The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0191 Monday, 31 January 2000.
From: Richard Burt <
Date: Saturday, 29 Jan 2000 09:48:15 -0500
Subject: Wild Wild Will
In carnival scene in an episode of the TV series Wild Wild West
(rebroadcast 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan 29 on TNT), Artemus Gordon plays
Hamlet (he's dressed in a black and white outfit and carries a skull)
and is confronted by the episodes's bad guy, a former Union officer who
ran a horrific detention camp after the Civil War, who is dressed as a
Roman and who, with the help of two henchmen, wants to kill Gordon.
Gordon asks him if he is Brutus and he cites lines of Cassius's, so
Gordon, says "Ah, Casisus." Teen the bad guy says "Good night, sweet
prince," to which Gordon replies, "Since you confusing Hamlet and
Caesar, wouldn't it be better to say 'Let's carve him as a dish fit for
the gods, not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds'?" Gordon pushes over
two plants to block his enemies' path, and then puts his skull on the
ground, which turns out to be a red smoke bomb, and escapes into the
carnival crowd outside.