The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1462 Wednesday, 29 May 2002
Date: Tuesday, 28 May 2002 22:15:50 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: King of Texas
Taken from the TV listings out of Entertainment
Weekly, May 31, 2002 issue:
KING OF TEXAS (TNT) The British are coming, the British are coming...to
the Lone Star State! First, Michael Gambon attempted a drawl as LBJ in
HBO's PATH TO WAR, and now Patrick Stewart tires to pass himself off as
a Texan in German director Uli Edel's horse-opera variation on KING
LEAR. Surprisingly, Stewart's implosive performance as Alamo vet John
Lear proves the movie's most believable element. Among the spotty
supporting cast, Marcia Gay Harden and David
Alan Grier impress, while an over-her-head Lauren Holly depresses.
Shakespeare purists may not approve, but in the end, Stewart keeps KING
OF TEXAS from turning into a real tragedy. (B) - Bruce Fretts
No mention if the original text is used but I doubt it. There is an
accompanying picture of Stewart carrying Julie Cox, who I take it is
"Cordelia". It airs on Sunday June 2 at 8pm on TNT, but I would check
listings to be sure.
Personally, I would love to see Stewart do the Shakespeare text Lear. I
think he would be outstanding.
While I'm at it, I would say the same for Derek Jacobi but I mentioned
it to him two years ago and he feels like he is still ten years too
young (although his Vanya was heartbreaking that afternoon).
Nonetheless, his eyes lit up and I could tell that it is obviously a
cherished role that he covets. Who wouldn't? Hello, Branagh? Anyone? Do
us a favor please.
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