The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1604 Monday, 8 July 2002
Date: Sunday, 7 Jul 2002 22:21:04 +0100
Subject: Popular Culture: Samuel L. Jackson in Barclays Television
The actor Samuel L. Jackson has been appearing in a series of television
adverts for Barclays Bank in the UK. In the latest he recites (for no
obvious reason, apart from the final line) the following speech (or a
close approximation thereto) from The Comedy of Errors:
Upon my life, by some device or other
The villain is o'er-raught of all my money.
They say this town is full of cozenage,
As, nimble jugglers that deceive the eye,
Dark-working sorcerers that change the mind,
Soul-killing witches that deform the body,
Disguised cheaters, prating mountebanks,
And many such-like liberties of sin:
If it prove so, I will be gone the sooner.
I'll to the Centaur, to go seek this slave:
I greatly fear my money is not safe.
The effect is rather spoilt by the appearance of a real centaur, rather
than an inn! The actor has been employed "to appeal to younger
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