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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1114  Tuesday, 25 May 2004

From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Monday, 24 May 2004 09:45:15 -0400
Subject: 15.1103 Films
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1103 Films

 >Assuming the Troilus film is produced and there's no overlap of actors
 >between the two, who should be cast?  Maybe Michelle Pfeiffer as
 >Cressida.

I'm not sure why anyone would cast Pfeiffer in anything even remotely
Shakespearean, since she's on record in several interviews admitting
that she accepted the role of Titania in the Hoffman Midsummer Night's
Dream without knowing much at all about Shakespeare.  She also says she
quickly discovered she was in way over her head, understanding neither
the language nor the character.  Personally, I find her language stilted
and unnatural, and if you watch it again, you will see she looks
terribly uncomfortable and stiff.

I do admire her candor for admitting she was out of her league.  That's
not an easy thing to do.  But I also can't imagine how any amount of
training and coaching could help her gain enough natural fluidity of
language and comportment to carry a major Shakespearean role.

Also, isn't Pfeiffer a tad old to pull off Cressida?

Be that as it may, here's to the Troilus film and the hope that it might
come to pass.

Tanya Gough
The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue
www.bardcentral.com

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