The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1438 Thursday, 1 September 2005
Date: Tuesday, 30 Aug 2005 23:55:11 +0800
Subject: 16.1432 Tom Cruise-Shakespeare Hoax
Comment: RE: SHK 16.1432 Tom Cruise-Shakespeare Hoax
>Virginia M. Byrne wrote:
>>I personally think it is absolutely amazing that Tom Cruise
>>knows of Shakespeare.
>Beneath the egotistical displays Cruise is an intelligent actor, as he
>showed in, eg, Rain Man (1988), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), and
>Collateral (2004). But even with the celebrity he can't shake, Cruise
>could play Benedick or Petruchio--in a movie, not on stage..
Cruise and Nicole Kidman also took two years out of their very
profitable careers to work on Stanley Kubrick's _Eyes Wide Shut_. The
fact that the film was generally regarded as a disappointment -- in
spite of their performances -- should not detract from their willingness
to take a large financial sacrifice to work with one of the most
important and demanding directors around.
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