The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0654 Thursday, 13 July 2006
Date: Wednesday, 12 Jul 2006 19:57:09 -0400
Subject: 17.0615 Depp, Brando, and Hamlet
Comment: RE: SHK 17.0615 Depp, Brando, and Hamlet
One morning in the early 1970's at the Actors Studio, Strasberg began
talking about "Marlon" and how saddened he was that he did not embrace
the classic dramatic roles. The young Brando surely had access to all
the info out there about Hamlet. I don't buy the "not ready until older"
excuse. But what would his Hamlet have looked like? He was naturally
ruminative and had a peculiar gift for reading people. However, he lost
much of his ability to captivate in roles that required an accent. A
director to help him speak the speech plainly (without being held
prisoner by the accent) would have made the difference. Also his
ambivalence with authority and palpable vulnerability would have been a
fit. Within 50 years there will be a computer generated "Brando's
Hamlet" similar to the Rocky Marciano vs. Muhammad Ali fight.
Depp seems a soft, low key, sleepy type of actor lacking hot passion
close to the surface. Nor is he an actor prone to making unexpected
choices. It's hard to imagine what stage presence he might generate
while trying to restore a kingdom to its rightful state.
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