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Depp, Brando, and Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0654  Thursday, 13 July 2006

From: 		Mike Shapiro <
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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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