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Depp, Brando, and Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0660  Friday, 14 July 2006

[1] 	From: 	Cary Dean Barney <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 13 Jul 2006 23:06:50 +0200
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0654 Depp, Brando, and Hamlet

[2] 	From: 	Cheryl Newton <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 13 Jul 2006 17:07:14 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0654 Depp, Brando, and Hamlet


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From: 		Cary Dean Barney <
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Date: 		Thursday, 13 Jul 2006 23:06:50 +0200
Subject: 17.0654 Depp, Brando, and Hamlet
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0654 Depp, Brando, and Hamlet

Depp might well make an interesting film Hamlet, if anyone's ready to 
film the play again so soon after the three '90s versions. I'd be 
surprised if he could muster much stage presence, but then again he's a 
surprising actor. I also remember (it's been a long while) being 
pleasantly surprised by Brando's Mark Antony in the Joseph Mankiewicz 
"Caesar".  That role didn't allow him to brood or mumble. He did much 
better by Shakespeare's verse there than he did by Eliot's in 
"Apocalypse Now". With a strong director-one capable of steering him 
away from his stock Brandoisms-he coulda been a Hamlet.

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From: 		Cheryl Newton <
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Date: 		Thursday, 13 Jul 2006 17:07:14 -0400
Subject: 17.0654 Depp, Brando, and Hamlet
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0654 Depp, Brando, and Hamlet

Mike Shapiro <
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 >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.

Depp has a mercurial, manic side to some of his characters.  A director 
who wanted to bring out the high-strung, mad young prince could do 
worse.  The first I heard of the Depp role was presented as accomplished 
fact, about to go into production.  I was disappointed to learn it was 
just chit chat.  My first question (monomania on my part) was, "Who's 
cast as Horatio?" My vote was John Benjamin Hickey from the C. Scott 
production.  But Brando??  I've seen several Hamlets, but can't picture 
Brando in the role.  Who would play his Horatio, Charles Bronson?  Play 
& subtitle: Hamlet: A Tragedy of Thugs.
Cheryl

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