The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0259  Wednesday, 30 January 2002

From:           Jimmy Jung <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 29 Jan 2002 16:17:43 -0500
Subject: 13.0237 Re: Critical Principles
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.0237 Re: Critical Principles

Normally I avoid things like this when the get this serious, but some of
this conversation caught my eye.

I didn't know Ian McKellen was gay, but if I did, I'm not sure it is
entirely irrelevant.  There a zillion examples of gay actors straight
performances and vice versa and it is in the performance where they will
fail or succeed.  But there are things outside the performance that
circumstances may demand an actor work harder to overcome.  The fact
that my wife considers Tom Cruise one of the three most attractive men
alive makes it very difficult for me to find him believable as ugly guy,
regardless of prosthetics in Vanilla Sky.  (Me and one of those guys
from thirtysomething are the other two).  Ellen DeGeneres, is very
funny, but not a great actress, and I found her unconvincing as the
straight-Ellen before she came out on her old show.  On the other hand,
The Shakespeare Theater, here in Washington, cast a woman as both
Falstaff and as Jonson's Volpone - quite a hurdle, but accomplished
quite deftly.  OJ Simpson's performance didn't change, but the "Naked
Gun" movies just aren't as funny anymore.


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