Equally comfortable playing romantic leads and action heroes, he has never been quite a force in theatre. He has prioritised screen roles over stage opportunities.The last time he acted on stage was in 2009 in a popular West End production of Richard Greenberg’s three-hander .He’s got a big hole and he needs to fill it up and he’s never going to be able to fill it up. You’re doing English from Albion, as spoken in the south-east of Albion at the time. But it is historically set in a place as depicted by Shakespeare as incredibly brutal and incredibly violent, incredibly superstitious, and that is something that I do believe is representative of Scotland in 1044. What is great about Shakespeare is that he goes, "Right, there’s a new king of England, he’s James I of England and James VI of Scotland and he is taking over.where you get the voice of the west and the voice of the islands of Ireland. I should write a really nice piece basically saying. We’re really pleased we’re all part of the same country now.'" But instead he wrote this play that suggests we’re all bloodthirsty fuckers, we’re all obsessively bound in by fears and superstition and believe in magic and witches and that we’ve an ambitious ladder-climbing bloodthirsty king.
This, potentially could be effected cinematically, but to lead the narrative you would need a rare cinematic genius. So what you have is the story roughly preserved and a few character traits that come along with it.
The first time and use the entire square and have the witches upon in the roofs of the building and just being a 20-year-old drama student letting my mind go mental. as in life where you go, “I want more, I want more, I want more, I want more, because then I’ll be happy,” when of course you just keep wanting more.
But the first time I thought about playing Macbeth was when I was about 24, 25 doing that telly one. But from the age of 25 I’ve known I’ve wanted to do it so I’ve kind of stopped watching other people do it because I don’t want to be bound into not doing something because I’m worried that somebody else made a similar choice. If you’re getting the opportunity to do films and if you’re going to pay your mortgage and you want to be able to send your kids to school or uni or whatever, you’d be daft not to take advantage of it. And for an actor there is a part of you that goes, “I wish I was doing that and I wish I was doing that and I wish I was doing that." So when is enough?
Scottish people extend our vowels a lot more so it’s an interesting marriage between the two in terms of what your accent naturally gives you and what Shakespeare actually need sometimes as well because it’s written for an English voice. For unlimited access to every article in its entirety, including our archive of more than 10,000 pieces, we're asking for £3.95 per month or £30 per year.
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