Wednesday, March 17, 2010

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other…

So this morning on my “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, on the “Daily Extra”, the game is to match the actor with his or her lucky charm.  The actors:

Geoffrey Rush
Cate Blanchett
Robin Williams
Meat Loaf
Sharon Stone

And the lucky charms:

Daffy Duck figurine
two stuffed bears
ivory trinket
elf ears

I do not currently have the answer, as that will be on tomorrow’s page and I do not tempt karmic fate by peeking.

Does anybody else spot what I did? Leapt right out at me.  At least 4 out of those 5 people have Shakespeare credits to their name:

Geoffrey Rush was Henslowe in Shakespeare In Love, though if that doesn’t count for you, you can go back to 1987 where he played Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night.

Cate Blanchett you have to dig a little bit more but you’ll find that she played Ophelia theatrically (in Australia) opposite….Geoffrey Rush!  That’s different. :)  I always, always, always confuse her with Kate Winslet.  That’s why she was so fresh in my mind, even with the more obscure credit.

Robin Williams played Osric in Brannagh’s Hamlet.

Meat Loaf?  MEAT LOAF?  Yes, that Meatloaf.  Apparently he was quite good in As You Like it before he went on to tackle a fairly infamous musical Hamlet.

The odd one out, surprisingly, is Sharon Stone, the Oscar-award nominated (and Golden Globe-winning) actress.  Try as I might, I cannot find any Shakespeare connections for her.  Well, there was Police Academy 4, but I don’t think everybody fully appreciated what she was trying to bring to that role.  Those that want to look for weird connections in the universe will note that Sharon won her Golden Globe for her role in Casino where she played opposite … you guessed it, Robert DeNiro.

P.S I hope it turns out that Geoffrey Rush’s lucky charm is the Daffy Duck, I like the idea of Daffy hanging out on the set of Shakespeare in Love.

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