Thursday, March 04, 2010

Oxfordian Disaster?

We’ve mentioned before that director Roland Emmerich, best known for his disaster movies like The Day After Tomorrow and 2012 , is taking on Shakespeare Authorship next.

Here’s an interview with the man cast as Oxford himself, Rhys Ifans:

Who? Ifans is currently working on the next Harry Potter movie, but hasn’t been in any of the released ones yet.  Looking through his bio, trying to figure out what people would have seen … he’s really got nothing as lead.  Lots of supporting work.  I think I remember him best (and by that I mean, ‘at all’) as roommmate Spike in Notting Hill.  That’s going back a bit.

Anyway, what do we learn in the interview?

* Shooting starts in April.

* Shakespeare himself isn’t cast yet, but is apparently an “illiterate drunk” in the movie.

Sounds like a winner.


Lisa Ann said...

Yuck. The problem with conspiracy moves is that the average American doesn't know enough about what *really* happened to compare the two theories intelligently. If the movie seems convincing, that's what they'll remember.

How many recent movies show Shakespeare himself in a good light? There was "Shakespeare in Love," but that's mostly romance. Frankly, that's the only thing I can think of.

JM said...

Well, Alexander Pope treated Will as though he couldn't make up what literary mind he happened to be--somewhat accidentally--in possession of; but a Drunken Illiterate?
Looks to me like a case of anything goes, or, whatever brings home the "Bacon". I wonder if wacko-dilly-Delia figures in anywhere in all this cinematic pork tripe?