By amazing coincidence I just got to hear an NPR interview with F. Murray Abraham, who is currently playing Shylock here in Boston. Did anybody else catch it?
Normally I listen to my iPod on the ride home. Today for some reason (fate!) it hid itself in my bag and I could not find it. Normally I would have sat and dug for it, but I had places to be so I just flipped on NPR instead. Lucky me!
* He's rather patronizing. Some noises were made by the setup people in the background and he stops the interview to say "We're doing a thing over here, so quiet please, thank you." Later when he references Burt Lancaster in a story he adds to the interviewer, "I don't even know if you know who that is." Total name drop.
* "Shakespeare invites you to try anything. Try your voice. Try your imagination. He can take it." I love that quote.
* He found Macbeth harder to play than even Lear. Although he doesn't elaborate terribly as to why.
* Being inside a theatre, he refers to the Scottish play. I was amused by how naturally that came to him, and was going to comment on it when I got home. Then the interviewer says, "I notice you called it the Scottish Play...can I just" and she didn't get to finish the sentence, which I would assume was going to be "say the name" before *I* was screaming at the radio "DONT YOU F%^&*ING DARE!" But he calmly informed her to wait until she got outside. Which she did. Why she felt obliged to say the name, since this interview was not about that play at all, I have no idea.
* I always thought he was Jewish. He's not.
Should be an interesting show. Apparently set on modern Wall Street (or a reasonable facsimile), with obvious connection to the modern day banking crisis.