Monday, April 22, 2013

Rocky Shakespeare III

What if Rocky Balboa and Clubber Lang beat the holy stuffing out of each other not with their fists, but in a Shakespeare slam?  They're still in a ring, still dressed in boxing gear, and Mickey's still in Rock's corner screaming at him.  There's just a whole lot more Shakespeare.

Watch about the first 5 minutes (you'll know when to stop).  I was wondering how they were going to keep the bit up for almost 10 minutes and the answer is they don't. Not even close. It's like they got bored with it right in the middle and went off in an entirely different, and unfunny, direction.  But I got a kick out of some parts in the first half.  Mostly the Clubber Lang / Mr. T character (who throws down far too little Othello for my taste).

All plays are on the table. There'll be no calls for lines, and absolutely no sonnets. Is that clear?

This year's Shakespeare Day Celebration is sponsored in part by Shakespeare Is Universal: Shakespeare truly is for everyone, and nothing demonstrates that sentiment better than his most famous quote of all, translated here into languages from around the world.   In celebration of Shakespeare's birthday, show that you believe his works are just as relevant, powerful and important as they've ever been!

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