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12 April 2011

This is awesome.
posted by rainbaby 12 April | 07:44
I say we try to do an Ian McKellan post every day, because he is indeed awesome.
posted by BoringPostcards 12 April | 08:32
He kicks ass so hard.
posted by gaspode 12 April | 08:36
I saw him and Captain Picard Patrick Stewart live in "Waiting for Godot". They were fantastic.
posted by TheophileEscargot 12 April | 08:37
Huh. I just saw a good local production of "Waiting for Godot" on Friday. Do you remember which was which, TE? I'd guess Stewart was Vladimir and McCKellan was Estragon?
posted by rainbaby 12 April | 09:07
I looked it up, I was right! The article said they thought about each of them alternating roles, but decided not to. When I first did my casting, I thought McKellan could do either role, but Stewart (who is also amazing) wouldn't have quite as much capacity for all that despair poor Estragon goes through.
posted by rainbaby 12 April | 09:15
Yeah, McKellan played it as if he had a little bit of very early dementia, and it was really heartbreaking in some ways.

I'm not sure I like the idea of alternating roles. Seems like a bit of a gimmick to get people to buy two tickets: surely one actor is always going to be suited to one part? I'm going to see Frankenstein tonight where they alternate roles, and I'm never going to be sure if we got the right one.
posted by TheophileEscargot 12 April | 09:22
Oh, what great art work for "Frankenstein." Thanks for the link, new Frankenstein play, woo hoo!

I'd usually agree with you, TheophileEscargot, but in the case of "Frankenstein" - or dramataziations of "Frankenstein" anyway, I'm not up on the scholarship - much is made about the doctor and the creature sharing an identity - I'm sure they did a whole bunch of preparation to alternate the roles and had plenty to explore together.
posted by rainbaby 12 April | 09:31
Well, doesn't bother me that much. I think the girl I'm going with likes Benedict ("Sherlock Holmes") Cumberbatch though, and was a bit disappointed to realise he'd be in hideous monster-makeup the whole time...
posted by TheophileEscargot 12 April | 09:45
Gandalf the Gay!
posted by danf 12 April | 09:48
TheophileEscargot, you can tell your friend it looks like he's naked, though, the creature, or nearly for some of it.

posted by rainbaby 12 April | 09:58
I don't often wish harm on others (or at least that's the public perception I try to foster), but I kinda hope Fred Phelps sees this and it causes an aneurysm.
posted by ufez 12 April | 12:29
I've been interested in this version of Frankenstein, once hearing that Underworld would score the the production.
posted by filthy light thief 12 April | 12:59
Benedict Cumberbatch is indisposed! Never seen so many disconsolate ladies around...
posted by TheophileEscargot 12 April | 13:31
Oh no! You've got fifteen minutes, start with the consoling! And that is a Very Something name. Never heard of Mr. Cumberbatch before. Thanks for the education.
posted by rainbaby 12 April | 13:47
Sir Ian's a hero, now and back in 1988 when he came out.
posted by deborah 12 April | 13:57
Saw Frankenstein, wrote a little bit. There was quite a bit of nudity...
posted by TheophileEscargot 13 April | 08:24
Thanks for the update.
posted by rainbaby 13 April | 09:37
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