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Might Denzel Washington Be Pairing Up With Al Pacino for "Othello"?

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act February 6, 2012 at 11:37AM

He played Othello on stage in college many years ago at Fordham University, and he just might be doing it again, this time teaming up Al Pacino as Iago.
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He played Othello on stage in college many years ago at Fordham University, and he just might be doing it again, this time teaming up Al Pacino as Iago.

But don't break out your credit cards to purchase tickets just yet, because none of this has been confirmed.

Here's what we know...

For a number of years now, Pacino has been interested in producing the Shakespearean tragedy, with him playing Iago; most recently, in 2010, while doing press for The Merchant Of Venice on Broadway, in which he played Shylock, he had this to say to the New York Times, "I once talked to Denzel Washington about doing Othello. I turned down Iago in the past because I thought there was a banality to Iago. Time has passed, and I have read the play again and again and found a way in... Now I want to do it."

Fast-forward to THIS profile of Denzel and his upcoming movie Safe House, in The Daily Telegraph, which included an interview with Denzel and the statement that the actor "is showing no signs of slowing down, with talk of him starring in Othello with Al Pacino."

I haven't heard any "talk" other than what Pacino said to the New York Times just over a year ago in late 2010. Is that the "talk" being referred to here, or has something further developed that just hasn't been made public yet?

We'll see... Denzel is certainly no stranger to the bright lights of Broadway row, having starred (and won a Tony Award for his performance) in a 2009/2010 revival of August Wilson's Fences.

I'd say that a pairing of Pacino and Washington on stage in a Shakespeare work will likely be THE hottest ticket in town, if it ever does happen, and you may as well put Denzel's name up there for another Tony Award as well.

Stay tuned...

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