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Watch Chiwetel Ejiofor's 'Hamlet' From Documentary 'Why Shakespeare?'

by Courtney
November 4, 2012 1:10 PM
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This morning I was reading up on actor Ira Aldridge (Adrian Lester is playing him in a new stage production at the Tricycle theater in London - see Sergio's announcement HERE), and I stumbled upon this video of Chiweter Ejiofor performing Hamlet, from Lawrence Bridges' 2005 documentary Why Shakespeare?, which featured similar performances, as well as reflections on the Bard, from the likes of Tom Hanks, Michael York, Martin Sheen, Julie Taymor, William Shatner, Bill Pullman, Michael Richards, Christina Applegate, and of course Chiwetel Ejiofor, and a few others.

The National Endowment for the Arts comissioned the short 20-minute work, which is embedded after the Chiwetel excerpt. I thought it would be a safe Sunday post, since we rarely do any posting on the weekends.

First here's the captivating Chiwetel doing Hamlet:

And here's the full documentary film:

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  • Jug | November 5, 2012 7:02 PMReply

    Now can folks see why I've been imploring that he be T'Challa, amongst other lead roles.

  • Suzanne | November 5, 2012 1:12 PMReply

    This was so touching and so inspiring!

  • AO | November 4, 2012 3:50 PMReply

    He speaks so rapidly it's hard to comprehend and savor what is being said. Hope he slows down so you can enjoy the words.

    Frequent mistake when acting and even more so directing Shakespeare. Those who are familiar assume the audience can keep up and understand.

  • Helluva | November 5, 2012 11:03 PM

    Huh? I thought my appreciation of the performance was likely didn't read what was written. Ah, games people play...

  • lil nut | November 5, 2012 6:23 PM

    i implore the both of you to study the work! his interpretation is spot on!

  • Helluva | November 4, 2012 7:44 PM

    Perhaps. But I'm still quite impressed. Dude is the truth, plus it's difficult (for me, at least) to (mis) judge his take on the piece absent the other players, the stage, etc. One of the best working (and not working enough) today imo...

  • Wanett | November 4, 2012 1:59 PMReply

    He's so good, I can hardly stand it. Wish he got more dramatic work in the US.

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