King Lear - NtSimon Russel Beale/Sam Mendes
Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:16 PM
And I'm not sure you can say for sure there are no laughs in Timon. Did you ask Will last time you saw him? My feeling is that you are thinking more of the old style of acting - this is called a tragedy so don't laugh - rather than the more contemporary view which is more ironic and cynical. Take Iago for example, no laughs? What did you think of SRB's go at that part?
Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:29 PM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:49 PM
In the text. SRB got a laugh when he denounced his wife during the trial scene which is plainly not the author's or director's or actor's intention. But I put it down to a failing of the audience rather than him, like those junior school parties who break out in helpless giggles whenever anyone kisses on stage.
On actors "liking to be liked" even in unsympathetic roles, better actors than SRB have been concerned with this issue and have tried to elimiate it from their performances, John Gielgud notably. Others have tried and failed - there is an interesting story about Jack Lemmon filming Glengarry Glen Ross for example.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 02:05 PM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 02:55 PM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:25 PM
"there is an interesting story about Jack Lemmon filming Glengarry Glen Ross for example. "
Oh, let's hear it please. I'm hoping to see Al Pacino's take on that role soon.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:01 PM
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