There are many reasons to love Shakespeare. Not least because, despite school curriculum and stuffy cultural commentators, he defies respectability. He inspires a fan’s devotion before he demands a critic’s appreciation. Throw in witches, ghosts and bloody violence, and he has more in common with sci-fi, comics and superheroes than it’s immediately obvious. (And that’s before the long tradition of Shakespearean actors playing in the sci-fi / fantasy sandbox. I mean, even Laurence Olivier played Zeus in the Clash of the Titans).
So Joss Whedon directing Much Ado About Nothing was always a mouth watering – and fitting – proposition. Now that the trailer is all over the internet, and doesn’t it look gorgeous, watch a couple of clips of Whedon talking about the project, both of them from the Glasgow Film Festival. This should tide you over till June, when the film is released in the UK.
Some choice quotes from the interviews:
Question: “What’s good about Shakespeare?” Joss Whedon: “Actors can’t say I don’t think my character would say that”.
“Nathan Fillion was terrified, which was adorable”.
“[I am interested in] Margaret’s interior life, which for me is something beautiful and tragic.”
Question: “If you were to do another Shakespeare…”, Joss Whedon (cutting in): “Hamlet”.
Another three minute interview from the festival:
And the aforementioned trailer