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Friday Forum: YOU Cast Jamie in Shakespeare...
(!!!!... I know, right? I apologize. Really.)

Jamie's gone on record a few times stating that he'd like to play Hamlet. Which most of us can probably agree we, um, might want to see just a wee tiny bit. (UNF) ;)   Hamlet seems to be many actors' dream role for a variety of reasons, but there are a lot of fantastic Shakespearean roles... of all of them, which would you like to see Jamie tackle and why?

Here are my three...(from one history, one comedy and one tragedy... I didn't set out to do that but that's what happened)...

King Henry V in Henry V
This was a no-brainer, in part because Jamie has already played the character in Henry IV on stage and I think it would be awesome for him to have the opportunity to revisit the role he played before, where now he's the lead. Prince Hal makes a huge transition in Henry IV from an undisciplined, rowdy lad who likes the booze and the ladies, then revealing that his reformation was staged/calculated and actually proving himself in battle before he takes the throne (God, how I'd have killed to see Jamie play that arc. Sigh.) - anyway, I think it'd be cool to see him now, more mature both as an actor and a man, taking Henry as a powerful leader and soldier through Agincourt and beyond. He's actually a bit older than the role requires, but that boyishness he has projects younger if he wants it to. And I would probably dissolve into a puddle of slop watching him deliver the St. Crispin's Day monologue. Lordy. *fans self*

Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night
I adore Twelfth Night; of all Shakespeare's comedies it's one of the most epic, with a strong under current of tragedy, but with plenty of clever and humorous commentary on classism and gender politics. On the page, Orsino is defined largely by his relationship to other characters - Viola (disguised as a man) falls for him because he's dreeeamy, while he pines for grief-stricken Olivia who wants nothing to do with his manly bravado but falls for the sensitivity of Cesario (Viola's alias) - but I think Jamie's strengths with emotive, headstrong heroes could give him a lot of depth. And he could also really sell the audience on how quickly Orsino shifts his affections to Viola once he finds out her secret, underlining that he was more in love with the idea of being in love than he actually loved Olivia and his true soul mate has been his confidante all along.

Iago in Othello
I have to admit, Jamie's guest shot on Dollhouse is what gave me this idea. Despite the brevity and scattershot development of that character, it gave us Jamie in a 180 degree turn from the heroic roles we usually see him in and demonstrated that he can be an effective and not just a little bit scary villain. (This shot - gah!) So I would absolutely looooove to see him take on Shakespeare's most complex badguy of all. Iago is keenly intelligent, silver-tongued and charismatic, and utterly amoral; he constantly lies to and steals from his friends, manipulates them to jealousy and murder, turns them against one another. He even murders his own wife when she betrays him by revealing his scheme to Othello. He has absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever yet he's incredibly compelling to watch, in spite of his evilness. Actors love that kind of a challenge, and I bet Jamie's no exception. ;)

Okay, those are a few to start... let's hear more. Give as many (or as few) suggestions as you like. And because it's the forum thread, feel free to just contribute a pic...I like this one. (SEPIA FTW)

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*Henry IV pic borrowed from


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esmerelda_t From: esmerelda_t Date: May 28th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I saw the subject line and thought Iago! straight away. I'd also love to see him in Henry V, especially if he wore leather trousers like Olivier did in the film.

I'm lowering the tone now, sorry. :)

Edited at 2010-05-28 12:16 pm (UTC)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 28th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Well, it is the open thread. We're allowed to put our feet up and be silly (within reason ;) )

asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 28th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC) (Link Me)
My favorite comedy is Much Ado About Nothing so I'd like to see Jamie take on the role of Benedict. I also wouldn't mind another version of the play filmed because while some of the casting is great, other casting made me look into a crystal ball and see the beginning of the end of Kenneth Branagh's Shakespearean career.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 28th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I was thinking of that, too. Beatrice and Benedick are such a great double act, tho, that I always try and think up castings as a team and I was drawing a blank on the right actress for him to bounce off in that role.

Speaking of Kenny B., I did just realize that he's played two out of the three parts I suggested for Jamie. Interesting? ;)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 28th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Yes, I'm abusing my own open thread comments to make a request:

Hadn't seen this Peak Practice still before. Commit it to memory, and if anyone comes across a non-tagged version, please bash me on the head w/ it immediately. KTHX. ;)
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 29th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC) (Link Me)
My vote would go to Macbeth. I know they usually cast older actors for the role, but I don't think the text suggests that he's that old.
I recently saw it in the theatre and I think Jamie would have fun with the whole descent into madness and seeing ghosts and whatnot.

Secondly in the play I saw they were wearing kilts, so that would be nice to see Jamie do too!
spongetrisha From: spongetrisha Date: May 30th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm going to be predictable and say Romeo from Romeo and Juliet. I wouldn't mind being Juliet if that was the case.
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