As I wrap up my video reviews for Hamlet (listen to tomorrow’s podcast!), I’ve been noticing some (to use a baseball term) utility players, actors appearing in more than one film.
The films reviewed in (the previous and/or) tomorrow’s podcast (lead actor/year/director):
- Laurence Olivier / 1948 / Olivier
- Richard Burton / 1964 / Bill Colleran (video capture) and John Gielgud (stage)
- Derek Jacobi / 1980 / Rodney Bennent
- Kevin Kline / 1990 / Kline and Kirk Browning (based on Kline’s stage direction)
- Mel Gibson / 1990 / Franco Zefferelli
- Kenneth Branagh / 1996 / Branagh
- Ethan Hawke / 2000 / Michael Almereyda
- Campbell Scott / 2000 / Scott and Eric Simonson
- David Tennant / 2009 / Gregory Doran
- Eileen Herlie played Gertrudes 16 years apart (when she played the role in 1948, she was 11 years younger than her “son” Olivier).
- Patrick Stewart played Claudius to both Jacobi and Tennant (separated by 29 years).
- John Gielgud was heard but not seen as the Ghost in the 1964 version, then was seen but not heard (playing a vision of Priam based on the speech by the First Player) in Branagh’s 1996 version.
- Diane Venora went from Ophelia in 1990 to Gertrude just ten years later.
Enjoy, and hope to see you tune in tomorrow!
2 Replies to “Hamlet: 6 Degrees of Video Separation”
Diane Venora also played the title role in Hamlet in 1983 onstage at the NY Public Theatre, directed by Joseph Papp.
I would have LOVED to see that!