Denzel Washington portrays one in all William Shakespeare’s most well-known characters in The Tragedy of Macbeth, a brand new adaptation of the 400-year-old play the Oscar profitable actor says he had by no means seen staged earlier than.
The Hollywood star performs the titular position in Joel Coen’s black and white movie model of the tragedy a few Scottish normal who, spurred on by his spouse, commits homicide to entry the throne.
Fellow Oscar winner Frances McDormand performs Girl Macbeth within the stage-like film.
“It simply so occurs as destiny would have it, I’ve by no means seen it. I wasn’t avoiding it. I simply hadn’t seen it,” Washington advised Reuters in an interview.
“I used to be lucky in that Joel and Fran and myself obtained collectively near a 12 months out from capturing and we began studying scenes collectively. We obtained to get into the fabric and ask questions and bounce off of one another and act just a little bit and see how all of us work collectively.”
From Peter O’Toole and Ian McKellen to James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, an extended listing of actors have performed the lead in Macbeth, which is believed to have been first carried out within the early 1600s.
“That’s stress, huh? Are you able to think about that – somebody walks up (and says) ‘Look, it’s been an excellent play for 400 years. Don’t mess it up. Good luck,” Washington, who beforehand starred in a manufacturing of Shakespeare’s Othello, joked.
“I didn’t really feel that stress. It was going to be a very good play, whether or not I messed it up or not. It’ll proceed to be and it’s open to interpretation. That’s the beauty of Shakespeare. It’s been executed each which method you’ll be able to. So this was Joel’s thought.”
Often called The Scottish Play, Macbeth is surrounded by superstition, one thing Washington stated he “didn’t pay a lot consideration to”. “The listing is simply too lengthy. Each day there’s one other factor you’re not presupposed to do or one thing.”
The Tragedy of Macbeth, which has gained rave evaluations from critics, will launch on Apple TV Plus on Friday.