Patrick Stewart Returns To His Acting RootsBy T'Bonz
January 29, 2008 - 7:04 PM
A member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for nearly twenty years when he won the role of Jean-Luc Picard, Patrick Stewart has returned to his Shakespeare roots, starring in Macbeth.
As reported at the New York Times, Stewart will be taking on the role of Macbeth in the play of the same name. This original interpretation of Macbeth is set in Stalinist Russian, a Russia where treachery, atrocity and paranoia abounds.
Stewart was ready for the challenge of playing the demanding role. "I used to recite Shakespeare from memory,Ē he said. ďI just learned all these big speeches. Thatís what's so interesting about playing Macbeth this year, because Iíve known these speeches all my life.Ē
Director Rupert Goold has directed Stewart once before, in The Tempest. "Iíve tried to get to the depth of what his assets are as an actor," he said of Stewart. "In 'Macbeth' he plays someone who becomes a completely psychotic, deranged butcher, but he has a humanity, a basic soulful decency, an everyman quality to him. It's the same in 'Star Trek,'" he added. "The world around him is incredibly, vividly surreal, with cyborgs and strange creatures, and he's the human heart of it."
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