Q&A Jeremy Irons

Actor Jeremy Irons currently appears in the films The Merchant of Venice, Being Julia and Callas Forever.

What is it like adapting Shakespeare for the screen rather than the stage? It frees things up. A huge bulk of text onstage is fed over to describing what's happened, what's going to happen, but the great thing about film is that you can show it and cut all that descriptive dialogue and verse. What [director] Michael Radford did with the script was cut about a third without sacrificing the story line. As a result, the story plays much more dramatically. In the film,...

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