Okay, guys. So yesterday, I was scrolling through Tumblr, browsing the Harry Potter tag, and I came across something about two of my favorite actors from the franchise, James and Oliver Phelps. I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love the Weasley twins, how Fred was my fictional boyfriend for like eight years before JK Rowling MURDERED him, and how I actually felt like I’d lost a friend after I finished reading the seventh book. Fortunately, I can live happily knowing that James and Oliver are actually both alive and well.
They are also apparently going to be starring together in a new movie. A remake of Hamlet.
I don’t know if I’ve told y’all this… BUT I LOVE SHAKESPEARE. I especially love Hamlet. It’s one of my favorite plays. I also love Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Twelfth Night, Macbeth (I could write a whole blog post about why I love Macbeth, and maybe I will someday), etc…
I’m not sure how he did it, buy my high school English teacher had this way of teaching all of us Shakespeare, among other great things, in a way that made all of us love it. We even ended our first semester with a trip to Shakespeare in the Park where we all had an absolute blast. That love for the Bard stayed with me all the way through college. I even wrote and illustrated an ABC Shakespeare children’s book for a Children’s Literature class.
Anyway, James and Oliver are going to be playing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in new version of Hamlet, at least according to that IMDB link. If you’ve only read or seen Hamlet, you might not think a whole lot of those roles. Their scenes with Hamlet are amusing, but that’s more due to Hamlet pretending to be mad than any sort of character development or connection to Rosencrantz or Guildenstern, and I don’t know about anyone else, but I didn’t really care when I heard they’d been killed at the end of the play. Easy come, easy go.
However, if you’ve read or seen Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, you’ll know that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two of the greatest (and most philosophical) characters in the entire play! Reading the play was a complete and utter joy, but the movie, staring Tim Roth and Sirius Bla – I mean, Gary Oldman, is just about the best thing ever.
I wish, more than anything, that once they’re done shooting Hamlet, then James and Oliver would star in their own version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Still, having my two favorite twins from my favorite series ever starring in one of my favorite plays ever… I will not complain!
Weasley Twins + Shakespeare = Pure Happiness
In other good geeky news, I found these AMAZING pictures on Pinterest.
As if the glorified combination of Harry Potter and Shakespeare wasn’t enough, now I get Disney and Van Gogh?! Is it my birthday?! Seriously, I thought I couldn’t love anything more than Fred and George as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, but these pictures are SO BEAUTIFUL and I love Disney Princesses almost more than anything and I don’t know a soul who doesn’t love the art of Van Gogh. Or that one Dr. Who episode?
I’m not even much of a Dr. Who fan and I could watch that episode over and over and over again. And Matt Smith is actually the cutest human being alive.
Alright, well, I’ll let you all enjoy the rest of your evening while I sit here in all my geeky glory. Chapter 27 of CT2 is coming along nicely. For all the Luke Rainer fans, he gets a little bit of the narrative in this one! I’m excited! He’s such a fun character to write. Good night, all!
oooooh, nevermind! I see where the Harry Potter reference came in now 🙂 oops!
And I just responded to your first comment explaining, haha!!! Oops from me too! 😛
Those are some wicked good illustrations! You’re one talented lady 🙂
Aw, thank you! I had a lot of fun with it. Most of my classmates thought I was crazy, but hey, it got me an A! 🙂
Only to say that I’m a bit overwhelmed at a couple of your comments. I could say a great deal but I’ll keep this short. Tom Stoppard is one of the finest playwrights ever and I’m a bit thrown to find that you appreciate him as much as I do. If you can put up with my lowering the tone of the debate, but watching a couple of his plays(Travesties and Arcadia) gave me what a friend of mine called a mind fuck (her words not mine!) Very interesting to find an American of your generation sharing the same tastes as an Englishmen of mine.
Haha, thanks, Tinsley! My high school English teacher, also my mentor, really knew how to teach dumb kids to appreciate the finer things in life! Tom Stoppard is incredible!