History Creator / KennethBranagh

16th Sep '16 1:10:54 PM Pren
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* BlackVikings: Practically a trademark of his style. In ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', he cast Creator/DenzelWashington as the Prince of Castile; in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', it was Idris Elba as the Norse god Heimdall; and in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', there was a black soldier in the Norwegian army.

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* BlackVikings: Practically a trademark of his style. In ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', he cast Creator/DenzelWashington as the Prince of Castile; in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', it was Idris Elba as the Norse god Heimdall; and in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', there was a black soldier in the Norwegian army. The black guard captain in ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'' was considered by some to also be a case, though there's actually some historical justification there (at least as far as the film's time period can even be nailed down).
18th Jul '16 8:00:46 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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Other films in which Branagh has directed himself include ''Film/DeadAgain'', ''Film/PetersFriends'', ''Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein'', and ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit''. Films in which other people have directed Branagh include Barry Sonnenfeld's ''Film/WildWildWest'', Frank Pierson's ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', Phillip Noyce's ''Rabbit-Proof Fence'', Creator/ChrisColumbus's ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Celebrity'', Creator/BryanSinger's ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'', Oliver Parker's ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', Joseph Sargent's ''Warm Springs'', and Simon Curtis's ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn''. (Oh, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] Creator/{{Dreamworks}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''.) Films Branagh has directed and not starred in include ''Film/InTheBleakMidwinter'', ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', the remake of ''Film/{{Sleuth}}'', and ''Film/{{Thor}}''.

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Other films in which Branagh has directed himself include ''Film/DeadAgain'', ''Film/PetersFriends'', ''Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein'', and ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit''. Films in which other people have directed Branagh include Barry Sonnenfeld's ''Film/WildWildWest'', Frank Pierson's ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', Phillip Noyce's ''Rabbit-Proof Fence'', ''Film/RabbitProofFence'', Creator/ChrisColumbus's ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Celebrity'', Creator/BryanSinger's ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'', Oliver Parker's ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', Joseph Sargent's ''Warm Springs'', and Simon Curtis's ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn''. (Oh, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] Creator/{{Dreamworks}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''.) Films Branagh has directed and not starred in include ''Film/InTheBleakMidwinter'', ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', the remake of ''Film/{{Sleuth}}'', and ''Film/{{Thor}}''.
5th Jun '16 11:20:06 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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* AbilityOverAppearance: Invoked when he cast Idris Elba as Heimdall (see below).
8th Apr '16 9:47:02 PM jamespolk
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He is probably most widely known for his film versions of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] plays, which include ''Theatre/HenryV'' (1989), ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' (1993), ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (1996), ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost'' (2000) and ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' (2006). Branagh adapted and directed all five, and starred in all but ''As You Like It''. ''Hamlet'' is notable for including every single line of the play, [[EpicMovie running slightly over four hours.]]

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He is probably most widely known for his film versions of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] plays, which include ''Theatre/HenryV'' (1989), ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' ''[[Film/MuchAdoAboutNothing1993 Much Ado About Nothing]]'' (1993), ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (1996), ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost'' (2000) and ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' (2006). Branagh adapted and directed all five, and starred in all but ''As You Like It''. ''Hamlet'' is notable for including every single line of the play, [[EpicMovie running slightly over four hours.]]
16th Feb '16 5:02:04 PM jamespolk
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His television credits include an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallander_%28British_TV_series%29#Awards award-winning performance]] as Kurt Wallander in the ''Series/{{Wallander}}'' series (2008-2012) based on the novels of Henning Mankell. He was also the narrator of the ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' series.

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His television credits include an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallander_%28British_TV_series%29#Awards award-winning performance]] as Kurt Wallander in the ''Series/{{Wallander}}'' series (2008-2012) based on the novels of Henning Mankell.Mankell, as well as the TV-movie ''Film/{{Shackleton}}'' about Ernest Shackleton and the desperate journey of the 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. He was also the narrator of the ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' series.



* BlackVikings: Practically a trademark of his style. In ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', he cast DenzelWashington as the Prince of Castile; in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', it was Idris Elba as the Norse god Heimdall; and in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', there was a black soldier in the Norwegian army.

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* BlackVikings: Practically a trademark of his style. In ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', he cast DenzelWashington Creator/DenzelWashington as the Prince of Castile; in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', it was Idris Elba as the Norse god Heimdall; and in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', there was a black soldier in the Norwegian army.
6th Nov '15 2:13:24 PM Morgenthaler
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Other films in which Branagh has directed himself include ''Film/DeadAgain'', ''Film/PetersFriends'', ''Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein'', and ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit''. Films in which other people have directed Branagh include Barry Sonnenfeld's ''Film/WildWildWest'', Frank Pierson's ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', Phillip Noyce's ''Rabbit-Proof Fence'', Creator/ChrisColumbus's ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Celebrity'', Creator/BryanSinger's ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'', Oliver Parker's ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', Joseph Sargent's ''Warm Springs'', and Simon Curtis's ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn''. (Oh, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] Creator/{{Dreamworks}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''.) Films Branagh has directed and not starred in include ''Film/InTheBleakMidwinter'', ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', the remake of ''{{Sleuth}}'', and ''Film/{{Thor}}''.

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Other films in which Branagh has directed himself include ''Film/DeadAgain'', ''Film/PetersFriends'', ''Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein'', and ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit''. Films in which other people have directed Branagh include Barry Sonnenfeld's ''Film/WildWildWest'', Frank Pierson's ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', Phillip Noyce's ''Rabbit-Proof Fence'', Creator/ChrisColumbus's ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Celebrity'', Creator/BryanSinger's ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'', Oliver Parker's ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', Joseph Sargent's ''Warm Springs'', and Simon Curtis's ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn''. (Oh, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] Creator/{{Dreamworks}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''.) Films Branagh has directed and not starred in include ''Film/InTheBleakMidwinter'', ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', the remake of ''{{Sleuth}}'', ''Film/{{Sleuth}}'', and ''Film/{{Thor}}''.
7th Oct '15 11:28:09 PM jabberwocky1996
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* RealMenLoveJesus: Became a devout Christian after hearing Laurence Olivier, one of his childhood heroes, reading the Bible. He remains so to this very day.
26th Sep '15 3:58:44 PM nombretomado
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He played Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the 2012 London OlympicGames opening ceremony.

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He played Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the 2012 London OlympicGames UsefulNotes/OlympicGames opening ceremony.
11th Aug '15 7:51:44 PM Fireblood
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** His most blatant example of this took place early in his career. In Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing he has Creator/DenzelWashington and Creator/KeanuReeves play brothers. Okay, half-brothers. Fair enough. One of them is the noble Duke that everyone respects and follows. The other is his bastard half-brother who is insulted over how everyone hates him because of his parentage and uses this as an justification to be the villain of the piece. The film is set in 19th century Europe. So who do you think plays the Duke and who plays the Bastard? Wrong.
** His casting of Creator/IdrisElba as the Viking god Heimdall in ''{{Film/Thor}}'' generated quite a bit of controversy (Heimdall is described in sagas as the [[HilariousInHindsight 'whitest']] of the gods). However, after seeing Elba's performance, many reviewers commented that if racists idiots are getting upset about a black actor playing a fictional, supposedly-white character (and less worried about a guy who throws a magic hammer), ol' Kenny must be doing something right. Also 'whitest' is only one translation, it's more along the lines of purity rather than coloration.

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** His most blatant example of this took place early in his career. In Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing he has Creator/DenzelWashington and Creator/KeanuReeves play brothers. Okay, half-brothers. Fair enough. One of them is the noble Duke that everyone respects and follows. The other is his bastard half-brother who is insulted over how everyone hates him because of his parentage and uses this as an justification to be the villain of the piece. The film is set in 19th century Europe. So who do you think plays the Duke and who plays the Bastard? bastard? Wrong.
** His casting of Creator/IdrisElba as the Viking god Heimdall in ''{{Film/Thor}}'' generated quite a bit of controversy (Heimdall is described in sagas as the [[HilariousInHindsight 'whitest']] of the gods). However, after seeing Elba's performance, many reviewers commented that if racists racist idiots are getting upset about a black actor playing a fictional, supposedly-white character (and less worried about a guy who throws a magic hammer), ol' Kenny must be doing something right. Also 'whitest' is only one translation, it's more along the lines of purity rather than coloration. Besides, the gods can look however they want one presumes.
8th Aug '15 9:38:47 PM deathmaster87
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* CareerResurrection: ''Film/{{Thor}}'' seems to have rejuvinated his directing career. He followed that up with ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit'' and ''{{Film/Cinderella 2015}}''

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* CareerResurrection: ''Film/{{Thor}}'' seems to have rejuvinated his directing career. He followed that up with ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit'' and ''{{Film/Cinderella 2015}}''2015}}''. All three have been financial successes, and ''Cinderella'' in particular was a great critical success.
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