History Trivia / Hamlet

24th Mar '18 2:43:24 AM lakingsif
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** CountryMatters
** HoistByHisOwnPetard
24th Jan '18 4:18:21 PM Kitchen90
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* DawsonCasting: Creator/LaurenceOlivier was 41 when he payed the title role. Eileen Herlie, who played Gertrude, was 30. The former was actually a pragmatic choice; with Orson Welles adapting ''Macbeth'' and also prepping for his version of ''{{Theatre/Othello}}'', ''Hamlet'' was the only other option and he had to cast himself as the lead to secure funding.

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* DawsonCasting: Creator/LaurenceOlivier was 41 when he payed played the title role. Eileen Herlie, who played Gertrude, was 30. The former was actually a pragmatic choice; with Orson Welles adapting ''Macbeth'' and also prepping for his version of ''{{Theatre/Othello}}'', ''Hamlet'' was the only other option and he had to cast himself as the lead to secure funding.



** Creator/VivienLeigh, who was married to Creator/LaurenceOlivier at the time, wanted to play Ophelia but Olivier felt she was too famous, and cast the relatively unknown Jean Simmons instead.

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** Creator/VivienLeigh, who was married to Creator/LaurenceOlivier at the time, wanted to play Ophelia but Olivier felt she was too famous, and cast the relatively unknown Jean Simmons Creator/JeanSimmons instead.
10th Jan '18 7:01:36 AM fearlessnikki
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* DawsonCasting: Creator/LaurenceOlivier was 41 when he payed the title role. Eileen Herlie, who played Gertrude, was 30.
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* DawsonCasting: Creator/LaurenceOlivier was 41 when he payed the title role. Eileen Herlie, who played Gertrude, was 30. The former was actually a pragmatic choice; with Orson Welles adapting ''Macbeth'' and also prepping for his version of ''{{Theatre/Othello}}'', ''Hamlet'' was the only other option and he had to cast himself as the lead to secure funding.
* DirectedByCastmemberDirectedByCastmember: Laurence Olivier naturally played Hamlet, his father and was director.
* DuelingWorks: With Orson Welles's ''{{Theatre/Macbeth}}''. Laurence Olivier had planned to adapt that but changed to ''Hamlet'' when he realised the other one would come out first.
* {{Jossed}}: For years it was suspected that John Gielgud was the voice of Hamlet's father. It was just Laurence Olivier himself with his voice altered. Amusingly enough he would later play the ghost twice more.



* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The reason the film is in black and white? Laurence Olivier claims "I was in the middle of a furious row with Technicolor."



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/VivienLeigh, who was married to Creator/LaurenceOlivier at the time, wanted to play Ophelia but Olivier felt she was too famous, and cast the relatively unknown Jean Simmons instead.


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Creator/VivienLeigh, who was married to Creator/LaurenceOlivier at the time, wanted to play Ophelia but Olivier felt she was too famous, and cast the relatively unknown Jean Simmons instead.

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** Many actresses reportedly turned down the role of Gertrude because of "age concerns".
** Claire Bloom auditioned for the role of Ophelia. She would later get to play Lady Anne in ''Theatre/RichardIII'', Laurence Olivier's final Shakespeare film (directed by him anyway).

!!1990 film:
* DoingItForTheArt: Mel Gibson founded his own production company so as to be able to fund the movie.
* PlayingAgainstType: The first time that Glenn Close had ever done Shakespeare. Mel Gibson had previously done one version of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''.
4th Dec '17 10:18:47 AM ClintEastwood
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!!The play



* ActorAllusion: In the Branagh version, Claudius was played by Creator/DerekJacobi. That wasn't [[Series/IClaudius the first time he'd played a Claudius]].



* ExecutiveMeddling: Kenneth Branagh was only able to get financing under two conditions: a) An AllStarCast and b) and shorter cut for wider release.


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!!1948 film
* ActingForTwo[=/=]TalkingToHimself: Creator/LaurenceOlivier played both Hamlet and his father.
* DawsonCasting: Creator/LaurenceOlivier was 41 when he payed the title role. Eileen Herlie, who played Gertrude, was 30.
* DirectedByCastmember
* NoStuntDouble: The final scene to be filmed was the famous shot of Creator/LaurenceOlivier jumping off a high tower onto Claudius and killing him, because it was considered to be so dangerous that it was feared that Olivier would injure himself too badly performing the stunt to film any other scenes. Olivier emerged uninjured from the leap, but the stuntman doubling as Claudius was knocked out from the impact and lost two teeth.
* TheOtherMarty: Stanley Holloway was an 11th-hour choice; the actor who was supposed to play the grave digger, F.J. [=McCormick=], died shortly before filming.
* ThoseTwoActors: This was the first of 24 films in which Creator/ChristopherLee (Spear Carrier) and Creator/PeterCushing (Osric) both appeared.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/VivienLeigh, who was married to Creator/LaurenceOlivier at the time, wanted to play Ophelia but Olivier felt she was too famous, and cast the relatively unknown Jean Simmons instead.


!!1996 film
* ActorAllusion: Claudius was played by Creator/DerekJacobi. That wasn't [[Series/IClaudius the first time he'd played a Claudius]].
* DirectedByCastmember
* ExecutiveMeddling: Creator/KennethBranagh was only able to get financing under two conditions: a) An AllStarCast and b) and shorter cut for wider release.
21st Jun '17 8:43:57 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* ActorAllusion: In the Branagh version, Claudius was played by Creator/DerekJacobi. That wasn't [[Series/IClaudius the first time he'd played a Claudius]].
19th Aug '16 5:21:25 AM 06tele
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* WordOfStPaul: The text of much of the notoriously garbled First Quarto of Hamlet is widely believed to have been reconstructed from memory by whoever played Marcellus in an early production, because all the scenes with Marcellus in them are closer to their counterparts in later editions, whereas whenever Marcellus is offstage the text starts to read like a best guess by someone who's witnessed several productions but has never bothered to memorise the whole thing. The 'mousetrap' scenes in the First Quarto are also very much as they are in later editions, suggesting that the actor doubled up (highly common in Renaissance theatre) and was in those scenes too.
2nd May '16 6:25:05 PM eowynjedi
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** Also, when Hamlet is referenced in media or other fiction, it usually combines his "To be or not to be" with the image of him holding Yorick's skull, which is a different scene altogether.
25th Apr '16 8:56:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Why on Earth would [[Film/HarryPotter Professor Lockhart]] be trying to kill [[Series/DoctorWho the Master]]?
** Why would [[Series/DoctorWho the Tenth Doctor]] be trying to kill [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard]]? It's especially creepy because Creator/DavidTennant's "mad" Hamlet is unnervingly like his goofy Doctor.
*** On the other hand, it's pretty easy to understand why [[Series/JessicaJones2015 Kilgrave]] would see [[Film/XMen Professor Xavier]] as a serious threat.
** In Michael Almereyda's film version, [[Film/{{Dune}} Paul Atreides]] gets to be on the receiving end of a son's vengeance for his father's death.
** At the National Theatre, [[Series/{{Sherlock}} Sherlock Holmes]] plots to kill [[Series/GameOfThrones Mance Rayder]].
4th Mar '16 8:48:59 AM annieholmes
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** At the National Theatre, [[Series/Sherlock Sherlock Holmes]] plots to kill [[Series/GameOfThrones Mance Rayder]].

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** At the National Theatre, [[Series/Sherlock [[Series/{{Sherlock}} Sherlock Holmes]] plots to kill [[Series/GameOfThrones Mance Rayder]].
4th Mar '16 8:48:42 AM annieholmes
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** At the National Theatre, [[Series/Sherlock Sherlock Holmes]] plots to kill [[Series/GameOfThrones Mance Rayder]].
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