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"Hopefully, the films will be seen again and remembered": An interview with Sir Derek Jac obi -163
"HOPEFULLY, THE FILMS WILL BE SEEN AGAIN AND REMEMBERED" AN INTERVIEW WITH SIR DEREK JACOBI Question: The play God Only Knows by Hugh Whitemore, in which you are currently starring at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, seems to take up very important features of the BBC Hamlet, in which you play the famous Dane. For example the question "What piece of work is a man" or the scepticism of books and knowledge. Derek Jacobi: Yes, it's exactly what Humphrey Biddulph, the character I am playing, is saying in God Only Knows. Humphrey says, we don't worry about what happened before we were born. Why should we worry about what happens after we die? Hamlet kind of worries about it, Shakespeare worries about it. In Hamlet Laertes says to the priest: "When thou liest howling." Or what was that marvellous thing in Measure for Measure when Claudio talks about dying: "Ay, but to die, and go we know not where". Death and what happens after death is a very important element in Shakespeare. In God Only Knows, my character says, why worry about what happens after we die, and he denies the existence of benevolence after we die. He says, religion is all about offering people a happy ending, but happy endings don't happen very often in life, and they very rarely happen in Shakespeare. Question: Books seem to be very unreliable in the BBC Hamlet. For example, you are pretending you're reading from books. Ophelia holds her book upside down,...
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