You can watch some videos of the performance at this link, too. I don't think I'm sold on his performance, though I have only watched a bit of them so far. - DG

Jude Law, Tackling Hamlet From The Inside Out

He's a well-known movie star who's fodder for the tabloids, but Jude Law wants you to think of him — for the next few months, at least — as the Prince of Denmark. And as Law prepares for his Broadway opening in a much-anticipated production of Hamlet, director Michael Grandage says that shouldn't be too much of a stretch. Audiences in England, says Grandage, already think of Law as more than just a pretty face.

"He's known for somebody who enjoys taking on great classical texts and interpreting them in a fresh and alive way," Grandage says. "And, eventually, when you do that for quite a bit of your life and you go into your 30s, Hamlet eventually looms up in front of you as something to be tackled before you go on much longer. And so it was with Jude."

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Tags: Hamlet, Jude Law, Shakespeare, broadway, play

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Another LoS member posted a reveiew of his performace some time back. Look through the discussions. I'll need to watch more of those vids to build a solid opinion, but video streaming is blocked until after 5 PM.

Mel Gibson is a complete nut, and I've never seen his version of Hamlet, anyway.

My favorite scenes are the ghost scenes. Are you saying you don't like them in general, or you don't like his version of them?

Olivier is one of the best I think, and Branaugh is okay, but nothing compares to the Russian version that I posted here some time ago.

I don't dislike Jude Law as an actor. He did well in the Talented Mr. Ripley, but IMO, Shakespeare is hard to do with sprezzatura.
Yes, it is in Russian with subtitles. Here it is.

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