Recently, Tom made a surprise visit to The Globe Theatre in London to see William Shakespeare’s “Richard III.” He was taking a break from filming his upcoming Warner Brothers Sci-Fi action film, ‘All You Need Is Kill.‘ The experience was so awesome, it prompted Tom to declare, “I love theatre.”
So it got us to thinking: Who is this Shakespeare guy and how many hit movies has he written?!
Okay, so truth is, Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England in 1564 and died there in 1616. But don’t let the cobwebs of time fool ya. Hollywood heavyweights and filmmakers from American Buster Keaton to Australian Baz Luhrmann have looked to ‘The Bard of Avon” for movie making inspiration. Orson Welles said Shakespeare would have been a great screenwriter. But Edison didn’t reveal to the world the Kinetoscope until 1861, signaling the beginning of movie making history, 246 years after Shakespeare died.
Since the beginning of film history, more than 400 movies have been adapted from his work, making him the most filmed author…ever…in any language! Did you know Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ is based on Shakespeare’s blood-soaked tragedy, ‘Hamlet?‘
Below are five unique movies adapted from Shakespeare classics. Enjoy a clip and brief history about each. At the end of this post, we list FIVE Shakespeare plays. We know you know movies! So in the comments section, match the film title to the Shakespeare source.
1. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
2. West Side Story (1961)
3. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
4. Forbidden Planet (1956)
5. Ran (1985)
PS- if you’re ever looking for the perfect words to put on your tombstone, you might find inspiration from Shakespeare’s brilliant epitaph:
Show us you’re a movie expert. In the comments section below, match the following Shakespeare plays to the numbered films featured above:
A) The Tempest
C) King Lear
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