Joel Coens embarks on directing for the first time without his brother, Ethan, to leave his own solo label. The tragedy of Macbeth, a film remake of William Shakespeare’s play stars Denzel Washington Y Frances McDormand, in the roles of Lord and Lady Macbeth. The adaptation of this classic mixes elements of theater and cinema to recount the tragic events that marked this fictitious political class as a result of a prophecy, giving a place to the ambition and psychological damage of this man who managed to become King of Scotland .
alex hassel plays Ross, a noble envoy of the king, and Corey Hawkin is Macduff, Baron of Fife, two characters who were key players in the original story reflected in the film for AppleTV+. Infobae spoke with the two British stars about the process to bring them back to life, the experience of being directed under Joel’s style and the differences they found with their other recent projects such as Cowboy Bebop Y In the neighborhood.
“You want to pinpoint what the character wants and what kind of personality they have, but in this case, we wanted a kind of chameleon,” he said. Hassell about the creative work of the American filmmaker to bring Ross to the big screen with an attribute that makes him different from his performance in other films and stagings. “I hope people get involved with Ross and think he’s doing one thing, but underneath it all, he has other plans.”
“I think it’s an amazing vision that they created, often when you see shakespeare in movies you can get distracted by the visuals and it can be difficult to focus on the complex and dense dialogue and the story that is told through it. I think the real gift of this movie is that it all comes back to [propia] history,” he added.
For its part, hawkins believes that his character is “very simple and moralistic”: “He represents the opposite side [de Macbeth]. They are two sides of the same coin, they come from the same world, but Macbeth chooses a different path or fate pushes him that way. Is Macduff is the moral compass? Or just witches haven’t been found on the battlefield yet […] He knocks the man down, but it’s about the road to get there, I found it fascinating.”
With regard to the ethnic diversity of actors proposed in this film, he maintained that we all have the property of interpreting classic works and especially Shakespeare, who broke the schemes in his scripts for centuries. “To do that in a movie, which will literally live forever, I think is a cinematic masterpiece,” he said: “[La diversidad] It reminds us that we all own this material and we can’t be afraid that only certain kinds of people can speak Shakespeare.”
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“I felt incredibly supported, that I could walk on set and make mistakes in front of my heroes…” he admitted. Corey Hawkin. During rehearsals, the cast became a kind of theater company in which the main element was trust. In the case of alex hassel, considered that the attitude of Denzel Washington it was that of a leader on the set, “he was very gentle, encouraging and collaborative… I found him very inspiring.”
In The tragedy of Macbeth, director Joel Coens commitment to a cinematographic language that is based on many elements of the theater without ceasing to be an audiovisual proposal for the big screen. Using black and white, long silences and sound effects that break the calm, the plot has a in crescendo as Macbeth pursues his ambition, advised by his wife, not caring how many lives he will take to enforce his destiny to be crowned monarch.
Cowboy Bebop, In the neighborhood and shakespeare
Hassell also brought Vicious to life in the live action from Cowboy Bebop and the biggest difference he found with his other performances had to do with physical preparation. “I spent a lot of time learning to fight and working on the physique of the character, that was a great opportunity to work with an incredible stunt team,” he confessed while regretting the sudden cancellation of the program:
“I am very angry that people felt connected to the series and wanted to see more of it… I try to take it in a way that Spike Spiegel he would, when he says: ‘What happens, happens’. And the idea of being like water and flowing. In this business, you have to learn to be very malleable with your hopes and wishes, so it’s a shame we can’t work together again and create more, but at the same time, I’m really excited to see what comes next.”
At the acting level, hawkins He was quite tied to the theater while playing his most recent film roles. The best teaching he found filming so much In the neighborhood, based on the original work of Lin-Manuel Miranda, like the new movie Coen was to explore its limits. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching Frances, Denzel and Joel, it’s that the only way to grow is to get out of your comfort zone. And that I also lived with In the neighborhood, singing and dancing, it was very fun and completely opposite to what I had done before. With MacbethI was able to go back to something else I love: Shakespeare.”
The tragedy of Macbeth opens on January 14 in appletv+.