Denzel Washington portrayed one of William Shakespeare’s most famous characters in The Tragedy of Macbeth, a new adaptation of the 400 – year – old play that the Oscar-winning actor has never performed before.
He played the title role in the black and white film version of Hollywood star Joel Cohen, who was assassinated by the Scottish General, inspired by his wife, to gain access to the throne.
Fellow Oscar winner Francis McDormand starred as Lady Macbeth in a stage-like film.
“It’s as fate would have it, I never saw it. I did not escape it. I did not see it,” Washington told Reuters in an interview.
“Joel and Fran and I were lucky to be together for almost a year since the shooting and we started reading the scenes together. We need to get into the material, ask questions and bounce off each other and behave a little bit and how we all work together.
From Peter O’Toole and Ian McClellan to James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, many actors in Macbeth are believed to have first appeared in the early 1600s.
“It’s stressful, isn’t it? Can you imagine – someone walked up (and said) ‘Look, it’s been great play for 400 years. Do not confuse it. Good luck,’ ‘Washington, who previously starred in Shakespeare’s Othello production, joked.
“I did not feel that pressure. It would be good play whether I messed it up or not. It will continue and it will be open to comment. The same is the greatness of Shakespeare. It happened in every way you could. So this is Joel’s idea. ”
The so-called Scottish Play, Macbeth is surrounded by superstitions, which Washington says he “mostly ignored”. “The list is huge. Every day is a task or something you do not want to do.
The Tragedy of Macbeth, which has won good reviews from critics, is set to release on Apple TV Plus on Friday.