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Shakespeare at the Movies- TIFF 2014

TIFF is in the air! The Toronto International Film Festival began on September 4, and will run until September 14th this year. The stars have come out to support and promote their latest film projects, and we are so excited to have them in our city! Many of the stars attending this years festival have lots of experience on stage and screen. Check out our list of Shakespeare and Shakespeare-Inspired projects that are a part of some pretty impressive bodies of work!

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Robert Downey Jr. (The Judge)

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (1995) as Lord Rivers

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Vanessa Redgrave (Foxcatcher)

Appeared in (Selective):

  • Anonymous (2011) as Queen Elizabeth I
  • Letters to Juliet (2010) as Caire
  • The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2000) as Prospero
  • Julius Caesar (Alley Theatre, 1997) as Portia
  • Romeo.Juliet (1990) as Mother Capulet
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre Royal, 1986)
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1961)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1959 TV movie) as Helena
  • Coriolanus (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)

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Al Pacino (Manglehorn)

Appeared in:

  • Julius Caesar (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1986) as Mark Antony
  • Richard III (1979) as Richard III

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Denzel Washington (The Equalizer)

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (Shakespeare in the Park, 1990) as Richard III
  • Julius Caesar (Belasco Theatre, 2005) as Brutus

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Kate Winslet (A Little Chaos)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (1996) as Ophelia

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Morgan Freeman (Ruth & Alex)

Appeared in:

  • The Taming of the Shrew (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1990) as Petruchio
  • Coriolanus (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1979) as Coriolanus
  • Julius Caesar (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1979)

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Christopher Plummer (The Forger, Hector + the Search for Happiness)

Appeared in (Selective):

  • The Tempest (2010) as Prospero
  • Macbeth (1988) as Macbeth
  • Othello (1982) as Iago
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1961)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1961)
  • Too many Stratford Festival roles to count!

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Shakespeare at the Movies- The Lego Movie

Since The Lego Movie is coming out this Friday (and looks completely awesome,) let’s go through the cast and see who has done some Shakespeare related work!
If you see the movie this weekend, be sure to keep an eye out for The Bard himself!

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Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius)

Appeared in:

  • Coriolanus (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1979) as Coriolanus
  • Julius Caesar (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1979) as Casca
  • The Taming of the Shrew (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1990) as Petruchio

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Keegan-Michael Key (Foreman Jim)

Appeared in:

  • The Second City’s Romeo and Juliet Musical: The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet (Second City, 2004) as Romeo

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Liam Neeson (Bad Cop/ Good Cop/ Pa Cop)

Appeared in:

  • Henry IV Part 1 (Lyric Players Theatre, 1976) as Percy
  • The Winter’s Tale (Dublin’s Abbery Theatre, 1979)

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Jorma Taccone (William Shakespeare)

Appeared in:

  • The Lego Movie (2014) as William Shakespeare

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Channing Tatum (Superman)

Appeared in:

  • She’s the Man (2006) as Duke