‘Anonymous’ Director Roland Emmerich Gives Us 10 Reasons Why Shakespeare Didn’t Write His Plays

Anonymous, the story of who actually created the body of work credited to William Shakespeare, opens next Friday the 28th. give’s gives

Like I wrote the other day, having seen the film – I can’t say much about it because I’m embargoed – I’ll say is that Rafe Spall, the actor who plays Shakespeare is freakin wonderful in the role. You can’t take your eyes off him.

Here’s 3 videos about that have Spall, Rhys Ifans and director Roland Emmerich discussing the film. 

The first 2 have Spall and Ifans talking about their characters. Spall talks about wanting to have the classic look of Shakespeare, “we all have that idea of what he looks like,” he says. Ifans says his character, Edward De Vere the Earl of Oxford, was inspired by David Bowie (where did we just hear that?) and Karl Lagerfeld.

The 3rd video has director Emmerich listing 10 reasons why he believes Shakespeare did not write his plays. It runs a little over 7 minutes but if you’re into Shakespeare, it’s interesting to watch. I don’t believe it but he gives a good argument. 

Rafe Spall talks about his portrayal of the Bard


Rhys Ifans describes his character, Edward De Vere the Earl of Oxford and how he was inspired by David Bowie and Karl Lagerfeld


Director Roland Emmerich lists 10 reason why he believes Shakespeare did not write his plays


  1. Kenny

    October 23, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Great article, I watched the video when it first was released. The man knows what he is talking about. I am greatly excited to see ‘Anonymous’ it will be very different from an Emmerich film, but I think it will be one of his best. He is another great interview with Roland http://youtu.be/GFa6UKuSlfg

  2. Lance Carter

    October 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks Kenny. The movie is good and I definitely recommend it. Here’s a great article on it too: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/oct/21/shakespeare-by-any-other-name?CMP=twt_fd

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