Mulligan talks about her stage career, being cast in An Education, and the truth behind the oft-repeated urban legend regarding her writing a "childhood crush" letter to Kenneth Branagh.
“I saw Derek Jacobi playing Hamlet; it was transcendent, but it didn’t put me off playing Hamlet – it inspired me to play Hamlet.” - Kenneth Branagh
"The good thing is wearing something like that sort of changes how you stand and it gives you a sense of grace that you can use to your advantage as an actor" - Lily James on wearing corsets
Having seen Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, I can say that I think Kenneth Branagh‘s performance as an evil Russian business owner is the best part of the film (Branagh also directed the movie). It’s a totally cliche role, but Branagh’s a supremely talented actor so it’s worth watching him trying to grasp onto to some depth in the character When he spoke with Interview magazine about the film and his approach to it as both an actor and director, Branagh insists that an actor can find that depth by figuring out the character’s back story and letting that fuel a ... Read more
Based on how much Shakespeare that was being done in New York in 2013, one would never suspect that the Bard has been dead for nearly four hundred years. While Shakespeare in the Park is an annual summer tradition in New York, this year’s Love’s Labor Lost was just the tip of the iceberg for what has to have been the most Shakespeare-heavy year in New York in recent memory. Naturally, not all the productions were successful or well-received, but anyone who has any taste for Shakespeare could have found something to rave about on stage in New York in ... Read more
While it’s hard to argue against Clark Gregg‘s Agent Phil Coulson being the unexpected breakout character of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — the guy went from being a background character in Iron Man to the lead role in a television series — a close second has to be Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki. Hiddleston’s portrayal of the shape-shifting trickster god Loki in Thor and The Avengers has been embraced by audiences so strongly that it has threatened to overshadow the character’s heroic brother Thor. What’s most surprising about it is that no one — not even Hiddleston himself — would have thought ... Read more
It’s hard to believe that an acclaimed actor who has been associated with William Shakespeare’s work for his entire career has never appeared on stage in New York City. But it’s true — Kenneth Branagh has never been on Broadway. And while he has no plans to be on Broadway in the near future, he will be taking his acclaimed production of Macbeth, which was directed by Branagh and Rob Ashford and was featured at the Manchester International Festival, to New York City. The production in Manchester was staged in a church, but the New York production will be staged ... Read more
Kenneth Branagh is generally regarded as one of the top Shakespearean actors in recent decades. But is it possible that Branagh can get a little too much into his latest Shakespearean stage role about a certain murderous Scottish king? According to an audience member, an unnamed actor was accidentally injured by one of Branagh’s sword blows during his current acclaimed production of Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival. Branagh’s production uses real weapons during the battle scenes, and audience members in the intimate venue (a former church) have the potential to get pelted with mud, blood, and rain. The actor ... Read more
Kenneth Branagh has played plenty of noblemen and knights as the star of many Shakespeare plays on both stage and screen, so it's only appropriate that he finally joins their ranks.
Branagh talks about playing Olivier and working with Michelle Williams, who also immersed herself in her own role.
"He offered me the part right there and then! Let me tell you, this never happens. Never. An official offer usually comes in weeks later. I had to ask him to repeat it."
"Cleopatra was played by Elizabeth Taylor, and Gandhi was played by Ben Kingsley."