I live in New York. I am a comedian, writer and actor. My day job is blogging for VH1.com. I write about the silly things celebrities and pop stars do, so you know...God's work.
You may have seen my writing on many other reputable websites (McSweeney's, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, xojane.com, The Hairpin, Splitsider, The FW, etc.). I also write crazy blogs about Game of Thrones, Magneto and Jeff Goldblum.
Life's weird, right?
I just tweeted this, among other jokes and thoughts related to the whole Tosh rape joke thing (which is too complicated and layered for me to talk about in a simple Tumblr post—I may take my thoughts on it to HuffPo).
Anyhoo…Ethan Hawke. Wow.
So, I’ve watched four out of the five released “Shakespeare Uncovered” documentary specials that the BBC has done. They’ve all been brilliant thus far—including poor, silly Derek Jacobi’s special on Richard II that asserts Edward de Vere wrote Shakespeare’s plays—and now I’m starting on the MacBeth episode.
Of all the actors and directors available, they let ETHAN “THE ORIGINAL JAMES FRANCO” HAWKE, narrate and host the MacBeth episode.
Why is this ridiculous?
I’m not three minutes in and Ethan Hawke is already grandstanding in the middle of New York streets and admitting he’s never actually performed the role…and therefore has no connection.
Sure, Joely Richardson wasn’t in As You Like It or Twelfth Night, but her mother was in As You Like It, and it’s clear from up top that she loves and knows both texts. She’s done tons of reputable theater and her family has been performing the Bard for generations. Her special was awesome. Director Trevor Nunn hosts the The Tempest episode. Jacobi, who played Richard II in the late 70s gets the Richard II one. Jeremy Irons, who’s playing Henry IV right now, gets the Henry plays. David Tennant wraps up the series next week with Hamlet—WHICH HE’S PLAYED—and he’s former RSC.
ETHAN HAWKE GET OUT. GET OUT ETHAN HAWKE. I’M TOO TIRED FOR THIS RIGHT NOW.
(Oh, and when will Ewan McGregor finally get to play the Scottish King? I’ve been dying for it since I was 14.)