Jude Law Talks 'Wonderful' West End Return In Shakespeare's HENRY V
Stage and screen superstar Jude Law illuminates his participation in the new Michael Grandage-directed production of HENRY V in London's West End as well as his wishes for his ultimate legacy as a performer as part of a new interview.
Shedding some light on the title character of Shakespeare's historical drama himself, director Michael Grandage observes, "One of the things a good Henry needs to have is the ability to show the men around him that he can pull it all together even if the odds are heavily stacked against them. In the middle of that mix is charisma. And Jude naturally brings that to the role."
He humorously adds of his current die-hard commitment to nailing the part while in ongoing rehearsals, "I'm in an 18-hour-a-day relationship with Henry,"
Furthermore, Law astutely says of the preparation that playing Hamlet provided in his taking on Henry, "There was a little part of me - and I'd be a liar if I didn't say this - that thought 'Well, I gave Hamlet a good stab, I can go into Henry with a little bit of confidence.' Of course what you forget is that it's a completely different part, completely different demands, you're starting from scratch again - none of that held water whatsoever."
Law recounts, "Prior to rehearsals, I was thinking I was going to 'find' a character - who he was. And it has become apparent that, similarly to Hamlet, he has to be you. You've got to find that man in you, be truthful in the moment, and allow those moments to culminate into an arc."
Additionally, Law concludes he loves returning to the West End as much as possible and that theatre is his true love, relating, "It's a wonderful way to spend a few months, it really is. I love film but ultimately in my heart I'm a theatre actor. I'm tentatively optimistic about it."
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