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Martin Freeman Analyzes Aspects Of RICHARD III

July 10
12:05 AM 2014

Martin Freeman Analyzes Aspects Of RICHARD IIIHot ticket current West End production of William Shakespeare's hallowed history RICHARD III starring notable stage and screen star Martin Freeman recently kicked off in the UK and the actor discusses his participation in the play as part of a new interview.

Shedding some light on who he compares Richard III to today by referencing some current tyrannical world leaders of note, Freeman comments, "Characters' actions have to be justifiable - because Pol Pot's were, and Kim Jong-il's were, and Stalin's were... they were all justifiable to themselves. They didn't get up in the morning and eat a baby. They were charismatic, they were likeable, people wanted to be led by them and they wanted to be f*cked by them."

Remarking on the fact that this production is his first professional Shakespeare turn since acting school years ago, Freeman shares, "I can't believe it - I've been out of drama school 19 years, and this is the first time I've done it professionally. I'm surprised."

Additionally, Freeman says of the rehearsal process, "It's been long enough to find it slightly bewildering being back in the rehearsal room. But it's a reminder that it's absolutely where I want to be... It's where I learnt how to act. It's a zone that I feel extremely comfortable in."

Check out the original article on the matter here.

Photo Credit: Marc Brenner

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