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Exploding Shakespeare

Hell, I'd watch it
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When I was in High School, I hated every minute of the school produced Shakespearean plays we were forced to sit through. Imagine, though, that instead of committing suicide, Romeo and Juliet blow up. Just like that. Damn, what a great play.
AfroAssault, Apr 07 2001

Tromeo & Juliet http://us.imdb.com/Title?0114733
Body Piercing, Kinky Sex, Dismemberment. The Things That Made Shakespeare Great [blahginger, Apr 07 2001, last modified Oct 05 2004]

I think Shakespeare quite enjoyed a few bangs really. http://www.londonto...GunpowderPlot/e7d3a
[po, Apr 22 2005]


       MACBETH WAS brilliant ,WOuldnt IT be even BETTER IF INsteAD OF SWorDS THEy had rocket launchers? i saw a production of it in modernclothes,with guns
technobadger, Apr 07 2001

       _West Side Story_?   

       I guess they don't blow up, per se.
egnor, Apr 07 2001

       The movie "Last Action Hero" (yes, I watched it) has a moment along these lines. Kid in class begins daydreaming the hollywood treatment of Hamlet.   

       "To be or not to be... not to be *gunfire*" - Ahnuld   

       ...and of course the Leo DiCaprio R&J had guns and transvestites and ecstacy.   

       ...and the Addams Family movie had an extreme gore production of Hamlet too.   

       baked, scorched, burnt.
djymm, Apr 08 2001

       maybe they can make a shakespeare skin or whatever they call it for doom, quake, etc addendum.
nick_n_uit, Apr 08 2001

       is the lion king really macbeth? did anyone else hear this?
technobadger, Apr 08 2001

       I think I recall one Shakespeare play where there was cannon fire. Now we just need to aim it at the characters. Too bad Shakespeare was such a boring subject for you, AfroAssault. High school classes usually pick the dullest of Shakespeare's stuff to teach.
kitsune, Apr 09 2001

       I know of one high school that now shows "Shakespeare In Love" before starting their unit on Shakespeare. The teacher claims that the kids understand him better and care more about him and his work when they can picture him as he appeared in the movie....
Susen, Apr 09 2001

       Anything that explodes gets my vote.
iuvare, Apr 10 2001

       Mine too.   

       Macbeth is good though, but Lady Macbeth has to be overplayed as a psycho.
oobersteph, Apr 11 2001

       All's Well That Ends Well
SCENE I. Rousillon. The COUNT's palace.

PAROLLES Are you meditating on virginity?
HELENA Ay. You have some stain of soldier in you: let me ask you a question. Man is enemy to virginity; how may we barricado it against him?
PAROLLES Keep him out.
HELENA But he assails; and our virginity, though valiant, in the defence yet is weak: unfold to us some warlike resistance.
PAROLLES There is none: man, sitting down before you, will undermine you and blow you up.
HELENA Bless our poor virginity from underminers and blowers up! Is there no military policy, how virgins might blow up men?
PAROLLES Virginity being blown down, man will quicklier be blown up: marry, in blowing him down again, with the breach yourselves made, you lose your city. It is not politic in the commonwealth of nature to preserve virginity. Loss of virginity is rational increase and there was never virgin got till virginity was first lost. That you were made of is metal to make virgins. Virginity by being once lost may be ten times found; by being ever kept, it is ever lost: 'tis too cold a companion; away with 't!
HELENA I will stand for 't a little, though therefore I die a virgin.
thumbwax, Mar 14 2003

       Henry IV,part 1.Henry IV,part 2. Henry IV, part 3.Henry IV, part 4.Henry IV, part 5........Henry IV, part 9741....Henry IV, part 24,109....Henry IV, part 405,302, dammit I lost count.
po, Mar 14 2003

       Interestingly, I am currently proividing Special Effects for a production of R & J set in immediate post-WW2 Italy, sort of Mafiosi-style. There's a fair bit of knife fighting and gunplay. None of the performers have been injured yet but we still have plenty more rehearsals to look forward to .....
8th of 7, Mar 14 2003

There are things in this comedy of Pyramus and Thisbe that will never please. First, Pyramus must draw a sword to kill himself; which the ladies cannot abide. How answer you that?

By'r lakin, a parlous fear!

I believe we must leave the killing out, when all is done.

Not a whit: I have a device to make all well.

       (Midsummer Night's Dream)
PeterSilly, Mar 14 2003

       Glendower: I can call in air strikes from the vasty deep.....   

       Hotspur: Why, so can I, or so can any man. But will they come when you do call for them ?   

       Omnes: "INCOMING !"   

8th of 7, Mar 14 2003

       I suspect when the production of R&J that [8th] is involved in is committed, I'll be able to hear it from work as it's within 40 miles.
oneoffdave, Mar 14 2003

       To be, or not to be, that is the question... It then goes on about rocket launchers and machine guns...   

       What's wrong here?   

       I love the idea, though.   

       I've watched 'The Last Action Hero' aswell. Weird movie.
froglet, Apr 21 2005

       I watched Robot Jox the other night. Exploding Shakespeare with mecha. I'd watch the hell out of that!
jaksplat, Apr 21 2005

       This idea seems almost like an insult to Shakespeare and I would be offended except I probably would laugh my ass off if I saw something like that in one of his plays. YAY EXPLOSIONS!!
hobbitcoat, Apr 22 2005

       Hell, I'll insult Shakespeare: "Hey, Billy, suck my ass, it smells."
I don't care for many of his works (I know, I know, blasphemy!), but I did like The Taming of the Shrew.
Edgar Allen Poe would beat William Shakespeare with a rubber hose until he cried.
AfroAssault, Apr 22 2005

       How come 'po' is so clever? I know lots about Shakey and I think he is rubbish. 'They' should use 'Darkness at noon' by Arthur Koestler as a standard text - It's an incredible examination of the human condition. It's moving and very interesting, and a bit grim but what the hey!
weedy, Apr 22 2005

       Where's [po] when you need someone really nice?
david_scothern, Apr 22 2005


       po weedy - take heart, another love will be along before you know it!
po, Apr 22 2005

       [weedy] But watch out for the London bus love syndrome, where three come at once.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Apr 22 2005

       AWL? AWOL, surely? I know it's stretching it a bit, "without" being one word and all...
david_scothern, Apr 22 2005

       I reckon Mr. Assault would like Roman Polanski's version of Macbeth - I don't remember any explosions but it's just as full on as you would expect. In fact [weedy], it might suit your mood tonight - Lady Macbeth is a real bitch.
wagster, Apr 22 2005

       Don't forget Ian McKellen's "Richard III", shot in Battersea Power Station - that had some good pops and bangs.
Note to American readers: "Richard III" was not the second sequel to "Richard: The Movie".
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Apr 22 2005

       i like the sound of napalm
benfrost, Apr 22 2005


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