How’d I miss this?
Sir Patrick Stewart wants to do Othello again (he’s performed the role before, in 1997). This time, though, he wants to do it white:
‘In the big picture, everyone should be able to play anything and I am against embargoes on actors playing roles that differ from their own ethnicity or gender…I am in favour of as much diversity as possible because it’s art — it’s not politics, it’s not government, it’s creativity.’
What I don’t understand, however, is that Stewart played Othello white in 1997 as well, didn’t he? I remember that story, because they did a “mirror image” version with a white Othello and, I’m assuming, a black supporting cast.
Then again, I think the article is just weak on this point. I see here where Stewart clearly says, “I want to play a white Othello again.” Note the again.
Maybe this time it won’t be a “mirror image” gimmick, and it’ll just be … what’s the term for it? Race blind? Race agnostic? I wonder, then, how they’d deal with all of Iago’s racist language at the beginning. Interesting.