I suppose this was inevitable, what with “Will” on TNT premiering this week. Somebody’s gone and created a list of the Sexiest Shakespeares. That is, portrayals of Shakespeare as a character in television and movies.
Joseph Fiennes. Shakespeare in Love.
Any other questions? Seriously, I was most curious about how many entries this list might have, after Shakespeare in Love and Will. Would the Black Adder version make the list? How about Upstart Crow? Yes and no, respectively.
I didn’t know about half the movies in this list, and a couple of them look interesting. An imagined meeting between Shakespeare and Cervantes? That could be cool. I wonder if Cardenio was a major plot point?
I don’t think it’s fair that Dr. Who gets two entries. They didn’t even include Shakespeare in I Dream of Jeannie. I could swear there are other sitcom “conjured William Shakespeare by mistake” plotlines out there as well, aren’t there?
Aw, man – I started compiling a list (remember Robert Reed as Shakespeare in a Fantasy Island episode?) but it looks like somebody beat me to it.