Friday, August 15, 2008

Extra Shakespeare from Extras

“Episode 2.5.” By Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Perf. Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Ashley Jensen, Sir Ian McKellen, Germaine Greer, Mark Kermode and Mark Lawson. Dir. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Extras. Season 2, episode 5. BBC / HBO. 12 October 2006. DVD. Universal Pictures Video, 2007.

Extras continues to provide Shakespearean fodder (another was mentioned previously). Because the BBC series Shakespeare Retold came to mind this morning, I remembered this exchange.

Our protagonist wants to do something more serious than a terrible sitcom to increase his acting credibility, so he asks his agent about the possibilities. Here’s the conversation (starting with the line in the image above):
Darren (the agent): BBC are doing more of those modern adaptations of Shakespeare.

Andy (the protagonist): Right.

Darren: Doing King Lear.

Andy [Interested]: Okay. Who’s playing Lear?

Darren: Tom Bosley.

Andy: No.
Lovely. Just lovely.

And here’s an extra picture for you:

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