A Nasty Piece of Work

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A Nasty Piece of Work

Postby Graceful Leonard on July 8th, 2011, 8:31 pm

Would you have any difficulties playing a character whose opinions, actions, and views you found utterly abhorrent...assuming the part was well-written?

Have you ever been in that position to date?

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Re: A Nasty Piece of Work

Postby Tom Baker on July 18th, 2011, 11:56 am

Dear Len,

No trouble at all.

When I played Macbeth, or Long John Silver, or Rasputin, I just got on with it. People said afterwards they had no idea what a nice fellow Macbeth was. And as Long John my wooden leg was greatly admired. One critic thought my performance matched my leg. But that didn't stop the society for men with wooden legs from hopping in to see me. There was even talk of a world tour but it was cancelled when I refused to have my leg amputated to make the performance more real. I bitterly regretted that decision.

I always wanted to play the Devil, but fate decreed otherwise. A few weeks ago I was asked to play God in a Monty Python piece but it was a very small part so I took Poppy for a walk instead.

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