It is rare when a cast can portray the same character on stage and in film. In 1995, the Stratford Festival opened Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night"; Timothy Findley's production of "Elizabeth Rex" was adapted to a television production. Actors need to perform different tasks and emotional ranges in dissimilar mediums. (Credits)
Barbara Willis Sweete aided the transition of "Elizabeth Rex" from stage to screen. Watch a scene between Queen Elizabeth and William Shakespeare. Adults forget to make-believe as they grow up.
Watch a scene where Diane D'Aquila portrays Queen Elizabeth in "Elizabeth Rex." Her speeches were cut in the film because the build of emotion seemed inauthentic. The actress explains how the camera does not allow a performer to lie.
D'Aquila found filming the climax of "Elizabeth Rex" difficult. Bernard Hopkins took her aside, talked her through it, and then ran the scenes with her. Watch her portrayal of the final scene where she removes her wig.
David Wellington reduced the theatricality of the scenes by cutting movement. Tom McCamus did not enjoy playing Edmund Tyrone in a "Long Day's Journey into Night" until the climax of the show.
McCamus accidentally hit Jamie Tyrone in the climactic scene of "Long Day's Journey into Night." He describes how Peter Donaldson had to portray "sloppy drunk" for two days. A good director is someone the actor can collaborate with.
Credits: Acting From Stage to Screen
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Many successful theatrical productions that begin on the stage eventually find their way to being transformed into films. Usually they're significantly adapted to go from stage to screen. It's extremely rare that the same cast who performed in an original production gets the chance to re-create those roles on film, but occasionally they do. What an interesting creative task that must present to the actors involved.
Length: 25 minutes
Copyright date: ©2004
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