Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Obi-Wan does the BARD

Ewan McGregor may earn millions making movies, but the actor has decided to perform Shakespeare on the London stage for minimum wage.
The 36-year-old star, known for Hollywood roles such as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the "Star Wars" films, will earn $790 a week -- standard minimum wage for actors in Britain -- playing Shakespeare's arch villain Iago in "Othello," Donmar Warehouse spokeswoman Kate Morley said Saturday.

McGregor was recruited for the role by Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Grandage, who worked with the actor on the musical "Guys and Dolls." The production marks Grandage's fifth anniversary as the acclaimed theater's artistic director.

It opens on December 4 with Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor starring as Othello and Kelly Reilly as Desdemona. Editor's Note: I love Ejiofor too. As several naughty dweebs have already opined - if only naked Harry Potter were still playing at the same time as evil Obi-Wan (Iago), this would SO be worth the trip to London, huh?!

Oh, and THANKS (as ever) to dweebpal PlanoKevin for passing along this loverly tidbit.


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