The great Shakespearean specialist Kenneth Branagh plays the deposed former British Prime Minister. The result? Funny howl.
Contemporary history and film adaptation are closer than ever to each other, and for the actors that means embodying real archetypes that are still very present. Shows great self-confidence to make a comparison with the original by yourself. Kenneth Branagh plays Boris Johnson in “This England”, who has only been out of office for a few weeks, and at the start of the first episode images from fiction slowly mingle with real news snippets.
Prana, Shakespeare’s greatest mime, director and specialist, could tolerate such juxtaposition. First, he convincingly reaches the heart of the prime minister, who has been overwhelmed by the pandemic – and second, he has reached a point in his career where even failure no longer hurts him in the long run. But he did not fail at all, Boris – the series “This England” Currently working on Sky – Very convincing.
Hercules Poirot and Oscar for “Belfast”
A glorious year lies behind Pranagh. For the second time, he presented himself as Hercule Poirot in the elaborately elaborate crime novel Death on the Nile, and achieved huge success, especially in the form of a flow. In the spring, his film “Belfast” was nominated for seven Academy Awards, which Branagh won for Best Screenplay. Belfast is a very personal business: The little kid in the middle, Buddy, whose childhood sanctuary has been robbed by the Civil War, is made up of his own memories.
Branagh was born in Belfast in 1960 and the family moved to EnglandWhen the Protestant Quarter around them collapsed due to the Northern Ireland conflict – he tells us about it in a sad and humorous way. It’s easy to forget Prana’s Irish background, he’s one of Shakespeare’s greatest specialists, like Laurence Olivier or Judi Dench. This is a special art that has a lot to do with mastering synthetic language in a way that seems completely natural.
A tragic clown, as complex as Shakespeare
On the sidelines of an interview about Belfast, when asked how he intended to play the still in office prime minister at the time, Branagh replied curtly: “With a lot of makeup.” That’s right, and it can also be seen in close-up shots. But he’s also totally wrong, because under a blonde wig he picks up Johnson’s gestures, quirks, and voice very accurately.
With Branagh, the howling and the funny are often very close to each other, as they are in real life. Boris Johnson is also a tragic clown, as complex as Shakespeare’s character. Great vanity characterizes his actions. He already knew that it would take vision and a bit of empathy to go down in history as the second Winston Churchill – only he always imagined that everything would be so much easier.
If he didn’t tell his kids that his girlfriend Carrie was pregnant before she publicly posted it on the internet, he failed as a dad, which is pretty obvious – and then surprised and disappointed when that wasn’t enough, the older stammer. A few sentences in a mailbox beforehand. It is still too early to tell if this characterization is correct, and it is not even certain whether Johnson’s political career was ever over. But if Prana is playing his part, at least it seems very reasonable.
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