the romeo&juliet lesbian au you never knew you needed
s t a r r i n g - samira wiley as juliet; kimiko glenn as romeo; nicole beharie as mercutio; chadwick boseman as the prince of verona; john boyega as paris; rinko kikuchi as benvolio; ken watanabe as montague; naoko mori as lady montague; lupita nyong’o as tybalt; idris elba as capulet; renee elise goldsberry as lady capulet
bazluhrmann: The inspiration for the scene between the fish-tank came when Craig and I were so desperately looking for a solution as to how to surprise the audience for the first connective moment between Romeo and Juliet. I was younger then and we might have gone out to clubs a bit more. That night after working all day we squirreled out to a place (if I recall correctly called “The Dome”) in Miami. When I came out of the bathroom to wash my hands I looked up and saw a woman combing her hair with a brush through a fish-tank. It was a brilliant device to get guys and girls to connect through the sitting rooms, while protecting each room’s privacy. Obviously you can see where this moment lead … #romeoandjuliet
As much as I love “Exit, pursued by a bear,” I think it overshadows a few of Shakespeare’s other wonderfully weird stage directions. For example, Richard III features this peach of a stage direction before Richard receives Hastings’ severed head:
“Enter GLOUCESTER and BUCKINGHAM, in rotten armour, marvellous ill-favoured]”
Like, for a guy who seldom bothers who write stage directions, he takes the time to specify that not only is their armor rotten, they look bad in it.
I also like “He goeth down” from Romeo and Juliet.