So I just watched the National Theatre Live’s trailer for Angels in America and I can already tell that I’m gonna be disappointed as fuck by Andrew Garfield. (and I don’t care if this shows up in the tag his fans can fight me bc i’ve loved this play for longer than he’s been considered an A-list actor)
Like yeah, Prior, as an ex-drag queen, should be a tad flamboyant, but it should feel… organic. That inflection of the voice should feel natural, which it does not coming from him. And the flamboyancy, the fabulousness shouldn’t overshadow how bitterly sardonic and angry he is. This is a man who has been dealt a death sentence, and who is now hearing voices, seeing weird visions and ghosts, he doesn’t know what the fuck is going on, but he puts it best when he says, “I can handle pressure, I am a gay man and I am used to pressure, to trouble, I am tough and strong” (last scene of Millennium Approaches) Prior sees his strength as not something coming from his own individual self and psyche, which is how Garfield sees it, but as something that he is because he is gay. For Prior, him being gay and him being strong are synonymous.
Like, as LGBTQ+ people, we are told over and over by society that because we are gay, because we are a “counter culture” that we are weaker than our cisgendered heterosexual peers. Tony Kushner sees that and says “fuck no, we have taken this hateful world that we have been dealt with and we have carved out our own piece of it with blood, sweat, and broken beer bottles, and that has made us stronger than you”
And Andrew Garfield, as we can tell from this interview where he talk about Prior, does not understand that, in fact, I don’t think he understands Prior at all.
Like I can get why they felt the need to hire a pretty-boy celebrity- a very heavy, very American, very gay, and very very long play like this one could potentially be a hard sell. But Prior Walter should never be played by a straight, big-name actor.
(Plus, as someone who goes in and out of the hospital, sick, short of breath, wheezing, and going blind Andrew Garfield certainly does not look it. And no one say “it’s hard to make people look that kind of sick on stage” because I saw Falsettos twice and you are wrong)
So, when my sister was hospitalized for severe pain (turned out to be cancer and she's in remission now), the doctors put her on Morphine. Turns out one of the side effects of Morphine is that it makes your nose itch and so I heard quite a few stories from my mom about how she was constantly scratching her nose. Are there any other weird/funny side effects of drugs that a doctor would give you like that? And what situations would they be for? Thanks!