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The Shakespeare Code - Behind the Scenes (Part 3)
Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s set report from DWM #382 

It’s becoming light already, so the crew prepares to film the episode’s final scene: Shakespeare’s seduction of Martha, rudely interrupted by the arrival of Queen Elizabeth.  “I’ll sit in for Freema on the camera rehearsal,” says Mr. Steffan Morris, the second assistant director.

“Shakespeare is a fool if he goes for that,” laughs Dean Lennox Kelly, who’s playing the Bard.   In between takes, he and Freema lounge on the stage, chatting about R&B music and fellow thesp Alan Cumming (”Dean can talk about anything,” she tells DWM).

Suddenly, David appears from behind the scenery, wearing a ruff and a rabbit mask, like the psychotic bunny from Donnie Darko!  “Too much?” he asks.

“Far too much!” shrieks Freema.  “That’s not a good look, David.”

[…] On stage, Dean is whispering naughtily into Freema’s ear. “Do I make you nervous, sat here next to you?”

“I trust you,” she beams. “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say?”

“That’s the one.”

“Dean used to be a stand-up comic,” David explains, “and it shows. He’s very funny, very quick, very witty, and he’s nailed that slightly rock star take on Shakespeare. It’s clever casting, cos it’s not how a lot of people think of Shakespeare; you look at the young bucks of the RSC, I suppose, don’t you? But Dean confounds your expectations.”

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Behind the Scenes of The Waters of Mars (Part Three of Many)

Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s interview with Lindsay Duncan in DWM 415:

How did she cope with the physical demands of playing a self-confessed action woman? “It’ll either be the first and the last, or maybe someone will think, oh, great, she can do more of those,” she reasons.  “That would be great.  But trying to keep up with David, running around sets and down corridors, was quite a challenge.”  Earlier this year, David’s Planet of the Dead co-star, Michelle Ryan, told DWM: “Running against David is impossible. He’s speedy like a panther… I should have done some more training beforehand.” Was Lindsay left trailing behind too?  “David is fast in every way,” she nods.  “You have to keep up with him in more ways than the running. He works harder and longer than any other actor. He’s so utterly professional. The man has such a sharp mind. His thinking is so quick. He can turn really quickly, within a sentence, and it makes the character compelling. It’s impressive.

“But physically, yes, it’s really, really hard.  His energy levels are so high. You think, oh God! In terms of my character, but also in terms of myself, the actor, I desperately wanted to keep up with him, but I’ve got to admit - I can’t! I can’t run as fast as him. But I gave it a good shot. I didn’t want Adelaide to drop the ball.

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