people: ben whishaw

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              ʙᴇɪɴɢ ᴀʟᴏɴᴇ ʜᴀs ᴀ ʀʜʏᴛʜᴍ, ʟɪᴋᴇ ʀᴜɴɴɪɴɢ. 
                      ɪᴛ’s ᴡʜᴇɴ ʏᴏᴜ sᴛᴏᴘ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ʀᴇᴀʟɪᴢᴇ ʜᴏᴡ ᴛɪʀᴇᴅ ʏᴏᴜ ᴀʀᴇ. 

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Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer

In 18th century France…there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and notorious personages of his time. His name was Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. And if his name has been forgotten today, it is for the sole reason that his entire ambition was restricted to a domain that leaves no trace in history: to the fleeting realm of scent.

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genderbent hamlet one may smile, and smile, and be a villain…

  • michelle dockery as hamlet, the conflicted and doomed heroine
  • ruth negga as horatio, hamlet’s loyal friend & companion
  • ben whishaw as ophelia, who loves hamlet but is driven to suicide
  • tilda swinton as claudius, the usurper of the crown 
  • hayley atwell as laertes, ophelia’s vengeful sister
  • colin firth as gertrude, hamlet’s father who is now married to claudius
  • olivia colman as polonius, ophelia & laertes’ foolish mother
  • cate blanchett as the ghost of queen hamlet, who hamlet must avenge

(based off discussions and comments made over the months at dailyshakespeare.
a bit of flexibility needed with characters’ ages vs. actors’ actual ages.)

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“Finished in a frenzy that reminded me of our last night in Cambridge. Watched my final sunrise. Enjoyed a last cigarette. Didn’t think the view could be any more perfect until I saw that beat-up trilby. Honestly, Sixsmith, as ridiculous as that thing makes you look, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anything more beautiful. Watched you for as long as I dared. I don’t believe it was a fluke that I saw you first.”

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You asked it as if nothing else mattered to you.

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I don’t want to have any secrets from you. I never want to have any secrets ever again.