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Denzel Washington dismisses superstition surrounding Macbeth: ‘Didn’t concentrate’

Denzel Washington portrays considered one of William Shakespeare’s most famed characters in The Tragedy of Macbeth, a brand new adaptation of the 400-year-old play the Oscar profitable actor says he had by no means noticed staged prior to.

The Hollywood superstar performs the titular position in Joel Coen’s black and white movie model of the tragedy a couple of Scottish basic who, spurred on by way of his spouse, commits homicide to get entry to the throne.

Fellow Oscar winner Frances McDormand performs Girl Macbeth within the stage-like film.

“It simply so occurs as destiny would have it, I’ve by no means noticed it. I wasn’t keeping off it. I simply hadn’t noticed it,” Washington advised Reuters in an interview.

“I used to be lucky in that Joel and Fran and myself were given in combination with regards to a 12 months out from taking pictures and we began studying scenes in combination. We were given to get into the fabric and ask questions and soar off of one another and act slightly bit and notice how all of us paintings in combination.”

From Peter O’Toole and Ian McKellen to James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, a protracted listing of actors have performed the lead in Macbeth, which is assumed to were first carried out within the early 1600s.

“That’s power, huh? Are you able to believe that – any individual walks up (and says) ‘Glance, it’s been a super play for 400 years. Don’t mess it up. Excellent good fortune,” Washington, who in the past starred in a manufacturing of Shakespeare’s Othello, joked.

“I didn’t really feel that power. It was once going to be a excellent play, whether or not I messed it up or now not. It’ll proceed to be and it’s open to interpretation. That’s the beauty of Shakespeare. It’s been performed each and every which manner you’ll be able to. So this was once Joel’s thought.”

Referred to as The Scottish Play, Macbeth is surrounded by way of superstition, one thing Washington mentioned he “didn’t pay a lot consideration to”. “The listing is simply too lengthy. On a daily basis there’s some other factor you’re now not intended to do or one thing.”

The Tragedy of Macbeth, which has received rave evaluations from critics, will unlock on Apple TV Plus on Friday.

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