Friday, May 11, 2007

Great Art Attracts at Any Wage

Ewan McGregor is returning to the stage at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Unlike his high paying film gigs though, this time McGregor will be making the Equity minimum wage (according to The Press Association). McGregor will be playing Iago in a production of Othello set to open in December.

It is no mystery to me why a highly paid actor would want to take this role instead of (or in addition to) another higher paying gig. McGregor will be playing on of Shakespeare's most famous villains and one of literature's most interesting characters. As a reader, I want to read wonderful things, and actors want to act in wonderful things. If you can afford to, which McGregor certainly can, then you do it at any price.

Though I am still waiting for the version of Othello where Iago is represented as a projection from Othello's own psyche, but that will have to wait. As it is, I wish I were going to be in London this Winter to watch one of my favorite actors.

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