Damian Lewis as Antony in Julius Caesar: ‘Friends, Romans, countrymen’ | Shakespeare Solos
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Damian Lewis as Antony in Julius Caesar: ‘Friends, Romans, countrymen’ | Shakespeare Solos

November 5, 2019

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones; So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault, And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest— For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men—
Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, 1640
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition? Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man. I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know. You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him? O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason. Bear with
me; My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, And I must pause till it come back to me.

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  1. Did I say I love you… I’ve decided to study Shakespeare and my important exam has 94 days left… and it doesn’t require any Shakespeare thing

  2. "Let me have about me men that are fat. Sleek-headed. And such as sleep-a-nights. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much such men are dangerous " That is my favorite line in Julius Caesar and is the mentality of Politicians today.

  3. People so often say that it is hard to understand Shakespeare. When it is acted so well as this, it is hard to not understand it. I wish all things were so easy to understand.

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  5. Heston, Brando, both interesting depictions, but I love this versions of this speech. Wish we would see it in a movie

  6. Sends chills down your spine to see this right after watching and learning more in-depth about Caesar's time and the politics of Rome.

  7. Brando was fierce heston was natural and Lewis is sarcasm and emotion all 3 such great actors, but Brando's speech sometimes tough and bit rushing was what got to me as a friend and politician mourning

  8. adds to the force of the speech, and complements the delivery of Shakespeare's wonderful turns of phrases, wit, power, and unrivaled use of the English language. My other favorites in this series, The Quality of Mercy and All the Worlds a Stage. They have raw energy, and draw the viewer closer and deeper into his works.

  9. Just saw Jess Phillips do a feminists, Britons, LGBTQ allies speech in parliament.

    She needs a little more skill to pull it off, perhaps Damien can teach her some demagoguery.

  10. If you like this(and I loved it) check out Ray Fearon's performance of this piece in the RSC production. It's my favorite and truly some of the best acting.

  11. Just for fun, I’d like to live in a world in which Damian Lewis played Detective McNulty, and Dominic West played Captain Winters.

  12. if you want to check out how this can be done badly, i just saw Charlton Heston do this speech here on youtube and it really shows just how amazing Damian Lewis is in this when you see the two back to back

  13. "Anger ruins joy. Steals the goodness of my mind. Forces my mouth to say terrible things. Overcoming anger brings peace of mind. Leads to a mind without regrets. If I overcome anger, I will be delightful and loved by everyone."

  14. We travel up to Canada stratford our students enthralled by Shakespeare is there anyplace to download all Shakespeare plays?

  15. My favourite Shakespearean monologue, delivered wonderfully by a very talented actor.
    After that would you buy a used car from Brutus.

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