Friday, April 18, 2014

TGiF 418

A quote from an article about Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard at the Daily Mail, had Michael expressing his aversion to the word "evil" when associated with one of his characters. A lot of people felt his Edwin Epps was evil, and that perplexed Michael, and he's now asked about the evil deeds of Macbeth to which Michael replied:

"I asked how he was approaching the psychology of Macbeth. How evil was he? ‘I always have a problem with that word,’ Fassbender said sharply. ‘It never gives me any information, or helps me in any way. I like to find a character’s motivation. I don’t think Macbeth is evil. I think he’s damaged. ‘When we meet him, he’s a man who’s as good as his circumstances will allow. He serves his king loyally and looks after his soldiers.’
          And what about Edwin Epps, his character in 12 Years? Surely he was evil? ‘You put it down to                   insecurity, and fears — unless of course you’re dealing with a total sociopath.
‘Evil is a cloudy word, and something that’s not going to inform me to play the character in any other way than pantomime.’

Read the full article here, but it's interesting how Michael believes that Macbeth suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (which wasn't diagnosed in medieval times).

As I write this entry, the FF Facebook page is approaching 60 likes and has received a nice amount of traffic, so thanks for helping to get it off the ground and proving that I made the right decision expanding FF into new social media turf.

TGiFassy! and Happy Easter to those who celebrate!


Snootiegirl said...

I know this probably won't be a popular comment, but I didn't see Epps as evil (not like evil incarnate; he did engage in some terrible behavior). But he was one of so many people who engaged in these types of acts. He wasn't the only slave owner in the South. He probably wasn't the only one who owned a formerly free man.

And I was always moved by what MF said about finding his humanity and layering that into his performance. There is a definite Lady MacBeth/MacBeth vibe going on between Epps and Mrs. Epps. She takes out her frustration and anger on Patsey just as Lady MB thinks that killing the king will make her life better.

Both are wrong, of course.

And the men are their pawns in many ways. Epps and MacBeth are both trapped in the flow of their own times. They act as they are expected to based on their social standing, even their birthplace. They are both too weak to resist or make choices to change their situations. Add in the other complication of PTSD for MacBeth, and you've got a very fragile person. You might even make a cogent argument for PTSD for Epps as well.

With MacBeth, he has the redeeming qualities of trying to please his wife, sharing in her grief over their lost child, and his fierce loyalty to his king during the battles he waged. Epps? Redeeming qualities? Not much. He's really not even a person so much as a mechanism of slavery. What in his life is really his to enjoy? Nothing.

With all of this, I'm really looking forward to some comic book angst and outright sillyiness from MF this summer. :D

Snootiegirl said...

Finally, finally got out to see Captain America movie today. And the trailer (though not the newest one) for X-Men DOFP ran. It's the first time I've seen MF on the big screen. All of his movies I've watched have been on my tv or ipad.

And it was exciting. I goofily felt like I was seeing a friend up there living his dream. I can't imagine how surreal it must be for him to see himself on a theater screen.

And I got a picture of myself standing in front of the DOFP ad stand next to Sir Ian and MF's faces. So fun to fangirl today. Felt like Black Widow when I walked out of the theater--like I could kick butt and take names.