“(Iago is) the only role large enough to fit in all of Kenneth Branagh’s ego.” – Cecil Betancourt
Due to excessive sleepiness and mental distractions of scholarly proportions, writing these Shakespeare posts with a clear and directed mind has become difficult, I must say.
So, to accompany me on my half-witted journey into the vile villainy of Othello‘s Iago, I have requested the assistance of Mr. Cecil Betancourt for some input. And, since I have not read the play in three years (causing much lost memory of it), Mr. Betancourt will now unravel his Iago-based theories and praise.
“I.A.G.O. WHAT’S DEADLER THAN A PILLOW? IAGO!
“IAGO WAS THE GODDAMN DEVIL. BY FAR THE MOST META-VILLAINOUS CHARACTER YOU’RE GOING TO FIND IN SHAKESPEARE AND HIS FINAL WORDS IN THE PLAY (BEFORE HE DIES) ARE LITERALLY A ‘F*CK YOU’ TO THE AUDIENCE. HOW IS THAT NOT THE BEST??”
My deepest apologies. Those were his irresistible rants……and now for the previously-mentioned theoretical praise:
“It seems to me that the possible reasons for his (Iago‘s) motivation to act (envy of Cassio, lust for Emila, etc.) are too easy and simple and as if he intended in his words to suggest them himself, further concealing his utter lack of rhyme or reason and the fact that he’s simply unknowable.”
(with my most heartfelt thanks to Cecil Betancourt)