The Daily Knight #19 – Now is the Summer Blockbuster of Our Discontent

The Daily Knight #19 – Now is the Summer Blockbuster of Our Discontent


Shakespearean actors in Star Wars, superhero and geeky movies, David Bowie and Alan Rickman RIP, Star Wars Rebels mid-season trailer.

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This is The Daily Knight for Friday, January 15, 2016. The Daily Knight supports Making Biscuits Cat Rescue, a 501c3 charity. If you like this podcast, please consider making a donation or adopting a rescue cat at I’m your host, Gerardo San Diego, and today’s show is about great actors, including Shakespearean actors, acting in geeky superhero and blockbuster movies.

If you have snooty art film friends or a cute girl or guy you want to impress with some Shakespeare or ACTING movies, check out this list….

But firstly, we lost two very notable famous people this week:

David Bowie

Alan Rickman

Quickie Star Wars News

  • Check out the new Star Wars Rebels mid-season trailer – blue colored tri-saber, Ezra going dark with a NEW dark master?, Yoda, Darth Vader vs. Ahsoka Tano, even space squids and whales.

About this podcast’s title

“Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this son of York.” – Richard III

Star Wars Actors Who Also Did Shakespeare on Stage or in Film

Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Professor Xavier (X-men)

Sir Ian McKellen as Magneto (X-men) and Gandalf (Lord of the Rings)

  • 6 Laurence Olivier Awards, Tony Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award
  • Richard III (1995 movie), Richard II, Macbeth, Iago in Othello, King Lear, Prospero in The Tempest

Geek Movie Actors in “Acting” Roles

  • Kenneth Branagh – (Thor, Henry V, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello w/ Lawrence Fishburn)
  • Tom Hiddleston – (Thor, Avengers, The Hollow Crown: Henry V)
  • Jennifer Lawrence – (X-men, Hunger Games, American Hustle)
  • Ben Afleck – (Batman v Superman, The Town, Argo)
  • Michael Keaton – (Birdman, Batman, The Paper)
  • Paul Bettany – (Avengers: Age of Ultron, DaVinci Code, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – (Doctor Strange, Star Trek – Khan, The Imitation Game, 12 Years a Slave, Sherlock)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor – (Serenity, Doctor Strange, 12 Years a Slave, The Martian)
  • Tilda Swinton – (Snowpiercer, Doctor Strange, Michael Clayton)
  • Mark Ruffalo – (Avengers, Zodiac, Collateral) – he replaced Ed Norton!
  • Gary Oldman – (Batman trilogy, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Professional, The Fifth Element, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead)
  • Christian Bale – (Robin the luggage boy in Henry V, Batman trilogy, Empire of the Sun – Jim, American Hustle, American Psycho, 3:10 to Yuma)
  • Morgan Freeman – (Batman trilogy, Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, Deep Impact – U.S. President, Seven, Unforgiven, Glory, Jet Li’s Unleashed)

Shakespeare Movies That Won’t Bore You (Too Much)

  • Henry V (Branagh) – BIG battle, this was before Braveheart and Lord of the Rings big battles
  • Hamlet (Branagh)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Branagh)
  • Othello (Branagh)
  • Looking for Richard (Pacino)
  • Richard III (Ian McKellen)

Merchant Ivory – type Movies That Won’t Bore You (Too Much)

  • Sense and Sensibility – (Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson)
  • The Remains of the Day – (w/ Christopher Reeve and Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson)
  • The King’s Speech – (w/ Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush)

Gandalf’s Speech

“No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it. White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.”

Rest in peace, David Bowie. Rest in peace, Alan Rickman.


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