Aneurin Barnard as the future Richard III in The White Queen
I wasn't sure what or if I would post anything for KRA Week this year, but I have had something on my mind regarding Richard III and his public image. You see, I've been watching The White Queen (BBC) on US Cable TV channel Starz these past few weeks and I've become more and more aware that Richard III has had a makeover.
No, Richard III wasn't ambushed by Hoda and Kathie Lee (American TV presenters - you may remember they interviewed Richard Armitage) and whisked away to have his hair and makeup done, but he has been undergoing a change of image in the public eye recently.
Kevin Spacey as Shakespeare's Richard III (2011)
More of the actors who played Shakespeare's Richard III
through the decades
Olivier and his image and interpretation of Richard III was the one I grew up with. I have to confess the scene in the video clip below is still a favorite of mine. Despite the words and the fright wig, there is still something seductive about Olivier's Richard.
Aneurin Barnard as Richard III in The White Queen (2013)
A fictional Richard III, though not Shakespeare's version
But now a handsome, young, romantic leading man
Aneurin Barnard was certainly influenced by the discovery of the remains of Richard III:
‘It was a really odd moment to be playing him,’ recalls Aneurin. ‘He’s been dead for 500 years and the disappearance of his body was one of those great historical mysteries. And then he was found.
'I became completely obsessed with looking at his bones and it started to feel like he was haunting me. I started having these weird nightmares where it felt like he might enter my body and seek vengeance. “Oh God, he’s coming for me!”’
Despite this new image, Richard III's story is still waiting to be told.
For some of us this will be a holiday weekend. What better way to spend it than catching up on the very informative interviews and blog posts from KRA Week 2013.
Aneurin Barnard tweeted a link to this video today (8/28/13):