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Ralph Fiennes sheds light on Coriolanus

17th February 2011

Ralph Fiennes has revealed that his interpretation of Coriolanus in a film adaptation will echo the intensity he brought to the role in the stage version of William Shakespeare's tragedy.

The actor is starring in a new big screen version of the play, having previously played the title role on stage a decade ago, and he told the BBC that he had always envisaged the production making the transition to the cinemas.

Regarded as one of the bard's lesser-known works, it is based on the legend of Roman leader Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, who was exiled from the city, only to return for vengeance with an enemy tribe.

Fiennes, who also directs the production, said he drew on recent events in history - such as the conflicts in the Middle East and the Balkans - when deciding the tone of the film, which will retain Shakespeare's original dialogue.

'I find him profoundly moving. He is unable to make compromises, he can't embrace politicians. He sticks to the truth even when it makes him unpopular,' he said of his character.

Fiennes has enjoyed success playing other Shakespearean protagonists, with his performance as Hamlet earning him a Tony Award in 1995. 

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