Shakespeare has always been a favourite among Britain’s brightest TV stars but the Bard has been particularly popular these past twelve months. First David Tennant lengthened his locks and wowed the critics as Richard II. Now Martin Freeman’s deep in preparation to play Richard III before Benedict Cumberbatch takes on his dream role as Hamlet at the Barbican next year.
But while the above is mouthwatering for theatre fans (and indeed novices), Matt Smith and Karen Gillan have gone one better and suggested they’d like to try their hand at a spot of Shakespeare. TOGETHER.
The former Doctor Who stars were asked by a fan at the Wizard World Comic Con whether they’d done any Shakespeare before. “I have privately in my Doctor Who costume looking at pictures of David Tennant as Hamlet,” Smith joked.
But, switching to a more serious tone, he added, “I’d like to one day. I’d quite like to play Macbeth.” “I want to play Lady Macbeth,” chipped in Gillan. “Shall we do that together?” suggested Smith. Excellent. Idea.
And it turns out Shakespearean tragedy isn’t the only thing on the pair’s bucket lists. Matt Smith wants to play Batman. BATMAN. And failing that, he rather fancies himself as The Joker or The Riddler. (Quick, get Zack Snyder on the line.)
As for Gillan… “I think I’d like to play a singer of some sort so I could tick that box. A famous real singer so it would be a biography.”
For now, the pair are having plenty of fun embarking on two very successful Hollywood careers. Smith has won a major role in the new Terminator movie to add to his part in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River, while Gillan plays villainous Nebula in the summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy – both roles that required the British actors to shave their heads.
“I looked like the actual moon,” joked Gillan. “I’ve got really big ears and I’ve always had longish hair so I was in deep panic,” added Smith. “I looked like a fish with ears strapped on.”