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Actor James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville), has a passion for the Shakespeare play "Macbeth".





He has desired to make a film version of the play for a very long time, but he needs the funding.





he has a vision for what he wants it to be, and has performed the play on stage twice.





We feel this is a worthy piece of art to bring to the screen, and we feel James is the man to do it.





Some things James has said about Macbeth:





"My favorite Shakespeare play is 'Macbeth,' and I would very much love to direct (it). The play points up that the common person shares more with the beasts than we like to admit. ... It is a big challenge to keep him the hero right up until the middle of the fifth act, when he does become the functional villain. Until that moment, you have a hero who's committing atrocities, and that's not something that people are used to. To make it work as an actor, you have to respect him and to use yourself and to realize that the reasons that he commits these murders is from ambition, which is one of the most universal human feelings. I'm very ambitious. I want the world. But it also can lead, if one's not careful, to cutting moral corners."





"The thing that appeals to me about Macbeth is that it is a mature meditation on evil. We often think of evil as something that is outside of ourselves. We see someone whos evil, or has decided to be destructive, and we say Im not like that. But its not true. What Macbeth does, is forces you to engage with a character who decided to be evil. And you just go straight to hell. And you can see him and identify with him the whole time. That is terrifying. [obscured] most people feel that they are not capable of evil. Thats what I love about it."





"I just want to do it right."





"Yes, I still want to do the Macbeth movie- mine would be different in the main thing in that it wouldnt suck, bone. I have never seen a Macbeth that Ive liked. Ive just seen Macbeth's just made every damn mistake you could make. I choose Macbeth notbecause I just -- thats my play. I know it. I know how to make that one work, Ive played it, I was in a bad production where I watched from the sidelines while another guy played the role and made every mistake he could make and I took notes. And then when I did the role myself, I fought for my vision, it was exactly the opposite of the directors, I got what I wanted and we got standing ovations seventy percent of the performances. Ive never heard of Macbeth to get any standing ovations ever. Maybe it happens over here but not on my side of the Atlantic. So I know in a moment to moment way that certain decisions will get you a dramatic build and some things will undercut the story. So I dont need to take Macbeth into space or any of that crap, I mean Shakespeare placed it in that time for a really good reason. And Mel Gibson taught us that its good for a movie too. Skirts are not bad on guys after all."





The Purpose of this petition to to show enough interest that an investor would be willing to fund the project.

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