Ahead of Macbeth’s
release on Blu-ray and DVD on March 8, ETonline has an exclusive look at adapting
William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy for a new audience.
In the film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard,
Macbeth is re-envisioned as “a product of war,” director Justin Kurzel reveals.
Although it is a period piece, the change to Fassbender’s character gives the
story a modern twist.
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“On the first day of the rehearsal, Justin says, ‘This is a
guy who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder,’” Fassbender shares,
gaining new insight to this tragic king of Scotland. “I was like, ‘Actually, Shakespeare
wrote about it.’ That’s how ahead of his time he was.”
Ultimately, Fassbender channeled the mental disorder that
has affected many veterans of war into his character, giving the spiritual
elements -- the famed three witches -- new perspective.
“He’s seeing things right at beginning. The witches, are
they really there?” Fassbender asks of Macbeth’s visions, comparing them to the
same types of flashes real-life victims experience.