'Anonymous' Trailer: DUDE, What If Shakespeare Didn't Write Shakespeare?!

April 7, 2011

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In Anonymous, the English-lit-major-mind-shattering conspiracy theory that William Shakespeare didn't actually write the stuff in your Complete Works of William Shakespeare is treated as plausible enough a claim to merit being explored as fact for a couple hours. So who better to present such a ridiculously contentious tale than Roland Emmerich, director of the Official Most Scientifically Absurd Film Ever? Clearly no one, nodded Rolan Emmerich, but only on the condition he still gets to somehow work a $80 million CGI budget into this seemingly-mundane historical fiction conceit. Agreed, said Sony Pictures, apparently:

At 0:49... that's Christopher Guest as Count Rugen, right? And am I nuts or are some of these shots of people flooding the streets just shots from 2012 with the CGI water replaced by CGI peasants? And I guess that pay-what-you-want model isn't working out so hot for Radiohead after all? Still, in the end, the merits will, as always, be judged by whether or not Discovery Channel feels the need to explore this hypothesis in an hour-long special, Shakespeare: Bard or Fraud?

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