‘Romeo And Juliet’ Douglas Booth Talks About His Projects; From Shakespeare To The Bible To The Wachowskis Future

The lead star of "Romeo and Juliet," Douglas Booth, is a well travelled actor. He has a very diverse set of projects coming up.

After Shakespeare, he stars in "Noah." This is from the Biblical story directed by Darren Aronofsky. Following that is "Jupiter Ascending" a futuristic epic from the Wachowskis (of The Matrix fame). That's about 3000 years back and forth (depending on the Wachowski timeline).

On taking on Shakespeare: "There was definitely a bit of both.  I thought, "Do I mess with this?"  But then, I thought, "When was the last time that I felt like that?," and it was when I played Boy George in a biopic about him, and that was a huge success.  So, I decided to do it.  I live to be challenged.  I want my career to be filled with variety, and this was definitely different.  This was a chance to do Shakespeare on screen, so I thought, "Let's do it!"  It's really exciting.  Who doesn't want to play Romeo?"

On his next project, the all-star "Noah" set in Biblical times:  "It was a hard job.  We were up against Hurricane Sandy, and all sorts of things with the weather.  With the schedule and the way we were shooting it, Darren described it as his big-budget guerrilla movie.  He'd be there with the camera on his shoulder.  He was in there and he was making his movie.  He really knows what he's doing.  It was great fun.  The cast was amazing.  How incredible to have a family where my dad is Russell Crowe, my mom is Jennifer Connelly, my wife is Emma Watson, Logan Lerman is my younger brother, and Anthony Hopkins is my uncle.  That's a pretty solid family unit that you've got right there.  It was a great experience, and I cannot wait to see it."

On whether it was exciting to work with the team that created "The Matrix": "Yeah!  Things are going so well.  I had the best time with The Wachowskis.  They were also on the top of my list.  They are so talented and they've got such originality.  They're so fascinating.  I love them, and I adore them as people and as filmmakers.  I adored working with them.  I cannot repeat enough, how much I loved them and loved working with them.  And they love what they do.  They just want to play and create and be original.  The movie is going to be mad, I warn you.  There is nothing I can tell you about it.  They keep such security on everything that they do that the script got delivered in a black towncar.  But, boy will it be fun."

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