(9.04mins) Thy life did manifest thou lov’st me not
This scene (from Henry IV pt 1) is the greatest bollocking in Shakespeare. Basically Hal has to sit there for six minutes and get yelled at by his dad for not being good enough, too much like the old king (who, by the way, his dad killed) or not enough like his brother, or not enough like Hotspur, who incidentally is rebelling against the king but is still held up as a good example (Henry IV is basically a thoroughly rotten dad, in case you haven’t realised by now).
So for most of this scene Oliver Cotton rants and Jamie Parker reacts. And how. JP does awesome reactions in everything he’s in - no matter what the scene is, when he’s not the speaker or even the target of the speech, he’s still there in the scene reacting to it (unlike most of the other actors who kind of go into standby). In this scene, I keep on wanting to wrench the camera round to see how he’s responding to things. Especially when Henry’s talking about Hotspur, “Mars in swaddling clothes, this infant warrior” and we see Hal start to look exceptionally pissed off, turn his chair towards the audience then… CUT to Henry, and then there’s a laugh from the audience. WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED??
The reaction that says the most is when Henry shouts at him. In two seconds of silence JP gives us the whole history of these two. Then when he’s yelling back at his dad at the end it’s very much letting out the inherited temper. This scene came to mind very forceably in the Cambridge-Scroop-Grey traitors scene in Henry V: he started to let rip with the same temper at “You must not dare for shame to talk of mercy”, then stopped himself. I’ve no idea if the connection was intended or just in my own slightly peculiar imagination, but the way JP played it seemed a real echo of Henry IV here.
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