"Our work has inevitably led to our spending long periods ...
away from each other and, as a result, we have drifted apart." Branagh and Carter, 47, went public with their romance shortly after, but later broke up in 1999.
The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.
Iago convinces Othello, The Moor of Venice that his wife, Desdemona has been unfaithful.
I hadn’t managed to bag a ticket in advance – all availability went in nine minutes – and the fancy possessed me that perhaps if I laid eyes on the building I’d get closer to the spirit of the project. Almost unwittingly I found myself succumbing to something I hadn’t experienced for 25 years: what was once known as Branagh-mania.
“I do sometimes wonder about whether there are alternatives, and about whether our fury and rage and disbelief and horror about infidelity is quite realistic,” she said.
See more » As my Shakespeare Professor had mentioned, the part of Othello is highly challenging, which is why many don't perfect it or intend to play it. He provided us an astonishing portrayal of how even a noble, righteous and even intelligent man, can succumb to "the green eyed monster." The calculatingly evil Iago was FLAWLESSLY portrayed by veteran Shakespearian actor Kenneth Branagh, who occasionally stared into the eyes of the camera itself, explaining his dark plans and expectations.
It is 18 years since Emma Thompson and Sir Kenneth Branagh, the golden couple of British cinema in the early 1990s, announced that they were separating amid rumours that he was having an affair with Helena Bonham Carter. Bonham Carter is said to have begun her affair with Branagh in 1994 while starring alongside him in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which he directed. Branagh has been reluctant to discuss the break-up of his marriage to Thompson, although he said in 1998: “It's always sad, marriages breaking up.
José Ferrer first made a name for himself by playing Iago in a theatrical production of Othello, before taking on his most famous role of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Iago is played in this film by Kenneth Branagh, who also went on to play Cyrano on BBC Radio.