Much Ado About Nothing
Director Joss Whedon dishes on his Shakespeare adaptation
Much Ado About Nothing
Director Joss Whedon dishes on his Shakespeare adaptation
2013-06-07 PG-13 PT109M Comedy Amy Acker Nathan Fillion Clark Gregg Ashley Johnson Roadside Attractions
Movie Review

Whedon Does Shakespeare. We're in. (2013)

Director Joss Whedon dishes on his Shakespeare adaptation

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jun 07, 2013; Rated: PG-13; Length: 109 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg and Ashley Johnson; Distributor: Roadside Attractions

To adapt Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, director Joss Whedon (The Avengers) didn't travel far — in fact, he barely got out of bed. His modern-day version of the classic romantic comedy was shot in the Los Angeles home Whedon shares with his wife, producer Kai Cole, and their two kids. ''I knew the play is very contained and the house would be the perfect location,'' says Whedon, who kept the shoot to a brisk 12 days. Plus, he knows his abode is awesome. ''I'm enormously proud of that house. Kai built it. It's the most beautiful house I know. My biggest regret is I didn't do a Steadicam to really show how the house flowed, and there are rooms I didn't use. I was like, 'How could I not let the study be in the movie?! It's so beautiful. The ceilings are so good!''' And like any proud homeowner, Whedon wasn't about to let his house turn into a party pad — even though the movie calls for plenty of corks to be popped by its hard-drinking characters. Jokes Whedon, ''[Their] wine was fake. But usually around 5 o'clock the director might have some around that was less fake.''

Originally posted May 24, 2013 Published in issue #1261-1262 May 31, 2013 Order article reprints
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