The Mr. Turner star was playing Bottom in the comedy at the National Theatre, when he discovered that one muddy scene might be hazardous to his health.
Recalling the low point during an actors roundtable chat staged by The Hollywood Reporter, the Brit says, "It felt like hell... It was in a massive pile of water, and one day somebody came in and said, 'You've not heard the latest - someone's done a poo in the mud'.
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The Shawshank Redemption star will direct the Actors' Gang production at the National Center for the Performing Arts from 10 to 15 June (14) as part of Beijing's Shakespeare festival. He will then head to Shanghai for another series of shows from 19 to 21 June (14).
Robbins, who founded the Actors' Gang in the early 1980s and serves as the company's artistic director, and his team will become only the second American theatre group to perform at the Beijing venue since it opened in 2007.
Continue reading: Tim Robbins Taking William Shakespeare Play To China
Billy Crystal, Eddie Redmayne, William Shatner and Topher Grace also stepped onstage to act out The Bard's play at the Freud Playhouse at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The stars put a 1960s twist on the event, which was billed as "an evening filled with peace, love and psychedelic Shakespeare" starring "groovy love children Rita 'Daisy' Wilson and Tom 'Far Out' Hanks and a tie-dyed cast of hilarious hippies".
Continue reading: Tom Hanks Leads Star-studded Cast In Shakespeare Play
Two-time Academy Award-winning movie legend Olivia de Havilland is to return to Hollywood from her home in France to be honoured by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) next summer (06).
The GONE WITH THE WIND star will be the subject of a feature film tribute in Beverly Hills, California in the weeks leading up to her 90th birthday (01JUL06).
Film fans attending the event will be treated to clips of her most-admired performances and a discussion with colleagues from throughout her career.
Continue reading: De Havilland To Be Honoured By Hollywood
SIX FEET UNDER star Rachel Griffiths had a saucy surprise at her New Year's Eve wedding reception (31DEC02) - her artist husband turned the venue's floor into an art piece full of penises.
The actress married ANDREW TAYLOR in her native Australia, and challenged him to make her reception as memorable and unusual as possible - but she had no idea her creative lover was transforming an historic theatre foyer into an "erotic Balinese" painting.
She recalls, "The night before (the wedding) I called and he said, 'I'm still finishing the floor,' and I'm like, 'Oh my God, it's just a black and white floor!'
Continue reading: Griffiths Floored By Sexy Wedding Surprise
The ALL RISE singer is keen to expand his horizons beyond the strict confines of a pop star and transfer onto the classical stage.
Duncan says, "I've always wanted to be an actor, I always have. I love going to the theatre but I don't get to do it as much as I want.
Continue reading: Duncan James Wants To Act
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