Damian Lewis as Antony in Julius Caesar: ‘Friends, Romans, countrymen’ | Shakespeare Solos

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones; So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault, And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest— For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men—
Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, 1640
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition? Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man. I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know. You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him? O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason. Bear with
me; My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, And I must pause till it come back to me.

100 thoughts on “Damian Lewis as Antony in Julius Caesar: ‘Friends, Romans, countrymen’ | Shakespeare Solos

  1. Mark Antony are sooo cunning and being sarcastic. Shakespeare are master with words! I am actually practicing this speech for my acting class presentation. Yikes, so nervous!

  2. Amazing Shakespeare ! May his gifted english soul rest in heavenly bliss. The English folk is the most clever folk on the Earth.

  3. nice words there by Mark Anthony and well delivered, but Brutus was right wasn't he? What brought down the Roman world was the personal ambition of men, putting their own desire for power above the needs of the country. JC wasn't the first to do this, but he set an awful example. Death to tyrants

    Great speech by Shakespeare and great acting

  4. Oh hi Brody, lol after watching homeland, I can’t forget the character Brody which you act

  5. One of the very best I have seen – I lived in Statford England for years.

  6. Caesars is a pizza joint and that damn Brutus does thou skimp on lashings of pineapple on thoust pizza pie.

  7. One of the master-pieces of psychology in world-literature, superbly interpreted by Damian Lewis!

  8. Damien Lewis can you please perform the speech for me at my lit class? Im about to fail

  9. It's mildly criminal that this doesn't have 1M views… or more.

  10. This is amazing…reaffirms my love for DL just in time for the new season of billions.

  11. bloody gooseflesh all over, and tears in my eyes, Shakespeare and Damian Lewis thee art godly

  12. “So make sure not to riot guys, ok?”
    “Yeah, sure, we get it”
    “Also, Caesar left you guys a bunch of money-“
    massive riot ensues

  13. We staged the play "Julius Caesar" a couple days ago. You may look at this solo of mine on my channel at 33:53 mins. Please come and comment on ^^

  14. Is there a better actor right now than Damian Lewis? He's incredible!

  15. Julius Caesar is one of my MOST favorite works by William Shakespeare.

    I think this clip would have benefitted MUCH by breaking the 4th wall and ‘let me in” on what’s happened. Some people might now know why this speech is FKNG awesomeness.

    Here’s the Lowdown: Rome could not have 3 things at the time: King. Queen. Army. However, Caesar was conquering all. Being loved by all. “Unofficially” he was viewed as the KING. Afraid that Caesar would be king a plot was born. He has to go! And hence…

    “Friends, Romans, Countrymen. Lend me your ears….”. The great thing, for me, is that Antony captures the world with 3 words. Friends. Romans. Countrymen. It;s so awesomeness, it still gives me chills. But i digress. Caesar has been killed. Stabbed to death.

    I’ve read many, many opinions about the character: Antony. Lover. Fighter. friend. Foe.

    The most telling “voice” of Antony was when he ended his speech to rile all of Rome, “Mischief, thou are afoot.” for me, this was the tell-tale sign that Antony had considered all the possibilities. Knew what to do. what to say.

    I don’t remember the act, but after Caesar is killed. Antony “walks” carefully when he asked to meet the conspirators where Caesar is killed. Instead of going, he sends a slave. If they kill the slave. He’s got his answer. They want him dead too. they don’t kill the slave and Antony is given the opportunity to defend himself. Big mistake because them outdoes them all.

    I can go on forever about Antony.

    Here’s a notable: Mr. Lewis’ read, for me, needed more urgency. More fire.

    Here’s why: Antony intends to inflame the citizenry of Rome. His friend has been murdered. His life in danger. Rome is in an uproar.

    To incite civil disobedience. Civil War. You need emotion, power in your voice.

    Rhetoric that would enfire (new word) a nation like Antony did.

  16. Great acting. Why isn´t Damian Lewis a super film star yet?

  17. Damien Lewis, please stop doing TV and return to this. You are made of sterner stuff.

  18. He is speaking like narrating for a children's story. Mark Anthony was angry and looking for mighty revenge. That performance is out of context.

  19. "Brutish" Beasts , what a coincidence-Who could Marc Anthony possibly be referring to?

  20. Of all the Shakespeare solo clips they did like this, this was definitely the best. Someone needs to do a film with Damian in this role dammit!

  21. "And Brutus is an honorable man." Each time he says it, he sounds just a liiiiiiitle more angry. Brilliant acting.

  22. The dilemma of statecraft and personal morality as seen by Shakespeare. In the days of Ceaser the sense of Christian morality which is presented here was possibly missing !

  23. I don't understand why everyone is saying 'Brutus is not an honourable man'. He was the 'noblest of all Romans'. He was the only true conspirator wanting the best for Rome.

  24. Why after all these years people all always deliver this wrong. Brandos was probably the Best.

  25. On an historical note: Brutus did the right thing. Caesar was a brutal tyrant.

  26. I know Marlon Brando, I worked with Marlon Brando, he was a friend of mine. When it comes to this speech Damian, you are no Marlon Brando.

  27. Is Lewis trying to carry his audience to bed with that mug or is he failing to convey a leader that did not have a cookie for an arsehole?

  28. when i was reciting plays at school i sounded like i was regurgitating the multiplication table row by raw i barely remember the name of the writer, but not the play

  29. I can't believe this guy played an American in band of brothers.
    I thought he was an American.

  30. Letting Marc Antony live was probably the single greatest political blunder in history.

  31. Talk about Shakespeare plays come to life! Damian Lewis truly sold this performance and is a superb actor.

  32. When he said, "and yet, Brutus is an honorable man", I realized I read it wrong.
    Emotions makes a big impact.

  33. 400 years later, and here we are, Still performing/watching/talking about/debating. A small question: 100 years, let alone 400, from now, how many of today's Plays/Movies/TV Shows will still be performed/watched/talked about/debated? I won't mention (though it might be worth your time) the music of the last 100 years. Don't look it up! But, what was the #1 Play/Movie/TV show?

  34. Damien Lewis' interpretation Is hardly the Shakespeare I know and love. This was not a polite conversation as Damien portrayed, it was a speech shouting over a large crowd. It was "oratory" in Roman style. We don't have to modernize everything. Classic is best.

  35. To the channel owners, Guardian Culture:

    You need a minimum of three more seconds of silence (than you currently have) after his last word is spoken and before playing the snippet of another actor delivering another great monologue.

  36. He is addressing a single person eye to eye, Marlon Brando gave a speech to the people.

  37. Even now two millenia after his death Ceasar inspires loyalty. Truly one of the greatest men who lived.

  38. 2:00 I needed a line to end my eulogy for my father…….I…..I think I have found it. Thank you.

  39. Antony fought under Caesar in the great Gallic campaign spanning nine years, excluding the civil war thereafter. He bled, and sweat and worried and organized and ate together with Caesar. His heart must be completely broken

  40. Did I say I love you… I’ve decided to study Shakespeare and my important exam has 94 days left… and it doesn’t require any Shakespeare thing

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