Tybalt Capulet

Dossier

Introduction

Congratulations on your recent casting as Tybalt Capulet in the upcoming blockbuster film Romeo and Juliet : Forbidden Love. Filming will commence on the 1st of August 2014 and you will be required to study this dossier carefully before that time. If you feel that you don't understand the requirements of your role, or have any questions, feel free to make an appointment with me.


Sincerely,

Spencer Glenfield

Renowned Director

Who is Tybalt?

Character Overview

Tybalt Capulet is the older cousin of Juliet. He has a lot of pride in his house and often reacts without thinking if someone disrespects his family. Cunning and easily offended, Tybalt is presented as a villain in both the original play and our film adaptation. He is right in the centre of the feud between the Montagues and Capulets, commonly getting into fights and usually winning. This means he has a very large ego and looks down upon anyone who is not a Capulet.

Interactions with others

Romeo : For the majority of Tybalts time in the film he is trying to extract revenge on Romeo Montague, as he gatecrashed Lord Capulets Party and he believes that this dishonours his prized household.


Example:

"Tybalt: Romeo,the love I bear thee can afford

No better term than this: thou art a villain."

(Act III, Scene I, Lines 59-60)


Notice how explicit Tybalt is in expressing his hatred towards Romeo.



Juliet : In the film there are very few scenes where Tybalt talks with his cousin Juliet Capulet. When they do however, Tybalt is very fond of Juliet and abandons his usual aggressive nature when speaking to her. He is also very overprotective of his cousin.


Mercutio : Tybalt often turns the cold shoulder to Mercutio, as he is not involved in the feud. However he is taunted by Mercutio on several occasions and he becomes very aggressive in these scenes, especially when he murders Mercutio.


Example:

"Tybalt: Gentlemen, good-e'en. A word with one of you.

Mercutio: And but one word with one of us? Couple it with something. Make it a word and a blow"

Tybalt: You shall find me apt enough to that, sir, an you will give me the occasion.

(Act III, Scene I, LInes 37-410


Notice how Tybalt tries to be polite, but once he is mocked by Mercutio he immediately becomes hostle. This scene later escalates to a fight to the death between the two men.



Lord Capulet : Tybalt has the upmost respect for the Lord of his household and will obey anything he says, even when he doesn't agree with it.


Montagues (in general) : Tybalt is always ready to fight a Montague, and will do so the second you give him the chance. He becomes incredibly hostile when speaking to anyone of the Montague household.


Capulets (in general) : Tybalt is viewed as a leader by many of the Capulets, who will follow him into battle no matter what. Tybalt has a great love for any member of his family.

Portrayal of Character

Physical Appearance

Tybalt Capulet is commonly referred to in Shakespeare's play as "the King of Cats" and he must be physically portrayed as such. Cats are known for their quick reflexes and athleticism, so your physical structure must reflect this. You are required to be in good physical condition as well as being capable of moving quickly and with flair. In terms of clothing, the film is set in renaissance Italy, and Tybalt wears some of the most expensive attire of the time. However, this attire has been designed to also be very practical and easy to move in, meaning that your costume will allow you to perform the catlike movements that will be discussed later on. Your costume is deep red with black highlights as these colours carry connotations of evil, which is how we want the audience to perceive your character. Please keep in mind that your costume takes an estimated time of 20 minutes to put on.

Actions

You have been asked to study the movements John Leguizamo used in his portrayal of Tybalt in Baz Luhrmanns 1996 adaption of the play. Notice how quick and flashy they are and how he draws the viewers attention to him. This is how we are asking you to portray Tybalts actions in our upcoming film. As discussed earlier, we strongly want the idea of the king of cats to come through in Tybalts character and we feel that Leguizamo achieved this extremely well. Tybalt is a very brash character and his actions should reflect this. Never make a slight movement. If you are going to move, do so with confidence and flair so that you demand the attention of the audience. Tybalt is proud, easily offended and dangerous, and his actions must reflect this.

Speech

Tybalt has received a quality education, meaning that he speaks without slang and is able to effectively verbalise his ideas and beliefs. However as his anger grows, his speech becomes less organised and his thoughts seemingly become clouded by his rage. The film will be performed in shakespearian language, using several lines from the original play. Therefore you will need to make sure you understand the meaning of certain Shakespearian words and also how to pronounce them. This will greatly help you when trying to determine at which point you need to modulate your tone during your lines.

Scenes in the Film

First Appearance

Tybalt appears in the opening scene of the film, insulting a large group of Monatgues men before fighting them with his brothers and cousins. Tybalt is used in this scene to immediately present the audience with the idea of a large scale feud between the Montagues and Capulets, as well as characterise himself as not only brash and short-tempered, but as a strong leader and skilled fighter. Tybalt must be the centre of attention in this scene, which will be achieved through the confidence in your speech as well as your quick and flashy movements. Tybalt must be perceived by the audience as a powerful villain right from the beginning of the film. This creates tension when he begins searching for Romeo, who will be presented as a pacifist.

Character Progression

Tybalts character remains the same through out the whole play. We know that this is unusual, but we really want to emphasis Tybalts flaws and how they contribute to his eventual death. Therefore, he is just as aggressive and short tempered at the time of his death as he was during the fight at the beginning of the play. We want to show that Tybalt and Romeo mirror each other, but Romeo eventually follows the path of love while Tybalt continues to fight in the feud. Romeo outliving Tybalt shows the audience that love is more important and stronger than hatred or anger.