Much Ado About Nothing
By Holly Schupbach
Claudio Played as Chris Evans
The reason Chris Evans would fit as Claudio is because he is known for playing characters, like Captain America, that are well respected, polite, and well known. In the Marvel movies where he plays Captain America, he is looked at as a hero and given much respect; much like Claudio who returns from battle with Don Pedro. While being very respected, Claudio is a very polite gentleman and the same traits can be given to Chris Evans role as Captain America.
Benedick Played As Robert Downey Jr
Robert Downey Jr. could easily play Benedick because he is known for playing the quick witted, confident and clever Iron Man. In the movies where he plays Iron Man he is always very quick to make a sarcastic remark or clever comeback; much like Benedick when he bickers with Beatrice or whenever he makes a witty comment in general. They both, however, wouldn't be complete without their high levels of confidence that is extremely hard to miss. That's why Robert Downey Jr. would be a good fit for Benedick.
Beatrice Played As Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson is recognized for many movies, but she is well-known for blacking Black Widow in the Marvel movies; a clever, head-strong, and powerful female character. I think Beatrice in many ways shares these same qualities. They both have their clever comebacks and comments that show off their bold personalities. They both are seen as strong female characters that speak their mind and aren't afraid of much. Scarlett Johansson could play Beatrice extremely well as she already has played Black Widow; a very similar character.
Three Important Moments In The Play
Don Pedro Helping Claudio
Claudio’s shy character can’t approach Hero, so Don Pedro offers to help. He will woo Hero for his friend and ask her father for permission as well. This act of friendship shows how close Don Pedro and Claudio are to each other. This moment is also very crucial for Claudio and the rest of the play's plot because it's where the rest of Claudio's life changes. He will get the girl he is in love with and marry her; without this moment Claudio and Hero would never end up together.
Don John's Plot
When Don John gets jealous of Claudio and Hero’s wedding he makes a plan to interfere with the event. He lies to Claudio and tells false information that drastically changes situations. To Hero this is a very significant part of the play; it leads to Hero faking her death and her name being ruined. Don John’s plan creates many conflicts in the plot with the characters.
The Marriage Scene
This is where Claudio is going to marry who he think is Leonato’s niece. He is doing this to make up for what happened to Hero, or what he thinks happens. With all the misunderstands started by Don John, the false information makes anger, broke relationships and destroyed reputations. In this scene, however, everything is set straight. Hero reveals she is not dead, Don John pays for his actions, Claudio marries Hero, and everything is sorted out.
“Your Guardian Angel” by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus can really express moments of Claudio’s experience and struggles with love through the play. The lyrics “days grow longer and nights grow shorter, I can show you I’ll be the one” can represent the beginning of his love for Hero, from when he tells Don Pedro and then knows he wants to marry her. Later he is told the false information about Hero; news that breaks him and makes him lose his faith in love, “how this world turns cold and it breaks through my soul.” When news of Hero’s death reaches Claudio after the whole misunderstanding, her death makes Claudio heartbroken. He was truly devastated and depressed with this news. He then accepts the offer to marry Leonado’s niece as punishment and can tell himself “I know I’ll be okay., though my skies are turning gray.” In the end, Claudio is reunited with Hero and they can finally be married and truly love each other. The final lyrics of this song can be felt from both Claudio and Hero as they unite their true love in marriage, “Cause you’re my true love, my whole heart. Please don't throw that away, cause I’m here for you, please don't walk away and please tell me you’ll stay.”