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08 January 2010 @ 03:25 pm
this may be the best thing in the history of all things  
Wow, just... wow. A guy rewrote the ENTIRETY of The Big Lebowski in the style of Shakespeare. It is amazingly brilliant, and somehow even funnier than the original.

Excerpt:

LEBOWSKI
Was it I, sir, who urinated on your rug?

THE KNAVE
Not in person, sir—but if a man is his name, and his reputation his indelible inkstain, surely thy sea of care is tormented; what tongue shall smooth thy name?

LEBOWSKI
Make me to understand, sir, for you are slow of speech as I of step, and I am unsatisfied in motive. When any rug is micturated upon within these city walls, must I stand accountable? Or are you as one of a thousand rogues, fishing for sixpence betwixt another man’s pursestrings? Are you a labourer, Master Lebowski, earning that you eat, getting that you wear?

THE KNAVE
Let me not to the marriage of false impressions deny impediments. I am not Master Lebowski; thou art Master Lebowski. I am the Knave, called the Knave. Or His Knaveness, or mayhap Knaver, or mayhap El Knaverino, in the manner of the Spaniard, if brevity be not in thy soul nor wit. A Knave by any other name would abide just as well.

LEBOWSKI
Have you employment, sir? Surely you hope not to pledge fealty nor till the earth in such roughly fashioned armour, invested in thy motley, clad as a jack-a-dandy on a Sunday?

THE KNAVE
I know not; what week-day, friends, is this?


Two Gentlemen of Lebowski

I wonder how much it would violate copyright to put this on as a stage show.
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Bellybellybalt on January 9th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
I really should watch that movie someday.
typsietypsie on January 9th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
:O
Bellybellybalt on January 9th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
Don't even START with me, miss no-Star-Wars!!! :)

Edited at 2010-01-09 12:50 am (UTC)
Baracus Naturalmadeofmeat on January 9th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
O_O
Baracus Naturalmadeofmeat on January 9th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
Saw that, didn't go follow it. But the excerpt you posted makes me have to do it.
cobie-wan kenobie: quote: =Pcobie on January 9th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
meh, it's not written in iambic pentameter. SHAXSPERE FAIL!
typsietypsie on January 9th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Not everything Shakespeare wrote was in iambic pentameter :P Other parts of the script are, though:

THE KNAVE
I found a document, so roughly writ
It troubled me to make good sense of it.
Of school-days’ friendship, childhood innocence,
A paper writ in study by some churl
Of youth not born under a rhyming planet.
‘Twas lesser verse composed and badly hewn,
Concern’d the King of France, and purchased land,
And though I am a weakish speller, I
Detected errors mark’d throughout in hand
Of headmaster despair’d, in ink so red
At first the Knave had thought that he had bled.
cobie-wan kenobie: quote: =Pcobie on January 9th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
BAH!
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Reanimatearchmage on January 9th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
I was reading that yesterday and just in tears of laughter. Fuckin' beautiful.
五十音図pfrank on January 9th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
That awesome. It reminds me of the steampunk version of Hackers that someone wrote a while ago. Good stuff.
Tim: little blue doglittlebluedog on January 9th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
Brilliant find!

Followed through to the Fan Page on FB, looks like there's a stage version premiering in NYC in mid-March:

http://www.facebook.com/notes/two-gentlemen-of-lebowski/nyc-premiere-dates-and-times-further-information-to-follow/245319930979
Joseph Thiebesthiebes on January 11th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
It wouldn't violate copyright at all if you had permission. Why not ask? I bet the authors would be thrilled.
typsietypsie on January 11th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks Mr. Lawyer :D And while yeah, I'm sure it wouldn't be difficult to get permission from the guy who wrote the new version, I was more concerned about getting the proper permissions as it pertains to the movie itself.. but maybe it counts as parody? heh :P
typsietypsie on January 11th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
Ooh thanks! :D
Tefentefen on January 13th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
On se niin väärin!aprilstarchild on January 13th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
I would think that it would fall under parody or satire, which is legally protected. That's how Weird Al gets away with it.