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Gerard Butler on 'political' Coriolanus.

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Actor Gerard Butler joined his British co-stars, actor-director Ralph Fiennes and actress Vanessa Redgrave for a special screening of "Coriolanus" on Thursday evening (January 5) in central London. Butler described debut director Fiennes' modern adaptation as more 'filmic' than Shakespearean. The "300" and "Machine Gun Preacher" actor commented on how the modern setting and battle scenes empower the Shakespearean voice and make its political ideas very 'relevant' and 'fresh' in current, unstable political climates. Spoken in Shakespearean speech, the film is about the relationship of authority, power and the emotions that drive them, as told in a modern, wartorn Balkan-style state. It follows Coriolanus (Fiennes), a banished hero of Rome who allies with sworn enemy, Tullus Aufidius (Butler), against his mother, Volumnia's (Redgrave) advice, to take revenge on the city that has wronged him. "Coriolanus" is playing at theatres in the States and is set for release in UK on January 20.

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