It is true writers take a lot of inspiration from real life, literature, and their experiences to draft the script of movies. When an actor says a dialogue so unique and relevant, it touches us. But do you know a few of the famous quotes you heard your favorite actor saying were originally Shakespeare? Yes, that’s true! Well, it isn’t the writer’s fault since Shakespeare has delivered such a plethora of fantastic work. Not going to lie, those quotes fit so well in the scenes. Also, thanks to the actors who delivered those in the best way. So, here’s a list of quotes you heard movie characters saying that were originally Shakespeare. Check it out! Also, if you think we’ve missed any, let us know in the comments.
1. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
The third movie in the Harry Potter franchise uses a song that is a word-to-word version taken from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The lines are like “Double, double, toil and trouble, something wicked this way comes“. Shakespeare used these lines to predict the downfall of Macbeth. The makers of the movie used these lines to foreshadow the dark secrets of Voldemort in the next film.
2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Twilight shows us the relationship between Edward and Bella. Like most other romantic movies, this movie also uses quotes from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In the play originally, Romeo was warned of loving a girl from a rival family. However, nothing could stop Romeo from loving Juliet. The same was the case with Edward and Bella in Twilight. The quote that was used was “These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends…” How perfectly it sets the movie and the couple’s story!
3. Last Action Hero
Hamlet’s classic line “To be or not to be.” is something we all have heard. This was used in Arnold Schwarzenneger starrer Last Action Hero. He acted in a violent and satirical version of Hamlet in the movie. It is then that he utters the famous Hamlet line. He then goes on to hold a skull just like it is done in Hamlet and smokes a cigar.
4. Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
This movie quotes Shakespeare a lot many times throughout movie. One such is when Mike Teavee is reduced to three inches in size and his mother faints seeing him in this condition. Wonka orders the woman to be taken away and remarks, “Adieu, adieu, parting is such sweet sorrow.” This means “Good night, good night, parting is such sweet sorrow.” It was said by Juliet to Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.
Apart from Lion King using Hamlet’s quotes, we have more ’90s animated movies that use Shakespeare’s quotes. One such is Aladdin that uses the quote “et tu Brute” from Julius Ceaser. These were Ceaser’s last words before he was stabbed to death by his former ally Brutus. In the movie, when Genie takes out a book of spells, he says this famous line, and a hand pops out and stabs him. Moreover, Genie also sports a toga (white cloth) while saying the quote!