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The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

Who should play iago in modern day Othello?

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2011-11-29 21:35:03
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Many many actors would love the opportunity to play Iago. It's a great role. There is no one actor who stands above the rest.

It is unfortunate, but black actors would probably not be allowed to play the part because of their race. This is because Othello is thought of as "a part for a black actor" and many people would be outraged at the idea of a white man playing the part with dark makeup. Consequently, the parts of Iago and Desdemona are not going to go to black people, but to white ones.

If Othello's blackness was thought of as a makeup issue rather than a racial restriction on the casting of the actor, then Iago's and Desdemona's whiteness could also be makeup issues and black actors and actresses would have a chance at those roles.

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no Iago is. Iago is the planner and causes the conspiracy of the play. iago tricks Othello and rodrigo


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Iago is a character from Shakespeare's play Othello.


The principal characters are Iago, Othello and Desdemona.


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Othello kills Desdemona. Iago kills Roderigo and Emilia.


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Sadly Iago is only arrested, he would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for his meddling wife. He convinced Othello to kill Desdemona, his wife, and Othello never even realized he was duped until Iago's shrew jealous wife ratted out Iago and he was arrested, he did make it out alive though, Othello commits suicide though. We can only hope with no witnesses save a jealous wife, that after the play ended, in 14th century England Iago was not convicted and got out of jail to rule over Othello's kingdom.


Its called Othello, one of his most famous plays.Hope that helps.


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Everyone does. Othello calls him that too. It is really frustrating to anyone watching the play how everyone comments on how honest Iago is when we know what a sneaky, devious, unscrupulous, manipulative b*stard he is.


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