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Tom Hanks eyes up Othello role

Tom Hanks has revealed how much he would love to play the role of antagonist Iago in Shakespeare's Othello.

The Saving Mr Banks star is no stranger to the Bard, and Tom said he would love to take on the role of one of his most famous anti-heroes.

Tom was joined by Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Rita Wilson at the Simply Shakespeare reading of The Two Gentlemen Of Verona in Santa Monica, California to raise money for the Shakespeare Centre of Los Angeles.

He said: "I would love to play Iago. I like the plays that end with the stage littered with dead bodies."

However, he had to settle for the role of Lance in the charity reading of The Two Gentlemen Of Verona, which was not without some perks.

"I have the relative ease of not having to speak in iambic pentameter because Lance is of the lower class," he said.

He joked that he would be bringing a relaxed approach to his performance: "Lacksadaisical amateurism, having no fear and not caring, trying to offend all the Shakespeare scholars out there who think they are coming to get a thoughtful take on the Bard, we break every rule."

Cuddling up to wife Rita before the show started, Tom said the secret to a successful marriage was making the right choice.

"Pick the right person. I got very lucky and she could have done better."

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