My parents had a difficult divorce. My dad had to take a backseat for a few years, and my grandfather came in. He was also my inspiration for becoming an actor. I really respected him.
For reasons I don't fully understand, tragic love has a certain appeal.
If you're going to do Shakespeare, do Shakespeare. There's a reason why he's been performed for hundreds of years. His words affect people on a very deep level. He's the true humanist. That all comes through his text, his words.
No matter where we are or how advanced we think we are, there are elemental issues of our civilization that stories help us work through.