By Lance Gould
June 12, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT
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In Bulworth, Warren Beatty plays a politician who acquires rapping skillz to pay the billz, proving once and for all that white men can jive. Sort of. But a second look reveals that Beatty may have been influenced more by William Shakespeare than by Public Enemy — particularly the Bard’s King Lear. Notice the similarities.

King Lear
Though a powerful king of Britain, he is a pathetic shell of his former self

Bulworth
Though a powerful California senator, he is a pathetic shell of his former self

King Lear
Shoots himself in the foot when he bequeaths his kingdom to two of his daughters

Bulworth
Arranges to have himself shot so he can bequeath insurance money to his daughter

King Lear
Goes insane after relinquishing power

Bulworth
Gets nutty after nearly relinquishing power

King Lear
Starts talking in free verse

Bulworth
Starts talking in gangsta rhymes

King Lear
Abandons royal wardrobe to go naked with a crown of weeds and flowers

Bulworth
Abandons senatorial wardrobe and starts wearing hip-hop ensembles

King Lear
Gets confusing but uplifting counsel from nonsense-sputtering fool

Bulworth
Gets confusing but uplifting counsel from nonsense-sputtering homeless poet

King Lear
The Bard also produced a tragedy about North African Othello

Bulworth
Coscreenwriter Beatty also produced North African tragedy Ishtar

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  • R
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  • 108 minutes
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