#15secondshakespeare: Actors turn pop songs into Shakespearean soliloquies

What if Macbeth had wanted to be the prince of Bel-Air, instead of the king of Scotland?

Perhaps his soliloquy, performed by actor David Fynn, would have sounded something more like this:

Fynn's video is part of a trend called #15secondshakespeare on Twitter, which has sent people down an Elizabethan rabbit hole.

Nominated by their peers, actors are performing lines of modern-day music with the drama and passion of one of Shakespeare's soliloquies.

According to radiotimes.com, Fynn started the trend when he made this post one week ago. The string of performances it has inspired has been hilarious.

Here are just a few of the best videos:

Mark Bonnar, from the Scottish detective series Shetland, doing Psy's "Gangnam Style."

Emma Kingston and Carrie Fletcher, who are both acting in the stage production of Les Misérables in London, England, recited "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot.


Academy Award-nominated actress Minnie Driver doing "Gold Digger" by Kanye West.

Nathaniel Francis, who starred in Night of the Living Dead, performed "Started from the Bottom" by Drake.

  BAFTA award-winning actor Jason Watkins doing "Bang Bang" by Jesse J.