"Kenneth Branagh is one of the all time greatest Shakespearean actors ranking alongside Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud. And he's the reigning keeper of the flame having staged and starred in dozens of Shakespeare's productions and brought six of Shakespeare's greatest works to the big screen. Indeed Brana would be the first to admit that he owes his career to the man known as the Bard of Avon. And now he says he wanted to express his thanks with a new film about the last three years of Shakespeare's life, titled all is true. He directed produced and starred in the film that opens in theaters may tenth just a few days after Shakespeare's four hundred fifty fifth birthday and on today's podcast, sir. Kenneth Branagh opens up about his lifelong fascination with this literary genius. And what? It was like to step into the shoes of his hero. He reveals why he chose to focus his film on the years following Shakespeare's retirement from the theater, why Shakespeare's returned to Stratford on Avon might not have been the homecoming he expected, and how a gardening project might have helped him cope with the loss of his only son ran on discusses the fact and fiction of Shakespeare's life, and why he wasn't afraid to deviate from accepted biography and embrace the mystery around the man he talks about teaming up with writer. Ben Elton, the creator of a British sitcom about Shakespeare how he achieved a painter look for the film by forgoing modern digital graphics in favor of traditional matte painting and the remarkable makeup that transformed Kenneth Branagh into the Bard himself less. He weighs in on the rumors that the mysterious dark lady in Shakespeare's love sonnets might not have been a lady at all the sex scandals that embroiled Shakespeare's family during his final years and the nagging speculation that Shakespeare's plays. Weren't actually written by William Shakespeare coming up with, sir. Kenneth Branagh in just a moment. Five time Academy Award nominee, sir. Kenneth Branagh is arguably the greatest living interpreter of the works of William Shakespeare, having directed and starred in many of Shakespeare's plays on stage and brought six of Shakespeare's plays to the big screen now at long last. He plays the Bard of Avon himself in a film, which he produced and directed called all his true. It opens in New York and Los Angeles this Friday may tenth cer- Kenneth Branagh. Thanks for joining me. Thank you. I love the film, and you have had a lifelong relationship with the works of William Shakespeare, how far back does this passion for Shakespeare, go with you. Well, it goes back to crazy moment really watching a variety show on television in about nine hundred sixty eight p to sell as the late. Great comedian. And actor"