John Bell: [uppper-crust, spit upon; revile;crack; resonate; bomber; vest; blow up;] Of course, of course, it's his characters who talk. And, yes, it's necessary that we see a society that is discriminating against the minorities. I think it's even more apparent with Merchant Of Venice which is a very disturbing play. It's about discrimination. The only people who belong here are the sort of the upper-crust white Venetian people, nobody else is welcome. Portia doesn't want the French or the English or the Spanish, and the least of all, the Jews. You've got to belong this exclusive white club. And Shylock is spat upon and reviled and abused, and finally cheated his money and his daughter. It's no wonder he cracks at the end. I'd be interested to see a production of The Merchant of Venice where you substituted the word Muslim for Jew and see how that would resonate today, because it's about if someone drives you far enough, and spits on you and abuse you for long enough, you're going to be like a suicide-bomber, if you said to me 10 years ago, could you, as an actor, could you imagine yourself walking into a school with an automatic rifle and shooting 20 children, or could you imagine yourself putting on a vest and walking into a cinema or a supermarket and blowing up everybody/anybody, taking as many as you could. I'll say no, there's impossible.
1. to break down psychologically, or cause somebody to break down psychologically, e.g. under stress or torture;
1. a special piece of clothing that covers the upper part of the body;
2. a piece of underwear worn under a shirt, etc. next to the skin;