Bill Shakespeare Gnomeo & Juliet
Bill Shakespeare in "Gnomeo & Juliet" - © Touchstone Pictures
Bill Shakespeare from "Gnomeo and Juliet" is one of the characters in the animated feature film. Bill Shakespeare ("Gnomeo and Juliet") is voiced by Patrick Stewart.

Situated in the park in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bill is the ultimate garden ornament: a statue—a statue of William Shakespeare, coincidentally. He is a scholar, of course, with a working knowledge of all things Shakespearean, so when he meets Gnomeo and learns the details of the feud between the Reds and the Blues and how it's keeping Gnomeo and Juliet apart, Bill is reminded of a remarkably similar tale.

"In our story, Gnomeo is exiled and sent away," says director Kelly Asbury. "We decided that he needs to meet some version of William Shakespeare and tell him his tale of woe so Shakespeare can say, 'It doesn't end very well for you and Juliet.' That's really the impetus for the third act: Gnomeo and Juliet trying to change the ending that's been predestined for them. They want to make it happier."

"Patrick Stewart was the first and clear choice to be the voice of Shakespeare," says producer Baker Bloodworth."He has that booming voice and came in and just knocked it out of the park."

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