For instance, Iago declares in Othello that, “Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used.”
Iago is such a transfixing portrait of evil exactly because his motives are forever murky.
In 2009, he played Iago, opposite John Ortiz as Othello, at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
JI: There is a sort of Iago—someone who is up to some real trouble making—in the book.
Iago feels the necessity of obtaining motives for his conduct.
Again and again the reader asks himself why Iago is so venomous.
But the alliance of evil like Iago's with supreme intellect is an impossible fiction; and Shakespeare's fictions were truth.
His quick wits jump to the conclusion that Iago, "this honest creature!"
This is exactly Iago with Othello—believing in virtue, using, despising it.
I'm like Iago: 'from this time forth I never will speak word!'