Ralph Fiennes honored for directorial debut

Ralph Fiennes on "CBS This Morning."
Ralph Fiennes on "CBS This Morning."

Ralph Fiennes' new movie "Corilonaus," a screen adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy of the same name, features Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler and the director himself, who plays the title role.

Visiting the set of "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday, Fiennes told Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill how he was initially nervous about directing a movie. He's since been lauded for his effort by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, who have nominated him for outstanding debut by a British writer, director, or producer.

Pictures: Ralph Fiennes

 Fiennes said being an actor has made him interested in making movies himself and that adapting this obscure Shakespeare play into a movie was his  "obsession" for years. He played the same role on the stage 11 years ago.

"It's a tough piece, (a) confrontational piece, but I believed it could work as a strong political thriller," Fiennes said. "... I just thought this could work as a film, if we edited aggressively and found a good cinematic context for it."

In addition to talking about the film, Fiennes discussed the unusual pronunciation of his first name. Watch the video in the player above of his full interview on "CBS This Morning."