This clip reminds that Anne Hathaway will be absolutely guns blazing as Judy Garland. In that 2013 or ’14 Weinstein-produced adaptation, I mean, of Gerald Clarke‘s “Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland.” Glorious, manic-nutso, Oscar-calibre…the whole shot.
Garland in her downswirl phase, that is, starting with the making of A Star Is Born in ’53/’54 and ending with her death in 1969 at the ripe old age of 47.
It was reported last December that production on the Garland biopic “has been pushed back to allow the actress and movie executives extra time to deal with the ‘sensitive project,'” whatever that means. “Work on the movie has yet to begin and Hathaway reveals production may not start until late 2012, to make sure the film correctly portrays Garland’s life story.
“Speaking on BBC Radio Four’s Front Row radio show, the actress says, ‘It’s a very sensitive project and there have been so many stories told about her life that we’re really trying to get it right. So we’re taking our time with it. I know it seems like it’s sort of an endless process but it’s very, very slow incremental steps. I had a meeting about it a couple of weeks ago and we’re all very motivated.’
Hathaway added that “I certainly don’t sing like Judy Garland…but I think people might cry murder if they don’t get to hear Judy’s beloved voice so the talk is for me to sing but I don’t know if that’s exactly what will happen.” Forget it — just use Garland’s voice and everyone will be down with that. Just because Hathaway has phenomenal pipes doesn’t mean she has to do her own singing. And she’s right — people will scream bloody murder if her Garland tunes don’t sound exactly right.