Sunday 21 January 2018

Cher explains Burlesque indecision

Cher was indecisive about taking a role in Burlesque
Cher was indecisive about taking a role in Burlesque

Cher has admitted she drove the makers of Burlesque "crazy" by taking a while to commit to her new movie.

The singer and actress stars in Burlesque, a big-screen musical about a veteran nightclub performer and the newcomer she takes under her wing.

"I drove all of them crazy," recalled Cher, whose last major feature-film was 1999's Tea With Mussolini.

She first changed her mind because her character "wasn't exactly who she turned out to be on screen, and I needed her to be that character".

Shortly after getting word Cher had changed her mind, writer-director Steven Antin and Screen Gems chief Clint Culpepper got word she was doing dubbing work just steps away from their offices at Sony.

"There we were, stalking Cher for an hour and a half," Antin recalled. "It was insane."

The two convinced Cher to come up and see storyboards detailing Antin's vision for the movie. "We said, 'Five minutes,'" Antin remembered.

She stayed three hours and, again, agreed to sign on. Two days later, she was off again, but not forever.

"Well, Clint doesn't let you say 'no,'" Cher laughed. "And I wanted to sing in a movie."

She has two numbers in Burlesque, including a ballad, You Haven't Seen the Last of Me, to which Cher could relate. "I have had so many dips in my career and so many times where I thought, 'How am I going to get this back? What am I going to do?'"

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