Liza Minnelli hopes Renee Zellweger had ‘good time’ playing Judy Garland

Liza Minnelli hopes Renee Zellweger had “a good time” playing her very “funny” mother Judy Garland in the film Judy.Renee is the favourite to win the Best Actress prize at the upcoming Academy Awards for her performance in Rupert Goold’s 2019 movie, wh…

Liza Minnelli hopes Renee Zellweger had “a good time” playing her very “funny” mother Judy Garland in the film Judy.

Renee is the favourite to win the Best Actress prize at the upcoming Academy Awards for her performance in Rupert Goold’s 2019 movie, which focuses on the actress/singer’s disastrous run at London’s Talk of the Town nightclub shortly before her death at the age of 47 in 1969.

Her daughter Liza has previously disavowed the project, and still hasn’t seen it, yet in a new interview with Variety, commented: “I hope (Renee) had a good time making it.”

When news broke that the Bridget Jones’s Diary star was involved in the project, Liza denied she had any involvement.

“I have never met nor spoken to Renee Zellweger…,” the 73-year-old wrote on Facebook. “I don’t know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way. Any reports to the contrary are 100 per cent fiction.”

The film delves into a dark period towards the end of Judy’s life, when she battled alcohol and substance abuse problems as well as financial woes.

But Liza, who won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in 1972’s Cabaret, is adamant she only has happy memories of her mother.

“We had such fun because she was so funny,” she explained. “She was funny, and she loved her kids so much. She was protective and very strict. She wanted you to do the right thing, like any mother. It’s that simple.”

Asked if she still feels her presence, Liza claimed she often asks her late mother for advice.

“When I call on her, she’s there, and I call on her a lot,” the actress added. “She’ll say, ‘Ignore it’, a lot. She’ll say, ‘It’s one opinion. Who cares? Just keep going.'”

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Scarlett Johansson had lengthy talks with Taika Waititi about her role in Jojo Rabbit

Scarlett Johansson had lengthy talks with director Taika Waititi to fully understand her role in his new movie Jojo Rabbit.The offbeat comedy, written and directed by the New Zealand filmmaker, follows the story of young boy Jojo, who has Adolf Hitler …

Scarlett Johansson had lengthy talks with director Taika Waititi to fully understand her role in his new movie Jojo Rabbit.

The offbeat comedy, written and directed by the New Zealand filmmaker, follows the story of young boy Jojo, who has Adolf Hitler as his imaginary friend and later finds out that his mother Rosie, played by Johansson, is hiding a Jewish girl from the Nazis in their attic.

The 34-year-old wanted to make her character a beacon of light in the otherwise depressing backdrop to the film’s story and had plenty of discussions with Waititi to ensure she got the role of Rosie just right.

“We talked a lot about what Rosie’s life was before, because she’s a very vivacious person I really wanted her to feel like she was in the middle of her life when this war starts and these atrocities occur – like everyone. We wanted her to feel like she had a purpose beyond this,” Johansson told Cinema Blend.

She confessed that her sometimes over-the-top scenes with her on-screen son Jojo, played by Roman Griffin Davis, were inspired by Sally Bowles from the film Cabaret, which was also set during World War II.

“I kind of imagined her as like sort of a Sally Bowles kind of character, that she was into vaudeville, as you said, and lived a really fancy life, an interesting Bohemian life in Paris,” Johansson said of Rosie. “She has a lot of light and life in her.”

Jojo Rabbit, which also stars Sam Rockwell, Alfie Allen, Rebel Wilson and Stephen Merchant, is in cinemas now.

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