‘Mamma Mia! Over and over ‘: Julie Walters thought the sequel would be “gruesome”

In a few weeks’ Mamma Mia! Again and again ‘, the sequel to the film that was released in 2008 and was a success at the box office, having grossed almost $ 610 million worldwide. But when it came to participating in the sequel, the truth is that some were not very clear, as happened to Julie Walters, the actress who returns to play Rosie.

During an interview with Good Housekeeping, the British actress confessed that at the time she thought the sequel would be “dreadful”, but of course, that was before reading the script of the film. “I couldn’t imagine how it was going to work and what they could do with us. So my first reaction when my agent told me that they were making ‘Mamma Mia 2′ was’ Oh God no. It’s going to be awful. But the script was great. I think it’s fantastic. And I even think it’s better than the first one “, said the actress.

In addition, according to Digital Spy, Walters is a big fan of Cher, the singer and actress who joins the ‘Mamma Mia!’ to play Sophie’s grandmother. “Having her there was like being in heaven. She’s a great girl. I’m a super fan of hers. I’ve always loved it since I was little. He was great and he sings these songs that in the end make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up like spikes “.

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10 trivia of ‘Mamma Mia’

1 Meryl’s Terror

Although it seems impossible with such a career behind her, Meryl Streep began the filming of ‘Mamma Mia!’ Terrified. Let’s say that your talent as a performer, as overwhelming as it is historic, it did not directly imply a gift for singing. The actress, always aware of the responsibility she has at the same moment that she agrees to be part of a project, whatever its size, had doubts about being up to the task in the musical moments of the film.

For this reason, when he accepted the role, he was rehearsing tirelessly for weeks, yes, inside the closet of his house, thus trying to avoid the laughter of her family when seeing her sing at the top of her lungs ‘Dancing Queen’ or ‘Waterloo’.

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2 All for Streep

If you are doubting whether to accept being part of a project as peculiar and crazy as ‘Mamma Mia!’, Any detail ends up turning the balance to one side. In the case of Pierce Brosnan, who came from starring in two consecutive failures, ‘Blackmail’ and ‘The game of marriage’, the key was in Meryl Streep.

The actor, the moment he knew that she would star in the film, said yes without thinking for another minute. During the promotion of the film, Brosnan explained it like this: “I would participate in anything that involves that beautiful blonde girl that I liked so much in the School of Interpretation”. Understandable.

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3 Karaoke Time

It didn’t take more than a few weeks after the premiere of ‘Mamma Mia!’ to verify that many viewers could not bear the temptation to be silent during the musical moments of the film, which caused them to end up singing the songs at the top of their lungs. Therefore, the distributor decided to project in various cinemas around the world a version of the film in karaoke mode, that is, with the lyrics of all the themes superimposed on the screen. More than a movie theater, a collective party.

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4 ABBA 007

One of the most outstanding elements of ‘Mamma Mia!’, By far, was the wonderful landscape in which the story took place. An idyllic place, the greek island of skopelos, in which much of the filming took place and which appeared dazzling on the big screen. But another thing was the interior scenes, which were shot on a set in the British studios in Pinewood. A set that was especially familiar to Pierce Brosnan, since there they were filmed several of the James Bond films starring the actor. An important change, yes.

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5 Fighting for a role

For Amanda Seyfried, ‘Mamma Mia!’ It was a real take-off within the Hollywood industry that, unfortunately, it didn’t have much continuity. However, after the premiere, Seyfried became one of the revelations of the film thanks to a role full of charm. A character who came very close to not playing by “fault” by Amanda Bynes, Rachel McAdams, Mandy Moore or Emmy Roussum, interpreters who were considered for the role during the beginning of the project.

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6 Dances and songs

With a starting material as well known and consolidated as that of the theatrical montage, the film adaptation of ‘Mamma Mia!’ I started with much of the work done. However, and despite the fact that many of the steps seen on the stage were preserved, the film’s team of choreographers created new numbers for the occasion. On the other hand, most of the songs in the film are performed in play-back, although the most intimate are recorded live.

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7 Not an Oscar

Maybe at first, ‘Mamma Mia!’ It may not sound like an award-winning movie, but that scenario does not exist in the mind of a Hollywood producer. So the makers of this film adaptation asked ABBA’s two main songwriters, Benny Andersosn and Björn Ulvaeus, to create new songs that could fight for an Oscar nomination in the category of best original song. A proposal to which the artistic couple resoundingly refused. There were plenty of classics.

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8 Absolute success

A few weeks after its premiere, ‘Mamma Mia!’ became the highest-grossing live-action musical film of all time thanks to absolutely spectacular box office figures. A historic achievement that has been maintained until the recent year 2017, the date on which the remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ has ended his reign. And with how many more proposals that have been crushed by this review of one of the essential Disney classics.

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9 Mandatory cameos

Thanks to a decision as fair as it is inevitable, the film adaptation of ‘Mamma Mia!’ has the cameo of two of the main people responsible for the existence of the film: Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, ABBA Lead Composers. The first of them appears playing the piano during the wonderful scene of ‘Dancing Queen’ while, in the case of Ulvaeus, we must pay special attention in the final scene of the film, in which he appears dressed as a Greek God. And it makes sense.

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10 Swedish fever

To understand the cinematic phenomenon that ‘Mamma Mia!’ in commercial terms, it is convenient to review some of the data related to the original theatrical production. In the case of the latter, we are facing a work that has been enjoyed by more than 60 million viewers around the world, obtaining a global collection of more than 2,000 million dollars. A historical success that was repeated after his jump to the big screen.

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Ten years after the premiere of ‘Mamma Mia!’, Comes’ Mamma Mia! Over and over ‘the sequel that It will show us how Donna met the three suitors who were already introduced to us in the first movie: Sam, Bill and Harry. But in addition, we will also enjoy seeing the young version of Donna, Rosie and Tanya. And in the same way, Sophie will surprise us with the announcement of her pregnancy.

New actors join the film to play the younger versions of these characters, such as Lily James, Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan and Hugh Skynner. But don’t be alarmed, as Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård return to play these mythical characters alongside Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper. And to complete this magnificent cast, it is worth highlighting the participation of Cher and Andy Garcia. Don’t miss out on ‘Mamma Mia! Again and again ‘, the film of the summer that opens on July 20 in theaters.