After transforming into stage and screen legend Judy Garland in “Judy”, Renee Zellweger said she hopes the late star’s family will eventually see the movie despite their denunciation of the project.
The Oscar-winning actress was on the UK chat show “Lorraine” when she shared her hopes that the children of Garland, including Liza Minnelli, would someday watch “Judy”. The Garland estate had no involvement in the film and the family has insisted they have no plans to watch the biopic about their mother’s series of sold-out shows in London in 1968, shortly before her death the following year.
“I do know that representatives of the family and estate have seen the film and that makes me smile,” Zellweger tells “Lorraine” as she wishes the family will see the portrayal of Garland in a positive light. ‘It’s an emotional, a private and complicated thing, but my hope is that it will be recognized as this expression of affection and a proclamation of her importance.”
Minnelli spoke out against the film on Facebook, denouncing “Judy” and refuting any claims the project was sanctioned.
“I have never met nor spoken to Renee Zellweger. 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,” she wrote.
For her part, which has earned critical praise in the weeks since the film premiered at both Telluride and TIFF, Zellweger spent hours in the makeup chair to transform into Garland. The actress revealed she also learned to mimic her singing voice by studying hours of her vocal recordings.
“[Judy] had this gift from the heavens which is inimitable, I took that out of the equation and tried to familiarize myself with her style,” Zellweger explains. “I just kind of went from there and then it’s just joy because that music is so wonderful.”