Rene Zellweger felt a ‘sense of responsibility’ in ‘Judy’

TORONTO (HeadlineNews) – Rene Zellweger said she felt a sense of responsibility to portray the late singer Judy Garland as authentically as possible in the movie Judy, which was shown at the Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday to a standing ovation.

Actor Renee Zellweger poses as she arrives at the Canadian premiere of “Judy” at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The film depicts the last six months of Garlands life, arriving in London in 1968 as part of a sold-out concert tour meant to refurbish her financial state.

Amidst a rocky custody battle with her fourth husband and accompanied on the tour by her fifth and final husband, Micky Dean, played by Finn Wittrock, Garland struggles with depression, anxiety and addiction.

Zellweger called her portrayal of Garland a continued sort of exploration between the famous actress and singers public persona and her private experiences.

There are many parameters that are non-negotiable that have been said on the public record and through Judys own words and things. So you kind of feel a sense of responsibility to represent that as authentically as possible, Zellweger said.

And then the rest was pretty difficult to know because were talking about very private moments that havent been shared and its sort of an interpretation of what the experiences of the person who was living under those circumstances at that time might be like.

Zellweger is known for method acting, where she doesnt break character even when a scene is finished filming – a trait that helped her fellow cast members inhabit Garlands world too.

Wittrock didnt even recognize his co-star the first time he saw her in character.

From kind of that point on until the end, I very rarely saw this Rene Zellweger, you know? I hung out with Judy, he told HeadlineNews Television.

Zellwegers performance has received positive reviews.

Rene was perfect because shes a great actress, but also she sings, shes very funny and she has a big heart, said Rupert Goold, the director of the film. Audiences feel they know Rene at a certain level, that shes one of them. And I think thats a very Garland-like quality.

Judy is released in the US on September 27.

Reporting by Dennis Porter; writing by Moira Warburton; Editing by Michael Perry

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