Hard to believe! Two-time Oscar winner Renée Zellweger (53) has an incredible repertoire of films. She celebrated one of her parade roles in the film “Chicago” in 2002 which even earned her an Oscar nomination. In it, she played “Roxie Hart” a showgirl in 1920s Chicago who would have done anything to be in the spotlight. The director of the film Rob Marshall (62) now shares an anecdote about the casting with Renée: At first, there was no trace of the self-confident showgirl!
In an interview marking the 20th anniversary of the musical film the director reveals to The Hollywood Reporter “Renée was very scared to sing for me. We went to dinner and I asked her ‘Do you know any songs?'” At that, the actress performed the song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” for him in the restaurant. The “Bridget Jones” actress was too shy to appear in the course of an official casting.
After her serenade, the director immediately noticed that Renée could sing. ” She was exactly the actress I was looking for because I wanted to find a vulnerable Roxie. Someone who can play the fragile side of her but is also good enough to turn the tables and become the powerful killer to it will and it took the whole spectrum for that” he reports.