Trivia / Evita

  • California Doubling: Most of the film was shot in Hungary. Averted with "Don't Cry For Me Argentina", which was filmed on the balcony of the Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires.
  • Dawson Casting: Unavoidable, unless the production opts for Playing Gertrude instead. In Eva's first appearance, she is 15 years old; she ages 18 years over the course of the show, dying at age 33.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: In a special about Madonna, while talking about her role in the movie, Madonna's two backup singers (who had toured with her for years and probably knew her voice almost as well as she did) mentioned that the songs for the movie were quite a bit outside Madonna's normal range and to stretch her voice as far as she did to sing in the movie was a minor miracle.
  • Follow the Leader: Evita was followed by a slew of European sung-through musical biopics about glamourous political women (Elisabeth of Austria, Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great, and their ilk) narrated by a sarcastic male character.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Averted (and notoriously). The movie was expected to be very popular in Argentina, but it was received with protest and indignation about the heroine's portrayal.
    • Some think that the movie portrayed Evita in a more positive light than the original play—Madonna made Eva look more like a vulnerable, noble-hearted, altruistic woman who believed she was doing good (albeit simultaneously manipulative, hypocritical and enjoying her fame, money and power a little too much), instead of some social-climbing, power-hungry witch.
    • Oddly enough, the stage show IS very popular in Germany, of all places, and has been staged and revived there numerous times. There are at least four different German cast albums.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: About midway through the film production, Madonna discovered that she was pregnant with her first child. The film directors went to great lengths to cover up the possibility of her "Eva Peron" getting pregnant, even if it meant removing some scenes of her being carried out of the church for fear she might slip. The music video for 'You Must Love Me' was filmed after production had wrapped which is why she spends the entire video standing behind a piano.
  • Star-Making Role: The role of Eva is perhaps one of the greatest examples of modern musical theater. The original productions launched the careers of Elaine Paige and Patti LuPone, two of the most respected musical actresses of their generation; "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" remains a Signature Song for both of them to this day. The movie version was perhaps Madonna's best reviewed acting performance, and the 2006 revival introduced Elena Roger to the English-speaking world.