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Trivia / Florence Foster Jenkins

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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Hugh Grant considered himself retired from films, but was convinced to star in this mostly so he could work with Meryl Streep.
  • Cast the Expert: Simon Helberg claims he was cast because he was a trained pianist like his character, and he auditioned primarily as a musician. He says that before the table read, Stephen Frears joked "now, time to see if you can actually act."
  • Dueling Works: With Marguerite, a French film very loosely based on the life Florence Foster Jenkins.
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  • Dyeing for Your Art: Meryl Streep had to intensely train to in order to sing badly, and injured herself in the process because she was intentionally using bad vocal techniques at full volume.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Meryl Streep herself is a good singer - as a look at Mamma Mia!, Into the Woods and Ricki and the Flash will confirm. She actually studied to be a singer before she became an actress. In order to play Florence, she first had to learn the correct opera techniques - and then learn how to sing badly. She does get to sing well at the end of the movie during Florence's Imagine Spot
  • Playing Gertrude:
    • Florence died in 1944 at the age of 76. Meryl Streep was a full ten years younger. She had to have her costumes padded to make herself look older.
    • Similarly, St. Clair Bayfield was 69 years old in 1944, whereas Hugh Grant was 55 at the time of the film's production.

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