“I narrowly missed out on a job [in 2006] in London
playing the youngest PM in Britain, William Pitt, [in ‘Amazing Grace’]. I did a really good audition
and I worked really hard to get the job.
The director ummed and ahhed on me for weeks. Finally, he said, ‘My issue with Joel is that
he doesn’t strike me as blue-blooded enough.'…When he looked at me, I
didn’t seem like the upper class, silver spoon type. Inside, I was like, 'No, no, I can be that!’“
So anyway, then I get to [casting] 'The Square’ and I had this realisation. There’s this thing I refer to as the - You Are
The Guy Or You Are Not The Guy - and I realised when I was dealing with this
director in London that I just wasn’t The Guy.
If I was the only guy in contention, I could’ve been The Guy and I
could’ve done a good job, but because there was another person in the frame
(Benedict Cumberbatch) that was more The Guy than I was The Guy…Well, now I’ve completely given up all
those feelings of, ‘Arghhh!’ because if
I was the director, I would’ve picked the other guy too!”
– Joel Edgerton on losing out on a role to Benedict Cumberbatch and learning that casting decisions are rarely personal
“I cried when Meimei sang Amazing Grace during the press conference for “Minako”.”
“can we please talk about how precious meimi is in that last video of her? (oricon news) and how beautiful her voice is? i’m so happy she is no longer in h!p, her talent was wasting, i lover her so muchhhh!”
On this day in music history: June 1, 1972 - “Amazing Grace”, the third live album (twenty second overall) by Aretha Franklin is released. Produced by Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin and Aretha Franklin, it is recorded at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, CA on January 13-14, 1972. Coming off another highly successful year in 1971, Aretha Franklin begins 1972 by returning to her gospel roots. Brought up singing in the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, pastored by her father the Rev. C.L. Franklin, and having made gospel recordings in her pre-fame years, “The Queen Of Soul” decides to record a new album of church standards. It is recorded over two evenings at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, CA. Featured along with Aretha is soul gospel legend the Reverend James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir. Franklin is backed by members of her band including Chuck Rainey (bass), Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (drums), Cornell Dupree (guitar), Kenneth Lupper (organ) and Pancho Morales (percussion). Originally issued as a fourteen track double album, “Amazing Grace” is a major success, becoming the best selling gospel album of all time (and of her career), winning a Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance in 1973. First released on CD in 1987, it is remastered and reissued in expanded form in 1999. Having pared the recordings down to fit comfortably on four sides of a vinyl LP, the new double CD reissue titled “Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings”, features the full performances from both evenings. The original version is reissued on vinyl in 2014 by Rhino Records. Along with the album, the performances were filmed for a proposed documentary and concert film directed by Sydney Pollack (“Tootsie”, “Out Of Africa”). Because the film was made without clapperboards to mark the film for proper synchronization with the sound, it is shelved by Warner Bros and sits in their vault for more than thirty eight years. Before Pollack’s death in 2008, he turns the footage over to film producer Alan Elliott, who spends two years painstakingly synchronizing the film and sound. Initially, Elliott intends to release the film in 2011, but is prevented from doing so when Franklin sues him for using her likeness without her permission. But when the contract signed by Aretha is found in Warner Bros archives, plans for screenings at several film festivals are planned in 2015. Once again they are blocked by the singer when she is granted a last minute injunction, again stopping the proposed screenings. To date, the film remains in legal limbo and has not been seen by the public other than a brief film trailer. “Amazing Grace” peaks at number two on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number seven on the Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.