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The Phantom of the Opera - Minnie Driver Q&A



Compiled by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Q. Was it as much fun as it looked to play an outrageous diva?
A.Yes, it was. It was. It was fun. It really was good.

What was it that kept the Marie Antoinette-style wig on?
A. Willpower.
Schumacher: The skirt in that outfit weighed 50lb alone and the hair was 30lb.
Driver:
And they squeezed the life out of me. [Emmy Rossum agrees].
Schumacher: I want to say something on behalf of the women in this production. You know, Katherine Hepburn once said, 'remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did - only backwards and in high heels'.
Well, the women in this movie did everything men did but in corsets. But if anyone's ever worn one, they deserve an Academy Award just for that.

Q. Can you tell us when you first saw the stage version and if in an ideal world you could play any other musical role in any other musical, what would it be?
MD:
I really would have liked to play Roxie in Chicago. Not Velma.

Q. I believe that you sing Learn To Be Lonely over the credits. Was that specially written for you? Also, you likened your character to a famous British footballer...
A:
It was misrepresented in the notes. I said Carlotta had the effect/impact in her time as David Beckham, Madonna or Kylie Minogue.
Schumacher: Not her personality, but in terms of how she was perceived in Paris at that time. She was a superstar.
Driver: No, Andrew didn't write that song for me, but he heard my record and his wife, Madeline, said he should get me to sing it. So it was good. So I was very happy to be on the soundtrack finally.

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