From Broadway to the Big Screen: Jersey Boys Stars Return to Roles in Film Adaptation

By Robert Simonson
16 Jun 2014

Erich Bergen
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“The three of us guys who knew the show so well had his back every moment,” echoed Young. “And he had our back as an actor. He really revitalized our performances. He came on the set the first day improving. You know the theatre. You can’t change the lines. You’re not allowed. Vince came to the set much like his character, a bull in a china shop. We had to go with it. It revitalized us and made everything spontaneous, which as you know, is the key to having exciting performances on screen.”

Bergen allowed that, when he first heard Eastwood was directing the film, he didn’t quite see the director as a natural fit.

“At first, I didn’t get it,” said Bergen. “I thought of Clint as a guy who directed, first of all, westerns. And I thought of him as this dark [director] — I thought of 'Million Dollar Baby.' Then I went back and [remembered what] Jersey Boys is. It’s not the typical Broadway musical. You end up having a typical Broadway musical experience. But it’s a play that happens to have great music.”

Lomenda, meanwhile, pointed out that both Eastwood and the members of the Four Seasons come from the same generation — all five men became famous and successful during the 1960s — and thus know the period depicted in the film very well. 

“Meeting Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli, and then meeting Clint Eastwood, you realize these men are cut from the same cloth,” he said. “These are legendary folks who have been through a lot.”

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