By Michael Gioia
25 Feb 2014
"I was very excited because [the musical is] incredibly intimate, and that's generally what film captures really well — the subtle intimacies between people," said Jordan, who finds himself living out a dream as Jamie Wellerstein. The actor, Tony-nominated for his role in Newsies and recently seen on television in NBC's "Smash," first encountered the material in college.
"Sometimes you don't know your dream role is your dream role until you get it, and you're like, 'Holy shit!' But I knew this…," said Jordan. "The second I heard this [score] back in college when it first came out, I was immediately obsessed. I never actually seen the show, but I very intimately knew the soundtrack [and] — along with every other musical theatre lover — related to it instantly. I had it memorized before I even auditioned for this movie."
Kendrick, however, knew nothing of The Last Five Years before signing on. "When I got the script, I was really excited because Parade is my favorite musical," she explained, "but I actually had never listened to Last Five Years. I read the script without having ever heard the music, which was one of the most impressive things [because I was] weeping reading the script — just reading the lyrics on paper and reading screen directions. Then, the next day, I listened to the soundtrack while I reread the script, and I realized I could never listen to the soundtrack ever again. It was so beautiful, and I [thought], 'Oh, I can't ever listen to this again… I'm just going to have to learn it from scratch, otherwise I'll just be doing an impression of the CD.'"
"The thing about Cathy… She thinks that everyone is younger and thinner than her. Maybe they are, and maybe they're not. Cathy is her own worst enemy, and Cathy's fatal flaw is that she doesn't believe in herself, and she wants to see her confidence reflected through a man," said Kendrick. "You can't have somebody else be the person who is giving you confidence. I understand looking for validation elsewhere, and that isn't a long-term solution. So, I think Cathy's downfall comes from insecurity more than actually being a deeply flawed person."Continued...