At Sunday night’s 71st annual New York Film Critics Circle kudofest at Cipriani’s, Reese Witherspoon revealed that she almost walked out on her award-winning role.
Thesp said it was only after she accepted the part of June Carter in “Walk the Line” did helmer James Mangold inform her that she would have to sing.
“Jim called and offered me the part. I said, ‘Yes. Of course. As long as I don’t have to sing. I can’t sing,” Witherspoon told the aud. “And he said, ‘No, you don’t have to sing. Don’t worry about it.’ Then one day he called and asked me to meet him and T Bone Burnett. He said: ”T Bone is just going to play a little music and we would like to hear you sing something.’ I called my lawyer and said, ‘Get me out of this movie. Get me out really fast.’ But my lawyer told me we already signed the papers and I would have to wing it for a while until he could get me out.
“So I winged it for two months and then something happened. I saw Joaquin (Phoenix) channel the character and subsequently give an amazing performance. Jim actually played a really good trick on me.”