Project Updates: Hugh Jackman Rave About Zac Efron In Exclusive 'The Greatest Showman' Behind the Scenes

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The Greatest Showman, whose soundtrack spent two weeks atop the Billboard 200 albums chart, comes to home video Tuesday (April 10) with its release on Blu-ray and 4k UHD. It is already available digitally.

In this exclusive clip from the home video release, director Michael Gracey and Hugh Jackman, who played P.T. Barnum, rave about Zac Efron, who was cast as Barnum’s partner, Phillip Carlyle. Plus, the snippet shows previously unreleased rehearsal footage of Efron preparing for his role.

"Zac was really determined to do something different from what he’d done before, to take his skill to a different level and he did,” says Jackman. Gracey praised Efron, who was one of the first actors to sign on to the film. “The rapport that he had with Hugh was immediate. Their scene works together, the banter between the two of them, it is just fantastic.

The film, which has grossed more than $172 million, according to BoxOffice Mojo, resonated with fans for its message of inclusion, especially through the song, “This Is Me,” which, like all the songs in the film, was penned by La La Land Oscar winners, Justin Paul and Benj Pasek.

Gracey told Billboard that he was not surprised that people gravitated toward the film, and felt an emotional connection to its themes. “To be honest, I’m not entirely surprised with the reaction. Even during our test screenings, it was apparent that people engaged with the film in a very meaningful way,” he says. “The film is designed so that once you see it, you immediately want to see it again. The fact that people did go back again was not a surprise, as much as it was a joy to watch.”

The soundtrack soared to the top of Billboard’s album charts, with four songs from the film also landing on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs often drove the story and the soundtrack drove people to see the film. “As the film is a musical, the music is intrinsically linked to the movie's success,” Gracey says. “We worked tirelessly to write songs that would engage an audience beyond strictly musical fans. And fortunately, the soundtrack brought people into the theater who may not have gone otherwise.”

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Source: Billboard
Posted on 13 Apr 2018 by Admin
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