"I saw you backstage," Oprah teases, "That was not a setup." Before his role as Johnny Cash, Joaquin didn't even sing in the shower. Obviously it was something that I was really nervous about. It's really vulnerable going out in front of a crowd and singing—but then to sing like these characters who were so well known and had such distinct voices and were so loved—it was a great challenge. The nice thing was we weren't really result oriented. Getting to know the music, getting to know the lyrics. ' as opposed to just, 'Let's try and sound like John.'""For me," Joaquin says, "it's not about acting. It's about genuinely trying to go through emotions and feel things." Joaquin and Reese spent six months prepping for their roles, and got to know each other well over the course of the film. He's a good guy and he's a really good friend." "It was really inspiring to see an actor so dedicated to a role.
brings the heart-wrenching story of music legend Johnny Cash to life. The director came to us and he said, 'I really want you guys to learn to sing, to learn to play instruments, and I want you to record an album. " "Is it true that at one point you begged to get out? ' And I said, 'Yes, her name is Reese.'" Reese is the first to admit that her home life, including her marriage, is not all Hollywood romance and glamour.
When Johnny and June meet, both are married to others—but there is an instant attraction. After 12 years, June finally marries the singing superstar and their life-long love story is launched. She and Ryan are open about using counseling to work on their relationship.
It's June Carter's unconditional devotion that makes Johnny Cash "walk the line." As accolades start pouring in—critics have described her performance as "transformative" and "brilliant"—Reese admits it was no easy feat to transform herself into June..she was scared! "We've done that in the past," Reese says, "and it's always struck me as odd that people grabbed onto that story and made it sound so negative. If you don't have money to go to therapy, there's always church. " "But, I always say, these are awful things—but if this is the worst of my problems, I'm a very blessed person."Reese has gone on the record saying she's sick of the trend among young women to act as if it's cute to be stupid.
There are plenty of people that do this for a living. '" After voice and instrument lessons—Reese learned to play the autoharp—panic gave way to gradual acceptance.
With roles like the ditzy, yet brilliant, law student Elle Woods in Legally Blond and the vindictive and ultra-competitive Tracy Flick in Election, Reese Witherspoon quickly became one of Hollywood's favorite leading ladies. "It's good to have that kind of challenge in your life," Reese says, "It's important to do things that scare you to death!
In real life, this down-to-earth country girl is married to movie star Ryan Phillippe and is mom to two adorable children. "Reese and husband Ryan Phillippe are the parents of Ava, 6, and Deacon, 2.The director rallied her crew, and within six weeks they were on set.In the interim, the two spent a month in New York filleting her already pared-down script: "fighting the cliches of the genre, trying to find ways to say what was necessary, and I guess uncover Joe's personality," he says.He also spoke with a former US Marine turned private security contractor who specialises in rescuing children from sexual slavery."I wanted there to feel like there was a lot going on – that he wasn't this cliched silent assassin," he says.Or at least almost the start: initially, he'd turned the film down because its schedule clashed with , a western caper he was making with the French director Jacques Audiard.