Arts Sweeney Hiphop
posted by March 29 at 10:43 AMon
Is everyone aware that Johnny Depp, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter are starring in a Tim Burton adaptation of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, currently in production? Sounds fucking rad.
Except. Says Liz Smith in Variety:
SPEAKING OF cutting remarks, Sacha Baron Cohen is trying to cut his co-star, Johnny Depp, dead. These two are filming the Stephen Sondheim musical “Sweeney Todd” at Pinewood Studios in London—wherein Cohen plays barber Adolfo Pirelli and Depp plays Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street. There is a competititon to see which actor can best shave another person with a straight razor. The “Borat” star put his own real life barber on the payroll as adviser and has had 16 hours of razor training. They say that Cohen has had problems with singing Sondheim’s lyrics and that he has been given permission by the film’s director, Tim Burton, to sing in a rap style. Cohen has to warble and shave customers at the same time in this film.
Ummm. (Via Thompson on Hollywood.)