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How Julia Roberts got James Marsden his Hairspray role?
March 4th, 2024 under Hairspray, James Marsden, Julia Roberts. [ Comments: none ]

Back in 2006, Hairspray was one of the most sought-after movies, so the producers were careful who they chose to be in the film.

They were looking to cast either Ashton Kutcher or Jake Gyllenhall for the role of Corny Collins. But it didn’t work out. Instead, they went with James Marsden. And the actor told Vanity Fair how he landed the part.

He went to a bar on Off-Broadway to meet producers Adam Shankman, Craig Zadan, and Neil Meron. While they were talking, Julia Roberts came over and told Marsden that she loved him in The Notebook.

With that, Shankman said, “I guess we’d be kind of stupid to say no to the guy that Julia Roberts just said hello to and loves your work.”

And the rest is Hollywood history!


Good Morning Baltimore, Nikki Blonsky is coming out
June 29th, 2020 under Hairspray. [ Comments: none ]


Hi, it’s Nikki Blonsky from the movie I’m Gay! ##pride ##imcomingout ##hairspray

♬ I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross

Nikki Blonsky was big news when the unknown actress landed the lead role in the musical version of Hairspray. Now, she has some other coming out about her. The 31-year-old actress broke her news by doing a dancing TikTok to Diana Ross’ song I’m Coming Out, and that is her way of coming out.

Hopefully, now that that is out in the open, she can be who she wants to be and date whoever she wants.


Coronavirus can’t stop the beat!
May 20th, 2020 under Hairspray. [ Comments: none ]

Over the weekend, I read that several cast members from the original Hairspray movie, which came out in 1988, up until the most current rendition of the tale, virtually got together to sing the musical’s iconic number You Can’t Stop the Beat. However, when I went to watch it, I could not find it online.

Now, the video is available for us all to watch, and it is exactly what we all need. How can you listen to that song and not feel happy? It is pure joy! Who doesn’t need joy these days?

When it comes to all of the stars in it, how many of them can you name without cheating by reading the credits at the end? I will start you off with Derek Hough since he starts it off. I guess technically he is a star because he was on Dancing with the Stars, and they have that word in the title.

Finally, if you can contribute to The Actors Fund, then please do so.


Nikki Blonsky thinks her house is haunted by a Latino ghost
June 15th, 2018 under Hairspray. [ Comments: 1 ]

Nikki Blonsky’s television suddenly changes channels to a novella, so she thinks her house is haunted by a Latino ghost. She is alright with them doing it as long as they leave her alone.

You know she should watch one of the Spanish soap operas because not only are they so good, they will also teach her to speak Spanish.

When it comes to her house being haunted, I do not think it is. I think it probably a neighbor changing channels who has the same cable system as her. But I am not paranormal investigator like my friends, so what do I know?


BTWF roles: Harvey Fierstein on Miami Vice
December 7th, 2016 under Before They Were Famous, Hairspray. [ Comments: none ]

Before Harvey Fierstein was washing people’s clothes in Hairspray, he was playing a lawyer on Miami Vice. He looks the same now as he did when he was 31 in that 1986 episode.


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