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Michelle Pfeiffer Was ‘on Edge’ About Playing ‘Blatantly Racist’ Hairspray Character, Director states

Michelle Pfeiffer had some bookings concerning her part in Hairspray.

For the movie’s 15th wedding anniversary today, director Adam Shankman informs PEOPLE that the actress obtained confidence from her daughter Claudia, currently 29, concerning playing Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray.

” Michelle brought her daughter Claudia to the read-through as well as maybe she came as well as visited when,” Shankman claims. “I understand that was very purposeful and also extremely emotional because Michelle was extremely on edge regarding playing someone so blatantly racist.”

He includes, “It made her uncomfortable a little, as well as her child actually assured her that it would be great.”

In the film, Von Tussle is the station supervisor at WTZT, where The Corny Collins Show is filmed. She pushes her child Amber Von Tussle (Brittany Snow) right into the spotlight and also places her archaic beliefs on screen.

Shankman describes exactly how the movie’s message is the antithesis of Pfeiffer’s personality. The flick adheres to adventurous teen Tracy Turnblad as she chases big-star desires while defending racial equality amid the unstable civil landscape of 1960s Baltimore.

” Legitimately hidden in the movie is just exactly how incorrect it is to despise on other people, so whatever that resembles. Tracy didn’t have the very same concerns as Seaweed. It’s a blanket message,” he says.

You can’t stop change. Change is just how the globe functions. You can’t stop time, as a lot as some individuals want they could.”

Shankman likewise opens up regarding why the movie personally resonated with him.

” The objective of the motion picture was simply to obtain out there as well as spread pure happiness, to reveal just how I really felt in life … I always really felt like an other kind of a teenage youngster who really did not understand why individuals really did not want me to dance, maybe because I was gay or whatever it was,” he states. And also I’ve never ever understood bias.

” And in all the years past it,” he continues, “I’ve had nothing but a limitless stream of parents saying, ‘Thank you for making this due to the fact that you’ve opened up a discussion in our residence with our kids that has actually been incredible, and also we’re grateful.’ I don’t understand what else I can ask for.”

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