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DE-LOVELY

The Performers
One of the most original aspects of De-Lovely is its stellar musical cast; an impressive collection of today's top rock and pop talent was assembled to sing and dance their way through the film. Casting these musical talents was a deliberate move on the part of the filmmakers. "We wanted to attract a broader audience,” says Winkler. "Many people know Porter's music is amazing, but it was written a long time ago; the artists who originally recorded the songs are gone and many young people don't know who Porter is. We wanted to help create a new generation of Porter fans, and having modern pop artists singing these consummate songs does just that.”

One of the first musicians the filmmakers approached was seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette. "She came up to our office for a meeting,” says Winkler, "and I said I'd like her to sing ‘Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love.' She looked at me and just said, ‘I'll do that.' She didn't even hesitate. She already knew and loved Cole Porter.” And as the filmmakers approached musician after musician, they got the same reaction; everyone they talked to knew who Porter was and loved his songs.

"Up until the last day of shooting we were still getting calls from artists asking if we had room for them in the film,” says Winkler. "You're going to find more and more pop singers doing Cole Porter.”

In addition to name recognition, the filmmakers felt having different performers from such different genres gives each song immediate texture and context. "There's something about each artist that fits each song and the tone of the song,” says Cowan. "It helps give more weight and meaning to each number.”

It was important that each artist understood how their performance fit in context with the story; they approached their roles as actors, not just rock stars. "Each artist added their own flavor and creative style to their song,” says Charles Winkler, "but they respected the story and modulated their performances to fit within the whole. They were all just fantastic.”

The end result is a who's who of modern music, and each artist's fan are certain to be impressed by their cinematic appearances. "Porter's songs were sung by the great voices and personalities of his time,” says Judd. "In that sense it's perfectly consistent to have the likes of Alanis Morissette and Sheryl Crow and Diana Krall singing these fantastic songs.”

De-Lovely showcases its music in a variety of ways. Some of the artists play characters directed by Cole onstage, such as Morissette and French powerhouse Lara Fabian. Others sing at events the Porters are attending, like Robbie Williams at the Porters' wedding or Elvis Costello at one of the Porter's Venetian masquerade balls. At other times, the music is used abstractly, akin to the great MGM musicals which Porter wrote. For example, legendary MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer (Peter Polycarpou) takes Cole on a studio tour and the entire cast breaks into an impromptu performance of "Be a Clown.” "This multi-layered use of music creates a very unique movie experience,” says Charles Winkler.

Director Winkler says, "It's amazing to have such an impressive collection of musicians in one film, and we're thrilled they feel so passionate about the project. Their love of Porter's music brings an unbelievable energy to De-Lovely.”

There's something wild about you, child, that's so contagious, Let's be outrageous, let's misbehave. They say that bears have love affairs, and even camels; We're merely mammals, let's misbehave.

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