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(1996)

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Alan Parker: the frustrated director.
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Although Patti LuPone (who originally played Evita on Broadway) has never seen the film, she did admit in an interview that she heard part of the soundtrack. She expressed disappointment with the fact that many of the songs' keys had been changed, thereby altering their emotional effectiveness.
The vocals for the scene where Peron tells Eva that she's dying had to be recorded live on set, as both Madonna and Jonathan Pryce kept breaking down in tears and could not keep in sync with the prerecorded tracks.
Antonio Banderas got the role of Che by submitting a self-made audition tape and performed all the musical numbers in front of Alan Parker at a dinner meet in Miami.
Most of the costumes for Eva were based on outfits that the real Eva Perón wore. Some were recreated from photographs, but many of them were based on the originals, which are still kept in government vaults in Argentina. Madonna undergoes more costume changes than any other actress in film history.
Antonio Banderas only speaks 6 words of dialog in the entire film.
Michelle Pfeiffer also was considered for the role of Eva Perón, and when the film was to be directed by Oliver Stone she even had taken a good few months voice training for the role.
Madonna changed costumes 85 times, more than Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra (1963). Madonna wore 39 hats, 45 pair of shoes, and 56 pairs of earrings. Because of this, Madonna was an entry in "Guinness World Record" that year.
Getting permission to use the Casa Rosada proved to be problematic as ministers from then-president Carlos Menem's cabinet demanded to see the script. Finally, more than six months after initial meetings, it was Madonna who managed to get the permission. After an unofficial meeting with Menem, she, together with Alan Parker, Jonathan Pryce and Antonio Banderas were called to an official meeting a week later at Los Olivos, where out of time constraints, she asked Menem the question, "Let's cut to the chase here. Do we have the balcony or don't we?" Menem eventually nodded and gave his personal permission. A replica of Casa Rosada was built in Shepperton as a contingency measure in event the permission was not granted. Madonna later joked that Menem only granted use of the balcony because she let a bra strap show during her meeting with him.
Madonna was cast after she wrote a long letter to director Alan Parker convincing him she was perfect to play the role. The letter was accompanied by a copy of her video for "Take A Bow" where she had specifically asked the director that it should resemble the '40s and '50s. Also in the letter she compared her life to Eva Peron's as they lost one of her parents as a child, and the similarity of Madonna and Eva arriving at the city with no money or friends and how they managed to succeed after all those difficulties.
Madonna underwent extensive vocal training to prepare for her role as Eva Perón. Appropriately, she studied under the same teacher who instructed Patti LuPone, who originated the role on Broadway.
In the original album and stage play, there is a line referring to Evita as "the new world Madonna with the golden touch". In the film, it was changed to "she's Our Lady of the new world with the golden touch". This was done since the actress playing Eva is Madonna.
Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Barbra Streisand, Patti LuPone, Derin Altay, Karla DeVito, Bette Midler, and Sarah Brightman were considered for the role of Eva Peron at various times of the film's development.
When filming the music video for "You Must Love Me" (which was a new song, written specifically for the movie), Madonna was four months pregnant with her daughter Lourdes.
British singer Billie Piper can be seen as an extra. She is a girl asking Juan Peron for an autograph right before he meets Eva.
Ken Russell was the first director attached. His first choice to play Eva was Barbra Streisand, who turned him down. His second choice was Liza Minnelli, who he screen-tested, but her casting was vetoed by lyricist Tim Rice, who wanted Elaine Paige, who had originated the stage role in London. Paige was also Rice's girlfriend.
Patti LuPone, who played the lead in "Evita" in the original Broadway cast, was offered the role of Evita's mother but turned it down. LuPone has reportedly never seen the movie even though Madonna wanted to know what she thought.
Meryl Streep, Pia Zadora, Charo, and Maria Conchita Alonso were considered for the role of Evita.
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Madonna only speaks 140 words of dialog. The rest of her lines are sung.
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It took Alan Parker three attempts to get this film made. The first attempt was in 1977 but was dropped as producer Robert Stigwood wanted to produce the London stage version first. On the second attempt in 1979 during the opening of the Broadway version, Stigwood then asked Parker who promised but did not reply at that time as he was doing another musical Fame (he loathed at doing another after that). Finally, he was brought to the attention and agreed to do so at end of 1994 when Andrew G. Vajna's company Cinergi offered him the chance to do the film.
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Oliver Stone was planning to make a film about Eva Perón, but after several disagreements with Argentinian President Carlos Menem he abandoned the project. Stone receives a token credit as a writer for this film, despite having made no input to the script.
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Patrick Swayze was considered for the role of Che.
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The call sheet for the funeral sequence lists 4000 extras with the following breakdown: 200 soldiers; 50 army officers; 50 foot police; 60 sailors; 60 nurses; 300 working class women; 100 upper class women; 51 descamisados; 20 naval officers; 12 naval police; 300 working-class men; 15 palace guards; 8 pallbearers; 60 navy cadets; 60 army cadets; 300 middle-class women; 300 middle-class men; 100 Aristo men; 100 boys; 100 girls; 200Vnale background; 200 female background; 1,400 miscellaneous background; gun carriage; coffin; 4 army motorcycles; 2 police motorcycles; 6 Bren carriers; 2 half-track military vehicles; 2 fox tanks; 4 army trucks; CGT float, ete. etc.
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Bob Gunton, Julio Iglesias, and Raul Julia were considered for the role of Juan Domingo Perón at various times during the film's development.
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Elliott Gould, Barry Gibb, Meat Loaf, David Essex, John Travolta, and Sylvester Stallone were considered for the role of Che at various times of the film's development.
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The final shot of the Casa Rosada interior was shot using the widest-angle anamorphic lens ever manufactured, an 18mm built by Joe Dunton.
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The original Broadway production of "Evita" opened at the Broadway Theater on September 25, 1979, ran for 1,567 performances and won the 1980 Tony Award for the Best Musical.
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The song "The Lady's Got Potential" originally appeared on the concept album for Evita with an entirely different set of lyrics. There was a subplot on the concept album that involved Che developing an insecticide with hope for financial success, and the original lyrics for "The Lady's Got Potential" centered around a comparison between the death of flies and the death of democracy. When the insecticide subplot was dropped on the show's journey to the stage, the song was dropped as well. However, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice almost completely rewrote the song for inclusion in the film.
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Mandy Patinkin was considered for the role of Che, which he originated on Broadway.
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Olivia Newton-John seriously lobbied for the title role when the project was in development in 1979/1980. After the box-office failure of Xanadu (1980), Olivia reconsidered her offer.
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One of Eva's lovers early in the film was Senor Jabón (Mister Soap), who got Eva the soap commercial gig.
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Was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the "Best of Film 1996" at position #9 in the in their year end review issue dated December 23, 1996.
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Alan Parker recalled that when he arrived in Buenos Aires, he soon realised how significant and important Eva Peron was to the Argentine people. Fearful that he would tarnish her reputation, " Go home Madonna and Alan Parker " was graffitied everywhere.
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The Blue Harley Davidson WLA motorcycle that is seen in the funeral scene was restored by Mark Evans on the British television series A Bike Is Born (2002).
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Jeremy Irons was considered for the role of Juan Perón that went to Jonathan Pryce.
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During the memorial scene in the rain, one of the mourners is holding a portrait of Evita. This is an actual depiction of Eva Peron, and not the actress playing her.
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Andrea Corr: Irish singer can be seen as Peron's mistress at the nightclub when he first meets Eva and also in the scene when Peron and Eva kick his mistress out.
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