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(1996)

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When Peron tells Eva that she's dying, Madonna and Jonathan Pryce kept breaking down in tears and could not keep in sync with the prerecorded tracks. The vocals had to be recorded live on set.
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Antonio Banderas got the role of Che by submitting a self-made audition tape and performing all the musical numbers in front of Alan Parker at a dinner meet in Miami.
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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; both lost a parent as a child, and both arrived young in the big city with no money or friends but managed to succeed.
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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.
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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 few months' voice training for the role.
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Getting permission to use the Casa Rosada was difficult because ministers from then-president Carlos Menem's cabinet demanded to see the script. More than six months after initial meetings, Madonna, Alan Parker, Jonathan Pryce, and Antonio Banderas were called to an official meeting at Los Olivos, where she asked "Let's cut to the chase here. Do we have the balcony or don't we?" Menem eventually nodded and gave his personal permission. Madonna later joked that Menem only granted use of the balcony because she let a bra strap show during her meeting with him. A replica of Casa Rosada was built in Shepperton as a backup.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Antonio Banderas only speaks 6 words of dialog in the entire film. The rest of his lines are sung.
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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.
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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, whom 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.
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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.
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Patrick Swayze was considered for the role of Che.
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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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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 balked at doing another after that). Parker finally went ahead with the film at the end of 1994 when Andrew G. Vajna's company Cinergi offered him the chance to do it.
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The call sheet for the funeral sequence listed 4,000 extras: 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, 200 male 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, and a CGT float.
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Madonna speaks only 140 words of dialog. The rest of her lines are sung.
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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.
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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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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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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, locals had graffitiied "Go home Madonna and Alan Parker" everywhere.
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British singer and actress Billie Piper can be seen as an extra. She is a girl asking Juan Peron for an autograph right before he meets Eva.
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Meryl Streep, Pia Zadora, Charo, and Maria Conchita Alonso were considered for the role of Evita.
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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.
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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 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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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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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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During the memorial scene in the rain, one mourner holds a picture of the real-life Eva Peron.
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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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Jeremy Irons was considered for the role of Juan Perón.
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According to director Alan Parker, Cher, Ann-Margret, Diane Keaton, Cyndi Lauper, and Marie Osmond were considered to play Eva Peron and Elton John was considered for the role of Che during various different stages of the film's long development.
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The only non-Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be nominated for Best Editing.
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Cameo 

Andrea Corr: Juan Peron's companion at the concert where he first meets Eva, and the mistress Eva kicks out.
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Director Cameo 

Alan Parker: the frustrated director.
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