Anna’s co-star in “The Last Five Years”, Jeremy Jordan, has given an in-depth interview to Broadway World in which he reveals some new details about the project. A few highlights: They are rehearsing now, with filming scheduled for June. It will film mostly in New York. Other actors will be cast. Live singing will be employed for certain sections, while others will be pre-recorded. Anna might have another movie to do between rehearsals and filming (What could it be??). Lots of stuff in here, enjoy! So freakin’ excited for this movie.
PC: THE LAST FIVE YEARS on film could be the launching pad for your rising star to rise even higher. Do you anticipate that?
JJ: Yeah, I hope so! I mean, while it is still a musical, it is really next-level material – it’s hardcore, heavy, intense and fun, too. I am so excited about it. I can’t wait to get started.
PC: So, filming starts in June? Where will you shoot?
JJ: Yeah, we are scheduled to start shooting in June and we will be filming mostly in New York, as far as I know. That’s the plan. I have my first rehearsal on Sunday, actually.
PC: A Happy Easter it will be!
JJ: Yeah, Anna [Kendrick], the director and I will be having rehearsals all through April. So, we are starting off and then she has to go film a movie or something and then when she comes back we will hit the ground running.
PC: Have you two worked together before at any point?
JJ: No, no – I’ve actually never even met her in person yet. We’ve spoken on e-mail and stuff, though. We were trying to get together recently, but I guess she doesn’t live in New York so it is a little difficult. Hopefully, we will get a drink before we start rehearsals and everything and, I don’t know, get to know each other’s favorite colors or something. [Laughs.]
PC: You will need to have quite a rapport for these two roles, don’t you think?
JJ: We will. I can’t wait to get started on rehearsals.
PC: Will there be any other actors in the movie?
JJ: Yeah, it is not going to be just us – the whole movie, at this point, is about ninety-five percent sung-through with a few lines of dialogue here and there. A couple of people get to say other things, though – you’ll see Elyse, the girl that Jamie ends up leaving Cathy for. And you will see Jamie’s agents. You’ll see all the people at the summer stock theatre in Ohio, too.
PC: No way! Even Wayne the Snake?
JJ: I think that’s that plan! You know, it’s the real world, though – it’s taking place in the real world. When we do our songs, even if they are solos, when we do the songs in the scenes I will be singing to her and she will be there in the scene and reacting but I will be the one singing and vice-versa. But, that’s just the way that it is right now – things could change. That is the sort of concept that we are going for at the moment. I think it is going to be incredible.
PC: It sounds revolutionary.
JJ: Yeah, it’s kind of experimental in the way that it is structured, though – you know: solo, solo, solo; for a movie, that’s kind of weird and different.
PC: The score is so remarkable. Have you ever sung Jason Robert Brown’s music before?
JJ: I haven’t. I haven’t ever sung it in a professional setting, at least. So, I am totally, totally pumped. I think the album came out right before I went off to college, so I remember it being a huge, huge thing at the time.
PC: You can say that again – I’m 28, too; I remember.
JJ: Of course! Of course! Yeah, man, it was this huge thing! You know! I just remember everyone being like, “This is the holy grail of musical theatre recordings!” I was actually talking to Anna about it, too – she’s the same age as us. So, yeah, it’s just amazing we’re doing it. THE LAST FIVE YEARS is this quintessential piece and every song is an actor’s song and every song is incredibly difficult and incredibly powerful and incredibly amazing. It was one of those things in college where, like, you gauged how good you were by how well you were able to pull off a song from THE LAST FIVE YEARS.
PC: That’s so funny – and true, too.
JJ: Yeah, I mean, if you could do “Moving Too Fast” and “Nobody Needs To Know” really, really well, you kind of knew you would make it someday, somehow! [Laughs.]
PC: Have you discussed if the profanity will stay in or not? To qualify for a PG-13, a f-bomb or two might have to go.
JJ: [Pause.] Wait, this is supposed to be PG-13? [Laughs.]
PC: I assumed so. Is it?
JJ: Well, I don’t know – the script that I read actually had quite a bit of nudity in it, but I think they ended up taking a lot of that out. I think that it can still be PG-13 how it is, though. I don’t think there are that many “f*cks” in it, are there?
PC: At least three or four.
JJ: Yeah, he says it once or twice and she says it twice, I guess, so I guess you are right – but, that’s not a lot, really. There is no way I can foresee them changing any of it because of that, though.
PC: Are you considering live singing for any of the film?
JJ: Well, I think that some of it needs to be sung live – at the same time, I think that a lot of it can’t, though. Some of the production numbers would be too difficult to do live onset, I think – especially on something with a low budget like this.
PC: Can you give any examples yet, even at this early stage of the game?
JJ: I think some examples would be “If I Didn’t Believe In You” – something like that – or “A Miracle Would Happen”; some of those sort-of spoke-sung songs you kind of almost have to do live because they are so spontaneous and in the moment that to focus on lip-synching and trying to get the exact perfect placement of every word in while also getting to that emotional place that you have to get to to bring off the song, you’re not going to be able to commit one-hundred-percent to the scene and the action and the emotion of it if you are thinking about getting the lyrics properly placed just like when you recorded it two months ago.
PC: So, pre-record can be perilous on a movie musical, too.
JJ: Yeah, I mean, I think that with things that are more sort of rhythmically in place – songs like “Shiksa Goddess” or “Moving Too Fast” have a really rhythmic through-line and so those songs are a little bit easier to follow along to on a recording as opposed to some of the songs that are more spoken and have more freedom or more legato, which is a lot of the score, too. So, I think we will be doing lots of stuff live, but not all of it.