Great interview, great movie!!
Diane Sawyer interviewing Julie Andrews for the 50th anniversary of “The Sound of Music”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r5HI-jy6po
Ten facts about “The Sound of Music” that you didn’t know:
- The youngest von Trapp daughter couldn’t swim for the canoe scene
For the scene where the Baron comes home to find out how much fun his children have been having with their new nanny, Julie Andrews was instructed to fall forward when the von Trapps jump in the water because the youngest couldn’t swim. Of course the boat rocked and she fell backwards instead and the crew had to jump in the water to rescue the little girl.
- Only three of the children had ever been in films before
Of the seven children in the film, only three of them had any previous filming experience. Andrews became an on set mentor for them, dispensing advice like, “Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong.”
- Julie Andrews curses like a sailor
The actors that play the von Trapp children say they never saw Andrews make a mistake while filming “The Sound of Music.” Andrews admits she made plenty, and often cursed when she messed up on the guitar or fell during choreography.
- The famous ‘Hills are alive’ scene was captured in 20 minutes
Austria is the 11th rainiest country in the world. On the day they were scheduled to film the famous hill scene, it was overcast and raining. There were only 20 minutes of sunshine to capture that iconic shot.
- ‘Do Re Mi’ was originally titled ‘First Singing Lesson’
The iconic song originally didn’t have a title. It is now considered by some as the first music video. The sequence was filmed in nine different locations.
- Andrews can still sing supercalifragilisticexpialidocious backwards
The “Mary Poppins” actress used to sing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” as a warm up. Despite losing her voice in a botched throat surgery in the ’90s, Andrews proved to Sawyer she still knows how to sing the famous phrase backwards.
- Doris Day was originally considered for Maria
Andrews had made two films, including “Poppins,” before landing the role of Maria von Trapp, but neither of the projects had been released at that time. The studio actually was considering Doris Day for the role since she had a much more bankable reputation and was considered to have the best voice in Hollywood. Fortunately for all of us they chose otherwise.
- Mia Farrow and Richard Dryfus auditioned for the children
Doris Day wasn’t the only famous name considered for the film. Both Mia Farrow and Richard Dreyfuss auditioned to be von Trapp children.
- Christopher Plummer was drunk singing ‘Edelweiss’
Sawyer also interviewed Richard Plummer for the special. The veteran actor revealed that he was more than a little tipsy for his performance of “Edelweiss” and his kiss with Andrews in the gazebo.
- Maria von Trapp cameoed with her daughter and granddaughter
The original Maria von Trapp as well as her daughter and granddaughter all appear as extras in the film. They walk behind Andrews as she sings her way through Salzburg, Austria on her way to the von Trapp estate.
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