Hairspray – Interview Special

Hairspray posterHairspray began life as a film in 1988 and became a cult hit. Written and directed by d the story of a ‘pleasantly plump’ teenager named Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) who dreams of appearing on a local TV show where every one dances.

It was adapted for the stage in 2002, becoming a huge success on Broadway, winning several Tony awards.

The new movie version is based on the Broadway show and stars a raft of new and established stars including Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley and Allison Janney.

I recently spoke to four of the actors in the film and discussed their roles and other aspects of the 2007 Hairspray.

Nikki Blonsky as Tracy TurnbladNikki Blonsky plays Tracy Turnblad, the Baltimore teenager at the heart of the story.

Her dream is to appear on The Corny Collins Show (based on Baltimore’s real Buddy Deane Show), the hippest dance party on TV.

I spoke with Nikki about how she got the part and the different aspects of the story that have made it so popular.


Amanda Bynes and Elijah KelleyAmanda Bynes plays Penny Pingleton, Tracy’s best friend who is also obsessed with the dance show they both love.

Elijah Kelley plays Seaweed J. Stubbs, the man Penny falls for and they form a couple whose relationship defies the racial barriers and segregation of early 60s America.

I spoke with Amanda and Elijah about their roles, the deeper themes of the story and what Christopher Walken would say to them as he got on set each day.


Zach Efron as LinkZac Efron plays Link Larkin – the cool kid on the Corny Collins Show.

Zach came to prominence as Troy Bolton in Disney Channel’s original movie High School Musical, which became a ratings phenomenon and also launched the double platinum original soundtrack.

We spoke about his new role and the way musicals work on film.

Listen to the interviews here:

[audio:http://www.filmdetail.com/podcast/get.php?fla=podcast-2007-07-20-89107.MP3]

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Hairspray is out at UK and US cinemas from today

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10 Replies to “Hairspray – Interview Special”

  1. ohh, zacc i lovee youu 😉 loll.
    you are so sexyy.
    this was the best film i had ever seen, you knoww. it’s veryy cool , and some parts are very funny, lol. 😉
    okay, nothing else to say.

    lol, i don’t knoww what are this comments
    forr, but if it’s something related to zac, my comments will be therre, loll-

    Kissess.
    Luli, from Argentinaa. my dreamm is meet zacc (L) loll. ;P

  2. hey zac my name is kristin and i want to know how i would maybe become an actor.? u have inspired me to take on acting but the thing is i dont know where to go or when they woul dhave the auditions so if u could help me to become an actor then that would be awesome.

    :)Kristin(:
    p.s. nice bod lol

  3. i love you zac soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i want to meet you

  4. i want to apologise the things that i said i the first two comments, i don’t know why i wrote those things; i wass veeeeeerryy stupidd. SORRY!!.

    Butt, really, zacc is veryy sexyy!.. lol, he’s so nicee.. lol. hee looks really greatt in haiirsprayy.

    Greatt fillmm!

    kissess.

    Lu.

  5. Zach you are my dream guy!!!
    I love you and always have since the 1st highschool musical came out!! I know ALL the words to EVERY song!!! And ur even hotter in HAIRSPRAY!!!!! My DREAM is to meet you in person!! I would die if i spent my life not knowing you!!! If there was any way i could meet you, I’d do it!! I REALLY wanna meet you some time!! And i love acting too!!

    PS: I HAVE MY OWN HIGHSCHOOL MUSICAL WALL!!! WITH ALL THE STARS ALL OVA IT!!!
    (especailly you)
    I dont no what that has to do with hairspray but ehh…IM OBBSECCED WITH YOU!!!!!!!!

    Love Always,
    Alyx!!

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