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Golden Girl Renee an accidental hit

January 21 2003

Surprised to see Renee Zellweger belting it out in a musical? You're not alone.

The star of romantic comedies like Bridget Jones's Diary and Jerry Maguire says she felt like an impostor when she was chosen to play the part of Roxie Hart in Chicago, the film version of the Broadway hit, reports

Zellweger admits she would not have been every director's first choice for the role, which required a great deal of singing and dancing.

Zellweger had never seen the stage show, which had been running for 27 years. And with no history at singing or dancing, she could reportedly barely make sense of the script.

"I wasn't going to sing for anybody besides my dogs when I'm in the shower and then director Rob Marshall comes along and that was it," says Zellweger.

"Every day it was a privilege to be on that set and surrounded by so many creatively talented people, knowing that on Broadway I would not have made the first cut."

She says once they began filming, she didn't have time to worry about whether she was as good at the musical numbers as her fellow actors Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere.

"There wasn't really time to step back and say, 'Hey, was that awful?'" she said.



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