This is the original version from the Hollywood Vampires performing “Heroes”, as aired on
TV for the “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on CBS channel, last July 30. The
performance is the same, but the YouTube Version cuts
band and talking a little bit with Johnny, Joe and Alice when the performance ends.
4 years ago, today, (December 25), “Into the Woods” premiered in the USA
and Canada. The musical/fantasy movie held its world premiere at the Ziegfeld
Theatre in New York City, three weeks earlier on December 8, 2014, and started
being screened worldwide on January 2015. Directed by Rob Marshall and adapted
to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim’s 1986 Broadway
musical of the same name, the movie was commercially successful and received
generally positive reviews, and praise for the acting performances. In
this movie, Johnny plays the Big Bad Wolf, in a sexy
variation, usually undertaken in the stage version, from the classic “Little
Red Riding Hood” tale.
> Synopsis: “Into the Woods” is a modern twist on
the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice
stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.
This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella,
Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel – all tied together
by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a
family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
* This is Johnny’s third musical movie
after “Cry-Baby” in 1990, and “Sweeney Todd” (2007), where he sung for the
first time in his life, 10 songs. In “Into the Woods”, Johnny sings again, but
this time in only one song. To better fit Johnny’s vocal range, the key of the
original song was lowered and changed to a jazzier melody. The song was
released as the third track on the “Into the Woods: Original Motion Picture
* This is the second collaboration
between Johnny and Stephen Sondheim, after “Sweeney
Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” in 2007, and also Johnny’s second collaboration
with Rob Marshall, who also directed “Pirates
of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” in 2011.
* Both growls and howls of Big Bad Wolf
are Johnny’s real voice.
* Johnny modeled the Big Bad Wolf’s
mischievous persona after, Tex Avery’s Wolf wearing Zoot-suit from the 1943 short
film “Red Hot Riding Hood”.
* Johnny was the second actor casted to
join the movie, as The Wolf role, after Meryl Streep as the Witch in Spring
2013. Johnny was also considered for The Baker role, while Alan Cumming was
considered to play The Wolf.
* It takes 18
minutes and 30 seconds to Johnny appears as Wolf, talking in a British accent, and more 11
minutes to appears disguised as Granny. In 2 hours of movie, he only appears
for nearly five minutes.
* Johnny accepted the role while
filming “Transcendence” and shot his scenes some time before start filming for
* Although the meeting between
Little Red Riding Hood
and Big Bad Wolf is identical to the original musical play, when it comes
to the next scene, where Big Bad Wolf is disguised as Granny, the following gruesome
scenes were discarded: After Little Red asks about Granny’s ears, she
keeps talking about “her” eyes, hands and mouth before being eaten. Later,
when the Baker finds a red
cloth piece in the corner of Wolf’s mouth, he slits his stomach and both,
Little Red and Granny steps out, covered in blood, from Big Bad Wolf’s body, which is
agonizing and alive. Furious, Granny tries to strangle him, and even thinks about cutting him
or leave him die, but later, before offer the Wolf’s skin to the Baker, she asks a him and a shocked Little Red to catch some stones to fill Wolf’s belly, and watch him try to
escape. In the movie, the scenes were not filmed, and the next scene outside
the Granny’s house, continue identical to the play.