Besides the fact that Judy Garland was a real person, and the Joker is a violently psychotic comic book character, the two movies have some things in common. In particular, both characters convey so much about themselves through movement.

You only have to look at both the strength of Renée Zellweger on stage as Judy, as well as the moment that she slumps over in her dressing room to realise how key movement is.

Likewise, “they’re both vulnerable outsiders,” Judy biopic director Rupert Goold told Digital Spy.

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“They’re both remarkable performances by incredibly committed actors. Other than they’re completely different movies, of course, there are parallels.”

Zellweger’s performance as Judy Garland in the eponymous biopic has already started talk of Oscar nominations. Her vocal, physical, and of course emotional work is in part thanks to Goold’s directing.

“I think Renée’s physical work on the film is just incredible. I can take credit for just a small part of it, it’s her body.”

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One scene that Goold really worked on was towards the end, and – to save you spoilers – we won’t go into too many details. But his hard graft, including his attention to detail, paid off.

“I remember the producer turning to me and going ‘This is so moving, this scene. It’s great.’ I think it’s beautifully written, but also Renée and Jessie [Buckley, who plays assistant Rosalyn Wilder] by that point were really close.”

With many stage credits under his belt, and now an Oscar-worthy film too, where will Goold head next? “I’m always going to be drawn by characters, by actors. In theatre, you tend not to pick a project unless you know your actor.”

Judy is out in cinemas now.


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