Carrie Underwood Slammed on Twitter for ‘Sound of Music’ Role

    November 27, 2013
    Meaghan Ellis
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One would think it should be a highly commendable feat to portray the role of Maria von Trapp in a remake of the classic film, ‘Sound of Music.’ However, it appears there are quite a few people that feel otherwise about Carrie Underwood’s new role. The worse part is that they decided to take their complaints directly to the ‘Jesus Take the Wheel’ singer via Twitter.

According to E! News, Underwood was asked of her sentiments about the premiere in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. She revealed that she was nervous, due to the outstanding number of ‘hurtful tweets’ she’s received. She explained that some people expressed their disapproval of the casting decision in her favor.

“I get hate tweets and stuff like, ‘You’re not Julie Andrews!'” Underwood explained to Entertainment Weekly. “I know I’m not Julie. Nobody is and I would never pretend that I was…I know my place.”

The television movie hasn’t even premiered yet, and Underwood is already being scrutinized for the role. But why? According to the tweets, the answer is none other than the legendary Julie Andrews.

For those who aren’t familiar with the classic film, Andrews is the original Maria in ‘Sound of Music’. If the name doesn’t ring a bell here’s a hint: She starred as the grandmother in ‘The Princess Diaries’ with Anne Hathaway.

Andrews career in music and film has spanned over 60 years. She’s known for her work in classic films like “Victor Victoria,” “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” and “Mary Poppins.” Most people have heard Andrews’ voice before as well. However, you probably didn’t notice it. She’s appeared as a voice-over in films like “Shrek,” “Enchanted,” and “Despicable Me.”

In a nutshell, Andrews was probably the original in a number of classic musicals. So, some feel that the ‘American Idol’ winner just can’t measure up to the original. Others feel that while Underwood definitely has the potential to fulfill the role, she just doesn’t have enough stripes to be considered for such a prominent role. However, Andrews herself, expressed otherwise.

Zap2It spoke with the 78-year-old actress about her sentiments on Underwood’s upcoming role in the remake. She weighed in with a relatively positive response. “Fifty years later, it’s time somebody had another crack at it. I had the best time of my life doing it and it did wonderful things for me,” she said. “I think it’s great that it’s being done again, but doing it live must be so daunting,” she quipped. So, the premiere should be quite interesting to watch.

The ‘Sound of Music’ is scheduled to air Tuesday, Dec. 5 on NBC at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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  • Darell Larson

    I think Carrie Underwood did a fantastic job, no, I mean an outstanding job, no, I mean a tremendous job, no, actually I mean an unbelievable job. The fact that it was done live speaks volumes about her true talent. When it’s live you only get one “take” at it unlike in the movie format where you get to keep doing it until “everybody” likes it. Apparently, even Julie Andrews acknowledged the difficulty in doing such a major production live (I saw her movie, in 1965, when it first released and it was also great – yes I’m that old). Keep in mind it was a live production to begin with (Mary Martin in the starring role – 1959). I think there are just going to be those who can’t handle that a wholesome small town farm girl from Oklahoma can make it big in the entertainment and movie world. But, she did and she has and I’m sure she will continue to do so for many years to come. Oklahoma sure has produced their share of famous stars – Will Rogers, Gene Autry, Roger Miller, Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks, Reba McIntire, James Garner, Chuck Norris, Ron Howard, Dr. Phil and many more I’m sure.

  • http://comcast marlene G Crockett

    I love you carrie . u did a wonderful job in the Sound o f Music I just loved it the children were Great the Father everyone and all the nuns the press are not to be had in knowing good acting when they see it . it was wonderful I watch over & over again I just loved it Good job Well done . Love marlene