The Surprising Way Barack Obama Changed 'Into The Woods'

December 16, 2014 8:14 PM

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The Surprising Way Barack Obama Changed 'Into The Woods'

"You are not alone." As director Rob Marshall remembers it, he heard President Barack Obama inadvertently use that "Into the Woods" quote during a memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It was then that Marshall knew he had finally found a reason to re-make Stephen Sondheim's musical for the big screen. And while it doesn't appear that Obama used that exact phrase during his speech that day, it is in the president's repertoire: Obama has said some variation on "You are not alone" in speeches about the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, Israel and Ebola.

As Marshall told the story to Emily Blunt, who plays the Baker's Wife: "Obama said, 'You are not alone, no one is alone,' which is the lyric, the actual lyric word for word [from the show]. And Rob called his producers and he said, 'We have to do this. This musical is relevant.'"

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