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Rita Moreno's

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West Side Story

Rita Moreno's INTERVIEW

Watch the interview of Rita Moreno about her role in the 2021 version of West Side Story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSmFM5gozzU

Questions

  • Which awards did Rita Moreno win ?
  • What is Rita Moreno's role in West Side Story 1961 ? What is her role in West Side Story 2021 ?
  • Who created this new role for rita Moreno ?
  • What was really important for Spielberg and rushner about the latino characters ?
  • Which song did Rita Moreno sing in the 2021 version of West Side Story ?
  • Which scene was especially difficult for Rita Moreno in West Side Story 1961 ? How did she react ?

Which awards did Rita Moreno win ?

Rita Moreno won several awards :
- Emmy (Tv Shows)
- Grammy (music)
- Oscar (cinema)
- Tony (theatre)

She has multiple talents. She is an amazing and recognized actress and singer. She was awarded many times for her work.

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What is Rita Moreno's role in West Side Story 1961 ? And in the 2021 version ?

  • In West Side Story of 1961, Rita Moreno played the role of Anita, Bernardo's puerto rican girlfriend.

  • In the 2021 version of West Side Story, a new role was created especially for her. She played the role of Valentina, the owner of the drugstore where Tony works.

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Who created this new role for Rita Moreno ?

The role of Valentina was created by Tony Krushner, the screenwriter. Steven Spielberg, the successful director, and Tony Krushner absolutely wanted Rita to be a part of this new version.

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What was really important for S. Spielberg and T. Krushner about the latino characters ?

They both made a huge deal about the fact that every latino characters had to be played by latino actors.


People were not thrilled with the actors being black-faced in the original movie.

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Which song did R. Moreno sing in the film ?

She sang "Somewhere".


The song was recorded in live : Rita sang the whole song on set with no interruption.

It was a very emotional moment for film crew. Lots of people shed a tear during Rita's performance.

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Which scene was especially difficult fot Rita in the 1961 version of WSS ? How did she react ?

The scene where the Jets assaulted Anita in the drugstore.

It reminded the actress of terrible things that actually happened in her own life.

She cried her heart out, she couldn't stop cyring. She was feeling so bad that she wanted to quit.

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