Viewers are invited into Cathy and Jaime's passionate bedroom, the Ohio stock theatre that Cathy reluctantly travels to each summer, Jamie's various book signings and office at Random House publishing company and Central Park, where the couple is engaged, among others. "I was very excited because [the musical is] incredibly intimate, and that's generally what film captures really well — the subtle intimacies between people," said Jordan, who finds himself living out a dream as Jamie Wellerstein. The actor, Tony-nominated for his role in Newsies and recently seen on television in NBC's "Smash," first encountered the material in college.
Kendrick, however, knew nothing of The Last Five Years before signing on. "When I got the script, I was really excited because Parade is my favorite musical," she explained, "but I actually had never listened to Last Five Years. I read the script without having ever heard the music, which was one of the most impressive things [because I was] weeping reading the script — just reading the lyrics on paper and reading screen directions. Then, the next day, I listened to the soundtrack while I reread the script, and I realized I could never listen to the soundtrack ever again. It was so beautiful, and I [thought], 'Oh, I can't ever listen to this again… I'm just going to have to learn it from scratch, otherwise I'll just be doing an impression of the CD.'"
Although the actress — a Tony nominee for High Society who is best known for her film outings in "Camp" and "Pitch Perfect" — was afraid of imitating original cast member Sherie Rene Scott (who appears in the film as a casting director at one of Cathy's many auditions), she is completely different from the actresses who played the role before her and relates to Cathy's strong need for validation.
"The thing about Cathy… She thinks that everyone is younger and thinner than her. Maybe they are, and maybe they're not. Cathy is her own worst enemy, and Cathy's fatal flaw is that she doesn't believe in herself, and she wants to see her confidence reflected through a man," said Kendrick. "You can't have somebody else be the person who is giving you confidence. I understand looking for validation elsewhere, and that isn't a long-term solution. So, I think Cathy's downfall comes from insecurity more than actually being a deeply flawed person.
As for fault when it comes to Cathy and Jamie, Kendrick finds it difficult to place the blame. "I mean, it's so hard. Is it ever really somebody's fault?" she asked. "If you have friends who are a couple, and they break up, they're definitely blaming the other person for the reason it didn't work out, so I don't think there's an easy answer. But, that's the great thing. I love hearing people talk about the material…"
Director LaGravenese agreed. "I wanted it to be balanced, so that you really can't [decide]… That's how relationships are," he said. "You fall in love and you both make mistakes, and you're both right, and you're both wrong, and sometimes it just doesn't work out, and that ambiguity is what, to me, is so beautiful about this."
The film brings the Cathy-Jamie dynamic to a new level, allowing audiences to meet their friends, colleagues and past lovers (played by a slew of other theatre actors, including Jordan's wife Ashley Spencer), see their struggles and successes and relish in their happiness. Passionate and touching scenes between Jordan and Kendrick ensue during "Shiksa Goddess," "I Can Do Better Than That," "The Next Ten Minutes" and "Goodbye Until Tomorrow," and heartbreak and conflict are evident with songs such as "If I Didn't Believe in You" and "See I'm Smiling," among others.
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