Show me how you are burlesque! You may remember the uber glitzy 2010 film “Burlesque” with an A-list cast (Cher, Christina Aguilera, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Julianne Hough and Eric Dane all star — we told you it was an impressive list!), which told the story of Aguileras Ali as she moved from a small town to pursue her singing dreams before landing a headlining role at a burlesque club.
One of the other reasons it’s so iconic is seeing music legends like Aguilera and Cher together, which sounds like the former is pretty desperate. “I thought, ‘Go and follow her. Sleeps in front of her door. Do whatever it takes to get Cher to do this movie with me because I can’t see anyone but Tess,'” Aguilera recalled to Collider in 2010 from The Extent to which She Tried, producer Clint Culpepper getting Cher to sign on the dotted line. After they got her on board, Aguilera described her time on set as “just a love fest from that day forward,” later adding to Entertainment Weekly in 2020, “There were a couple of scenes that we shared where I was learned from her that being a supportive co-star really helps create something special and motivating each other is what leads to a great result.”
But while it sounds like the two had a pretty great time on set, it turns out that Cher isn’t a fan of the movie musical. And we don’t mean a fan.
Cher called burlesque ‘not a good movie’
Burlesque fans might want to look the other way now, as Cher didn’t shy away from revealing that she feels the film is a bit of an outlier on her acting resume. The star didn’t hold back when speaking to The Guardian about the film in 2013, telling the outlet: “It could have been a much better film. It was always sad that it wasn’t a good movie.” Pointing the finger at the film’s writer-director Steve Antin, the star said, “Terrible director! Really terrible director. And really terrible script. I remember him saying to me, I don’t care what you say, I just want to do the dance numbers.” Cher also pointed out that she made “Burlesque” (which lasts just a minute under two hours) too long Tell us how you really feel!
But the ‘Believe’ hitmaker, despite her disdain for the project, has also acknowledged how the film became a cult hit. “It’s no surprise to me that it was deeply embraced by the gay community,” she told Entertainment Weekly in 2020. “Obviously I’m pleased that 10 years later people are still embracing it and new people are discovering it,” she added.
Christina Aguilera also had problems with burlesque
Turns out, Cher wasn’t the only one who wasn’t too happy with “Burlesque.” Lead star Christina Aguilera also had a few issues, at least with the original version of the film, to the point where it was actually tweaked to include her notes. “They had to rewrite the character because I was like, ‘This girl doesn’t have much drive. She doesn’t have enough meat. I think you should give it to someone else,'” she recalled to Collider. “I had a first meeting with [producers] Amy Pascal and Clint Culpepper, and I said, ‘I just don’t think she’s for me. I want someone with more vigor and more passion for what she wants in life.” And that’s how they rewrote it.”
Culpepper also spoke about the decision to rewrite Aguilera’s character Ali, telling Entertainment Weekly, “She had notes … We even did a rewrite to make the character more active. She wanted her to reflect more of the woman of today.” Director Steve Antin then added of Aguilera, “She came and met me in my office… It was a very good meeting. I liked her so much. She posed really smart questions.”
In our humble opinion, this remake made “Burlesque” an instant movie-musical classic…no matter what Cher might think!