Renée Zellweger really didn’t want to actually sing while playing an older Judy Garland in “Judy,” but director Rupert Goold told her it was essential to show how performing “Over the Rainbow” wasn’t as effortless as it once was.

“I think on camera it’s important to capture the truth of the performer, the literal physical exertion of performing.” Goold told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I’ve seen the sweat that pours off the performer on stage…the way the sinews move on the neck… it’s a very gladiatorial state of mind that they are in.

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