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Watch: Renee Zellweger Cries During Standing Ovation for 'Judy'

Wednesday Sep 11, 2019
Rene?e Zellweger as Judy Garland in a scene from "Judy."
Rene?e Zellweger as Judy Garland in a scene from "Judy."  (Source:David Hindley/Roadside Attractions via AP)

Renee Zellweger received a huge and overwhelming response to her role as Judy Garland in the upcoming biopic "Judy" when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival this week — so much so that it brought the Oscar winner to tears.

Zellweger earned a standing ovation from the TIFF audience Tuesday after the film's premiere, sparking the star to tell the crowd, "OK quit it! You're messing up my makeup!" as she wiped away tears from her face.

"Judy" follows the late Hollywood legend in the final months of her life while she headlines seven sold-out shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub in London. The film also tackles Garland's substance abuse issues during those shows between 1968-1969.

"It's a different sense of responsibility that you feel to represent things as accurately as you can by digging through the historical and public record of the legacy of Judy's life," Zellweger told the audience, according to Entertainment Weekly. "In reading those things and considering the source, I learned a little bit about the [difference] between the person's true history and the public account, and tried to find the balance in between."

She also spoke about Garland herself, saying she's "sad" that she "took her for granted, like a lot of people you love in your life, she was just always there."

"Of course she was extraordinary and deserved that place in history she carved out for herself among the greatest of all time, but it wasn't until we did this film that I properly came to appreciate how truly extraordinary she was by learning about the circumstances she was grappling with in the third chapter in her life," Zellweger continued. "It's one thing to be born with this God-given mix of talents that are one in a million years.

"But it's quite another thing to carry on and navigate your [life] around difficulties. Learning about that and watching this is what sets her apart, it's not just iconic, but heroic, really, and I was falling more deeply in love the more we learned about her as we went through," she said, T=according to EW.

"Judy" also played at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this month. With 26 reviews, the film has an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes but Zellweger's performance has been singled out with Oscars experts predicting she'll earn an Academy Award nomination.

"Judy" hits theaters on Sept. 27. Revisit the trailer here. Below find clips of Zellweger reacting to the standing ovation.








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