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Does anyone know why Christopher Plummer disliked the Sound of Music?

I heard that he dislikes the movie that made him so famous...

I'm wondering if anyone has heard his explanation for why he doesn't like it.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Christopher Plummer intensely disliked working on the film. He's been known to refer to it as "The Sound of Mucus" and likened working with Julie Andrews to "being hit over the head with a big Valentine's Day card, every day." Nontheless, he and Andrews have remained close friends ever since.

    I also feel this was not the caliber of film he preferred to work in, owing to the sloppy sentimentality

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    4 years ago

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    Does anyone know why Christopher Plummer disliked the Sound of Music?

    I heard that he dislikes the movie that made him so famous...

    I'm wondering if anyone has heard his explanation for why he doesn't like it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    "Kym Karath who played the youngest of the seven Von Trapp children gained a lot of weight eating cream cakes during the six month stint in Europe. For the final scene when Christopher Plummer as the Captain lead the family to their escape through the Alps, the Canadian actor had to carry the heavy child for several hours. After several takes he screamed at Robert Wise to get it right, his back was breaking. Although Plummer would come to appreciate the film in later years, during the shoot he became dispirited and complained constantly. He referred to the picture as The Sound Of Mucus."

    "Robert Wise said it was good that Plummer was distant toward the children, it helped them to be scared of him on screen. Conversely, Andrews was as warm as she needed to be. She helped the child actors get over their nerves by making funny faces. The production was held up constantly by rain."

  • Hirsch
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    4 years ago

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  • JuanB
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    1 decade ago

    One part he did 40 years ago when he has about 200 acting rolls. If people are still asking him questions about it I'm sure he would hate it. Probably didn't get much money for it neither, given the pay and royalties back then. Many famous people hate the rolls that made them famous for a similar res on. For some it is worse because they become typecast and can't get any different rolls.

  • 1 decade ago

    It didn't make him famous. Christopher Plummer already was well-known and lauded.

    He refers to the film as "The Sound of Mucus" because it is so saccharine~overpoweringly sweet! The stage version was WORSE! They had to toughen it up slightly for the screen version, and it's still so cloying that I can barely stand to watch it. He also found it distasteful that the daughter romps through a sappy song with a Hitler Youth. You have to admit that's awfully tacky! I can't imagine what was going through Rodgers' & Hammerstein's minds to have written such a scene. Do you KNOW what the Hitler Youth were? Yet, this is supposed to be a charming, heartwarming duet!

    I'm in my mid-50s, so I was in my teens when this film showed up. I had enough of a sense of history to be completely shocked by this fluffy scene and to find the rest of the film far too "cutesy" for my likes. It ranks far down on my list of musicals to watch. I don't blame Christopher Plummer!

    Remember: For an actor, this was only another job. Look at his filmography at IMDB or Wikipedia. Sadly, Y!A won't let me post the link! What is going on?! I keep trying to show my source, but it refuses the links!

    Christopher Plummer also has done a lot of stagework, voice work, "talking books", etc. Here's some more information from his page at IMDB:

    Christopher Plummer is arguably the finest actor of the post-World War II period never to be nominated for an Academy Award, following in the footsteps of John Barrymore, for whose portrayal on Broadway he won a Tony Award. Aside from Barrymore, Plummer is the premier Shakespearean actor to come out of North America in the 20th century. He has also given many fine portrayals on film, particularly as he got older and settled down into a comfortable marriage with his third wife. Though he likely always be remembered as Baron Von Trapp in the atomic bomb-strength blockbuster "The Sound of Music" (1965) (a film he continues to despise), his later film work includes such outstanding performances as the best cinema Sherlock Holmes--other than Basil Rathbone -- in "Murder by Decree" (1979), the chilling villain in "Silent Partner" (1978), his iconoclastic Mike Wallace in "The Insider" (1999) and the empathetic psychiatrist in "A Beautiful Mind" (2001). Though many times tipped for a Best Supporting Actor nomination in the past 10 years, he has never made it to the post.

  • Nan74
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    1 decade ago

    Fascinating if true - I wonder if he maybe didn't get along with the crew or fellow actors. Or if he didn't get much $ out of it.

    Looking forward to hearing the answers.

  • 1 decade ago

    He didn't like working with Julie Andrews.

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't know about his not liking it, but I'm watching it too. He plays a great villian too.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because he is Canadian! LOL no I do not remember. But I think I recall that it was because he thought it was too flakey. Not fond of musicals.

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