Vanessa Hudgens knows the power of the movie musical. She starred in two uber-successful “High School Musical” movies and played Mimi in “Rent.” So, if anyone can speak to the undeniable influence of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 movie musical masterpiece, “Moulin Rouge,” it’s her.
“Oh my goodness! It was just a beautiful, very specific look that I feel like everybody could completely submerge themselves into,” she told MTV News about the film before Monday’s upcoming “Moulin Rouge at 10: A Spectacular Spectacular MTV News Event.” “And it was fun, and it was thrilling, and your heart just went out for these characters. I fell in love with the movie, and I have not stopped watching it since.”
Hudgens’ “Sucker Punch” co-star Jena Malone immediately drew comparisons between “Moulin Rouge” and their equally fantastical flick, thanks to their musical scores. “It’s an interesting segue because Marius [de Vries] also did the music for ‘Moulin Rouge’ and he did the music for ‘Sucker Punch,’ and he does such crazy abstractions,” she said. “I mean, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible.”
MTV News will reunite Luhrmann, and the movie’s stars, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, on Monday at 3 p.m. ET on MTV.com. The director and actors will be joined by co-star John Leguizamo, who played artist Toulouse-Lautrec, and Catherine Martin, who won the Oscar for costume design and art direction. Hosted by MTV News’ Josh Horowitz, the live stream will include special appearances and live interviews while looking back at how the film came to be and how its legacy continues to grow.
Don’t miss “Moulin Rouge at 10: A Spectacular Spectacular MTV News Event” on Monday at 3 p.m. ET on MTV.com! Get in the conversation by tweeting @MTVNews with the hashtag #AskMoulin.