Carrie Underwood has taken a lot of hits for her starring role in the television remake of “The Sound Of Music”, and has even gotten death threats. Apparently the public didn’t take too kindly to the “American Idol” alum stepping into Julie Andrews’ shoes. But as it turns out, the real von Trapp family didn’t want her, either.
“It’s just upsetting that this could potentially be the final broadcast of our story,” said Myles von Trapp Derbyshire, the great grandson of Maria von Trapp. “And although her voice is amazing, she doesn’t have acting experience…. It’s just the overall image, she’s a country star, she won ‘American Idol,’ she’s very public in kind of a tabloid way.”
The family says they wanted Anne Hathaway to portray Maria, especially after her Oscar-winning turn in “Les Miserables”. Francoise von Trapp, Maria’s granddaughter, blogged about the musical–and the producers’ casting choice–recently, saying that although Underwood is a talented country singer, she just didn’t seem suited to the role.
“Carrie Underwood as Maria? Seriously?” von Trapp wrote. “I mean, I have nothing against her personally – she’s an extremely talented country singer, but I’m pretty sure my father is repeatedly rolling over in his grave. Since the movie version of SOM won an Academy Award the year I was born, it’s always been easy to identify with Julie Andrews’ portrayal of my grandmother. It’s a little harder to envision Carrie that way. (But I do realize that’s what happens when Hollywood freezes time.) And while the girl can sing (although her voice lacks the Soprano purity of Julie Andrews) can she act? I’d like to know who else was in the running. Personally, I’d have put my money on Ann Hathaway, who in her upcoming role as Fantine in Les Miserable, proves that she can act and sing.”
Some of the von Trapp family members were loathe to watch Underwood’s version, but Myles von Trapp Derbyshire said he would, if for no other reason than to be educated about it when the inevitable questions come today.