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INTERVIEWS/REVIEWS: Mary Steenburgen
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Mar 28, 2006
Mary Steenburgen - Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School

Q1: How much did you train for dancing?
MS: Unfortunately, I was cast one week before the movie started, and I had made a commitment to be in Arkansas where I'm from during that week. So, Mary Murphy is a former national ballroom dancing champion very kindly flew to Little Rock and she and I just -- in between my speaking engagements I had there -- we danced and we worked together. So it was a very "fly by the seat of your pants" kind of thing. It wasn't like this wonderful -- you know you hear about people training for a month and then they have three weeks to shoot a dance sequence. We trained for a week and we had an hour and a half to shoot the most difficult dance sequence, which is the Lindy Hop. We had an hour and a half. We did I think three takes, and they're all up there [on the screen], in some version.

Q2: We couldn't tell the difference. Did you wish for one more take?
MS: Oh really? No, not a...

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