Andersson secretly auditioned actors for ‘Mamma Mia’ movie: Streep

July 9th, 2008 - 2:30 pm ICT by IANS  

London, July 9 (IANS) The ABBA singer Benny Andersson gave final approval to the actors wanting to act in the musical “Mamma Mia” after a secret musical test, says Meryl Streep. Streep, who stars in the film, never officially auditioned for Andersson.

Contactmusic.com quoted her as saying: “He vehemently denies this, but I know he retained the right to veto any cast choices right until the very end. He didn’t release the rights to the music until just before we started shooting.”

She recalls the moment when she realised that she is giving an audition.

She said: “He had this little twinkle in his eye and he was very welcoming. But about halfway through, I realised I was doing an audition, and that if everything did not go well I would not be doing the musical. And then I got really nervous.”

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