Whoopi Goldberg sat down for an interview with 'Entertainment Weekly', to discuss the 25th anniversary of her classic comedy 'Sister Act'.
The film, released May 29th,1992, was a critical smash nabbing $231 million worldwide, a successful sequel, as well as a 2009 musical adaptation in 2009.
You can read some of Whoopi's responses in the interview below, and check out the full interview HERE:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What attracted you to the project?WHOOPI GOLDBERG: The story is just so out there, and I thought, “I could do this; I could have a really great time with this.” But it was originally [conceived] for Bette Midler. So it was written for somebody who could sing. So the only thing I said was, “You know that that’s not really what I do, so [Deloris] can’t be a great singer. She has to be, like, a one-hit wonder.” And they were like, “Whatever you want to do, let’s have some fun.” And the rest is kind of wonderful.
Did you have any musical background at all?I knew I could sort of carry a tune, but more like Zero Mostel or Rex Harrison, not like Bette, not like Patti Labelle — I couldn’t do that. But Marc Shaiman, who did the music, said, “Listen, I’m going to surround you with everything you need.” So he gave me two wonderful women, [Jenifer Lewis and Charlotte Crossley, who play Deloris’ Reno backup singers]. The two of them got me through all of the musical stuff. They both sang with Bette; they were both, at one point, [in] the Harlettes. To be able to sing with them, and get an idea of where my voice is, was wonderful. It was like, “Ooh!” and then I said to myself, “Don’t pretend you can sing.” No, I won’t. I’m not cutting any albums.
How did the musical numbers come together?The three of us worked out what we wanted to do and then we showed it to Marc. And because we had songs that I knew, all those great Motown songs, it was easy for me to fall into them. So our choreography is very, very tight, because they have us on the world’s smallest stage in one of those casinos. We were literally trying not to fall off the stage. [In the church], you look at Mary Wickes, Beth Fowler, Kathy Najimy, all those great nuns, all these wonderful people — we had a great time. And so whatever craziness we got through, we got through it together.
Would you ever play Deloris a third time?Yeah, it would be a great blast. I would have a good time, because it’s a piece I understand and I know. But would they call me? Probably not. They’ll find somebody much younger to do it. They should call me.