In an exclusive clip celebrating the digital release of Pitch Perfect 3, the cast, crew, and Wilson herself share some insight on just how hard the actress worked for the final installment of the franchise.
“I’m doing a lot of running back and forth,” Wilson joked, downplaying the rigorous training she did for the film. “I mean, I have to run at least ten steps in this scene. I’m loving the cardio.”
“In Pitch Perfect 1 or 2, I maybe just like, slapped Bumper,” she continued. “But this time it’s full-on choreographed fight scenes which are very similar to doing the dancing, actually.”
All jokes aside, producer Max Handelman says that having Wilson’s character get physical was all part of the plan.
“We were excited about the idea of literally making the Bellas action heroes, especially Fat Amy.”
And that they did! In the hilariously entertaining flick, Wilson not only fights off villains, but she completes a 20 foot free-fall jump alongside her co-star, Anna Kendrick.
“It was so much fun,” Wilson revealed during an interview with Seth Meyers last year. “I did my own stunts and I fight off a lot of bad guys in the film when the rest of the Bellas get kidnapped. It was really cool.”
While Wilson isn’t one to gloat about her hours spent in the gym, her co-stars were blown away by the dedication.
“I am so impressed by Rebel’s bravery at all times,” Elizabeth Banks said in the clip. “In this movie, she’s been training and she’s been so brave and just so game to go for it.”
The film’s director, Trish Sie, agrees. “Rebel’s doing tons of stunts. I mean, [she] basically turns into an action star in this movie.”
Sie added, “She’s so physical, she’s really strong and athletic, and she’s just so funny. No matter what she’s doing, she stays in character.”
The 37-year-old added, “The stunt coordinator, Jennifer, said I was tougher than Tom Cruise. Maybe I’ve got a career as an action woman.”
The 8th annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards was “the Season Kent and Kier Lehman show,” according to GMS president Thomas Golubic, acknowledging the multiple trophy winners at the group’s Thursday night ceremony at the ACE Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Following a rousing opening number by U.K. rock band Yungblud, Kent took the first award of the evening for best music supervisor for television drama for “13 Reasons Why,” while her husband, Kier Lehman, won best music supervision in a television comedy or musical for “Insecure (Season 2),” and also took top honors in the television limited series or movie category for “Quicksand,” performed by SZA for “Insecure: Episode 208 ‘Hella Perspective’.”
Apple was another multiple winner, picking up best use of music by a brand, and best use of music in a single advertising spot for Peymon Maskan, TBWA/Media Arts Lab spot “Apple Stroll.”
Julianne Jordan and Julia Michels won the big feature film award for “Pitch Perfect 3,” besting work on “Beauty and the Beast,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Coco” and “The Greatest Showman.” among films budgeted at more than $25 million.
Somewhat controversially, “Baby Driver” wasn’t nominated due to the lack of a credited “music supervisor” (since director Edgar Wright chose the music). But Trailer Park music mastermind Bobby Gumm picked up the trophy for feature trailers for his work on the project, and was another multiple-honoree, also taking top honors for television promo (with Michael Paquette) for “Stranger Things Season 2.”
Kenny Loggins received the GMS’s first Icon Award and delivered a rousing set that got the crowd bopping, while Becky Mancuso-Winding earned the Legacy Award for a career that spanned decades and included music supervision for soundtracks from “Urban Cowboy” to “Footloose” (which had a little help from Loggins). Mancuso-Winding was presented with her award by longtime friend and composer Hans Zimmer, whose first collaboration was “Backdraft.” Ironically, Zimmer had to make the tough call to abandon his home while his neighbor’s house was ablaze to make the Thursday night show.
“Music supervisors are a very important part of the musical process,” Zimmer told Variety before the show. “As composers, they have our backs.”