Expensive Evan Hansen opened in theaters nationwide Sept. 24. The film musical stars Ben Platt in the title function, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, and extra. It’s a uncommon instance of an actor who originated the function on Broadway starring in the movie adaptation. And Platt included particular items of his Expensive Evan Hansen Broadway costume into his Expensive Evan Hansen film costume.
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Platt originated the function of Evan Hansen when the musical was in its earliest phases. The present, created by The Best Showman and La La Land‘s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, opened on Broadway in 2016. And after having created the role, starred in out-of-town productions, and opened the show on Broadway, Platt won a Tony for his performance in 2017. He was 23 years old at the time. And he’s nonetheless the youngest actor to win a Tony for a lead function in a musical solo. (A trio of youngsters who all performed Billy Elliot in the stage manufacturing gained collectively in 2009.)
Platt left Expensive Evan Hansen on Broadway in Fall 2017. He’s gone on to star in Netflix’s The Politician and launch solo music. And at age 27, he returned for the Expensive Evan Hansen film. Platt’s age whereas filming was a degree of rivalry for viewers when the first trailer got here out. Many felt he appeared too outdated to be enjoying a 17-year-old. However director Stephen Chbosky stated the function of Evan wasn’t going to go to anybody else.
“Having heard the soundtrack and knowing what it was, understanding his connection to it from the very first workshop, it was him or nothing,” Chbosky informed The Hollywood Reporter.
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Ben Platt’s ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ costume
Platt opened as much as Elite Daily about how he acquired again into character after a number of years away from the Broadway present. Music helped so much. He additionally modified his hair and bodily look. However carrying a few of the identical costume items he wore on Broadway helped him actually step again into Evan’s sneakers. Platt stated:
“In terms of the physical aspect, I lost some weight and shaved my face and grew out my hair — a few things to feel separate from myself and more like how I saw Evan in my mind. There were certain playlists, in terms of the emotional space that Evan lives in, that I would listen to before shooting to get in the same mind space. I wore my New Balance shoes that I wore in the stage production in the film in almost every scene, because there was something about those particular shoes, and the feeling of wearing those shoes, that is obviously very synonymous with Evan for me. That helped me transport back to that place.”
Platt didn’t should work onerous to get these New Balances again — he acquired to maintain them when he left Expensive Evan Hansen on Broadway. He retains them in the identical place the place he shops memorabilia from different tasks, like Broadway’s The E-book of Mormon — his first Broadway present.
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Ben Platt’s unique Evan Hansen polo is in the film
Platt additionally held onto Evan’s blue polo, and he wore it in the film. (He wears it in the film’s opening quantity, “Waving Through a Window.”) Expensive Evan Hansen‘s costume designer, Sekinah Brown, was grateful he stored these objects as a result of it made her job a bit of bit simpler.
Brown informed Variety:
“Ben brought the original clothes because he said those bring him good juju. They had perfectly aged for the film. That polo was so important because people dress up every Halloween in it. [As a costume designer] I was so grateful because that shirt is no longer around.”
Expensive Evan Hansen is now in theaters.