Christopher Plummer hears 'The Sound of Music' again on 'Oprah'
As the 45th-anniversary celebration of the much-loved movie musical "The Sound of Music" approaches, the veteran actor and recent Oscar nominee (as author Leo Tolstoy in "The Last Station") already has participated in related events ... including the taping of a cast reunion for the syndicated "Oprah Winfrey Show" scheduled to air Friday, Oct. 29.
"I liked Oprah enormously," Plummer tells Zap2it, "and it was nice to see all the kids again. It was very nicely done, not overly mawkish or sentimental. And Julie ( Andrews, who played nun-in-training turned governess Maria to Plummer's Captain Von Trapp) is a friend, and I adore her, of course. It was lovely to see her again."
A "sing-along" version of "The Sound of Music" will be in theaters nationwide on two upcoming Tuesdays, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. Then, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment issues a new edition of the film on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Florence Henderson and partner Corky Ballas danced to "Edelweiss" from the Rodgers & Hammerstein score Monday (Oct. 4) on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," which comes as news to Plummer. "I don't watch that," he says.
Plummer also has strong ties to another film favorite: the 1980 romantic drama "Somewhere in Time," in which he starred with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. The movie is commemorated each year at a festival in Mackinac Island, Mich., where it was made.
Though he's always invited, Plummer never has attended. "I always am busy, for some awful reason," he reflects, "but also, it's so far. I think it's the farthest place on Earth to reach, very difficult to get to. You practically have to go by dog sled, canoe, plane and train. It's endless. Once you're there, it's great. It's just the getting there."
Plummer narrates the Turner Classic Movies miniseries "Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood," which begins a weekly, seven-part run Monday, Nov. 1. He's also heading for Sweden to film director David Fincher's ( "The Social Network") remake of Stieg Larsson's best seller "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.
"I must say that the script is extremely loyal to the book," Plummer reports, "probably more than I understand the Swedish [movie] version was, and I was thrilled to see that. Those books are riveting; you cannot put them down once you're into them. I've just read all three in two days each. I was totally socially inept for one week."
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