Why is Reese Witherspoon making apologies to Taylor Swift and Katy Perry? Witherspoon, the Oscar-winning actress of Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama fame, recently said she was sorry to pop megastar and Kanye West nemesis Taylor Swift and the “I Kissed a Girl” chanteuse and former contemporary Christian music singer Katy Perry. Did Reese do something wrong to the “Blank Space” video vixen and the “Roar” hitmaker?
As covered by E! News, Reese Witherspoon’s apology to Taylor Swift and Katy Perry was born less of any “Blood Blood” acrimony and more from Reese’s good-humored, “Shake It Off”-style witticism concerning her voice role in the upcoming animated film Sing. Reportedly, Reese Witherspoon belts out Taylor’s aforementioned 1989 lead single and Katy’s million-selling, No. 1 hit “Firework” in the musical comedy movie out this December.
Reese Witherspoon’s singing talent was previously proven when she played June Carter Cash in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line. Assuming the role of Cash’s longtime wife and famed Carter Family songstress for the award-winning flick, Reese performed all of her own vocals for the movie’s soundtrack. Why does Witherspoon now feel the need to apologize to Katy Perry and Taylor Swift for covering their songs in the forthcoming film?
Reportedly, Witherspoon’s jocular apology to Mses. Perry and Swift was prompted by the hard work required for Reese’s own “Shake It Off” and “Firework” vocal takes in Sing. In the movie, Witherspoon voices a singing pig who enters a talent competition. As quoted over at E! News, Reese personally told both Katy and Taylor not to grade her too harshly on her cover versions of each superstar’s chart-topping hit songs.
“I saw them and said, ‘Please don’t hold it against me because I did the best I could.’ I was like, ‘I have really a lot of respect for how hard you girls work.’”
As confirmed by Hollywood Life, there is no real feud among Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry. Witherspoon simply felt the need to make known that she did her best in adapting Taylor Swift’s biggest Hot 100 hit and the inspirational Teenage Dream song by Perry for the big screen Sing. The 3D computer-animated Sing, which also stars Matthew McConaughey, Seth MacFarlane, and Scarlett Johansson, opens in theaters on Dec. 21.
Reese, a mother of three with current husband Jim Toth and former spouse Ryan Phillippe, plays the porky progenitor of 25 piglets in Sing. The upcoming movie, written and directed by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy‘s Garth Jennings, is said to contain more than 85 classic songs from other famous performers — Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Swift’s “Shake It Off” a duo of contemporary hits among the batch. An original composition by Ariana Grande and Stevie Wonder called “Faith” is also slated to appear on the Sing soundtrack.
It is yet to be seen how moviegoers will respond to Reese Witherspoon singing Taylor’s Swift’s “Shake It Off” in Sing. Reese Witherspoon can certainly sing, but does she possess the pipes to properly carry the hit Taylor Swift tune? It was reported that the actress spent six months learning to vocalize with co-star Joaquin Phoenix for Walk the Line. She seems to have put in the work to pull off her singing performances for this film, as well.
Are you a fan of Reese Witherspoon’s singing? Do you think the actress has what it takes to deliver on Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and Katy Perry’s “Firework”? Have you ever attempted your own versions of any Taylor or Katy songs? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below.
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