Ann-Margret got 27 stitches while working on The Who’s ‘Tommy’

The Who’s Tommy is one of the most famous classic rock musicals of all time. It is also one of the most famous Ann-Margret films. However, a scene from Tommy took its toll. Therefore she had to take 27 stitches during the filming.

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How Ann-Margret thought of working with the infamous director of The Whos “Tommy”

Ann-Margret is perhaps best known for her work on two light, frothy musicals from the 1960s: Bye Bye Birdie and Viva Las Vegas. In the 1970s, however, she appeared in Tommy, a darker musical based on The Who concept album of the same name. In the film, Ann-Margret plays Nora, the mother of the title character.

Speaking to Interview Magazine, Ann-Margret said she worked hard on the film, sometimes seven days a week. In addition, she learned all the songs on the album to make the film – even reading sheet music. She found director Ken Russell very nice and normal, despite all the bad things she’d heard about him.

Ken Russell, the director of The Who's Tommy, with white backgroundKen Russell | Francis DEMANGE / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

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Why Ann-Margret was covered in blood during a scene

Although she enjoyed working with Russell, she struggled with a scene with beans. “In that scene, I just go crazy and punch my way through these bubbles and then all of a sudden I run into something,” she revealed. “They took away all the glass and props, but forgot the glass in the TV. So I hit that with a thud, and then I see pink appear in the soap bubbles, resulting in 27 stitches.

“Then the lycra catsuit I was wearing shrank and I had all that blood on me,” she added. “My hair is wet, my mascara is running… They threw a blanket over me and took me to the hospital. The doctor didn’t speak much English – we were in a hospital in a London industrial area – and just looked at me like I was mad. I had to be back on set the next day, but they just filmed me with my arm under a desk so they couldn’t see the seams. ”During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ann-Margret said she was still enjoying it had to make the film and said it was nothing else in their filmography.

A trailer for Tommy

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How the world reacted to “Tommy” from The Who

While Ann-Margret struggled with some difficulty directing Tommy, the film was a resounding success. It made over $ 34 million and stayed in theaters for 146 weeks, according to Box Office Mojo. In addition, the film was a minor critical success. At Rotten Tomatoes, it got a 77% rating. Alongside Pink Floyd – The Wall and The Who’s own Quadraphonia, it remains one of the most famous films based on an album – even if Ann-Margret suffered while filming a scene.

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