Stephen Frears' actor ignorance

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Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast in the feature-film adaptation of the beloved musical. As an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna (Streep) is about to let go of engaged daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried). For Sophie's wedding, the proud mother has invited her two lifelong best friends from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. Yet unbeknownst to Donna, Sophie has secretly invited a few guests of her own. Hoping to find the identity of her father so that he can walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna's past. Also starring Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper.
September 14th, 2010

Stephen Frears had never seen Gemma Arterton's or Dominic Cooper's previous work prior to casting them in 'Tamara Drewe'.

The 'Queen' director admits he had little what either of them had previously worked on, but was told they would both be good options for leading roles in the film.

He said: "I know this sounds ridiculous but I didn't know that Dominic had been in 'Mamma Mia!', nobody told me. I was even more innocent than you imagine. The casting director said he wanted Dominic Cooper, so I thought fine.

"The truth is, to this day, that I've never seen Gemma in anything, I think I might have seen a few minutes of 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' and my wife said she was very, very good."

The British filmmaker also confessed filming the project led him to learn a lot about the countryside.

He told Movies.ie: "I thought it was funny and sexy, but the truth is after a time you start to realise how complex things are. One of the unconscious things might well have been to do with Dorset. I've learnt a lot about the countryside, so I'm sure that was all going on in my unconscious in some way."