Helena Bonham Carter spent months convincing her partner Tim Burton to cast her in SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET - and even took singing lessons to persuade him.
The Harry Potter actress played Mrs. Lovett alongside Johnny Depp in the 2007 movie, but has blasted reports she only won the role simply because of her relationship with director Burton.
But she insists Burton put her through a gruelling casting process and spent three months auditioning other actresses - while she took singing lessons.
She says, "That was tough. He auditioned other people. He finally said, 'I think you can sing this part'." I call him Big Chief, Little Patience because he had zero patience with me. I had to get everything in one take.
"Tim's name for me was Little Squall, Running Mouth, meaning I talk too much. He definitely thinks I should have been in a silent movie because I talk too much."