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The country legend gave his stamp of approval on the casting choice, however.
‘Gladiator’ was one of his favorite movies, and he thought the actor would do a fine job.
Much hype was made of how Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon performed all the songs themselves, but the actor admitted after the film was released that he wasn’t certain that was the way to go until one week before shooting.
Both went through rigorous vocal training with a band and T-Bone Burnett.
She was initially hesitant, she recalls: “I’d just had a baby and was taking care of this little infant and you know how your brain is confused right after you’ve had a baby?For those unfamiliar with the movie's plot, the story kickstarts when Doc's ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston), comes to him looking for help.