Ansel Elgort made a rare public appearance to show support for his father Arthur Elgort, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daily Front Row’s 2021 Fashion Media Awards. This is the actor’s first public appearance in more than a year and a half. Ansel Elgort was accompanied by his mother, Grethe Barrett Holby, a theater producer, director and choreographer. The last public event for Ansel Elgort was the 2020 Golden Globes on January 5.
Last night’s appearance is also his first since he was accused of assault by a Twitter user named Gabby, in June 2020. Elgort immediately denied the allegations in a statement shared on his Instagram account. After the scandal, he deleted all social media accounts. No charges have ever been filed against Elgort.
If he’s back in the spotlight, things will soon shine bright on him as his upcoming and highly anticipated Steven Spielberg musical West Side Story will open Dec 10. The cast includes Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James. Best Supporting Actress winner Rita Moreno returns as Valentina.
In 2019, Elgort shared that making the film was “magical”, explaining: “It was a dream to work with the best people in the business. We have a lot of fun and push ourselves. It was really great.” He praised Spielberg’s fresh take on the classic, based on Williams Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. “There’s dancing and singing and the music is the same, but otherwise it’s a total revival and it’s all from Steven’s vision,” Elgort said. “He knows how to make great movies and has been a big fan of movie musicals all his life. I can’t wait to see how he puts it all together.”
Spielberg’s adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two street gangs from different ethnic backgrounds. “This story is not just a product of its time, but that time has returned, and it has returned with a kind of social fury,” Spielberg explains. “I really wanted to tell that Puerto Rican, Nuyorican experience of migrating to this country and the struggle to make a living, and to have children, and to fight the obstacles of xenophobia and racial prejudice.”
“West Side Story is one of my favorite Broadway musicals and one of the greatest pieces of music literature, my God, one of the best scores and some of the best lyrics ever written for a musical.” Spielberg has had a passion for the musical from an early age. had .“West Side Story” was actually the first piece of popular music our family was ever allowed to have in the house,” he explained. “I left with it—this was the cast album of the 1957 Broadway musical—and fell completely in love with it as a kid. West Side Story has been that one haunting temptation to which I finally gave in.” See Spielberg’s passion project in theaters on December 10.
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