It’s no secret that The GaysTM love themselves some Judy Garland. Whether it’s because of her famous ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz or her ability to belt out an emotional ballad, Garland is undoubtedly an Gay Icon. In an exclusive clip from the upcoming Garland biopic, Judy, we get a special look at what might be at the core of such a historical, mutual love between the singer and LGBTQ+ people.
Judy drops us into Garland’s life near its end, some 30 years after starring in The Wizard of Oz. Played by Renée Zellweger in what some critics are calling an Oscar-worthy performance, the beloved actress and singer arrives in London to perform sold-out shows at a local nightclub. While there, she reminisces with friends and fans and begins a whirlwind romance with musician Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock), who would become her fifth husband.
Our exclusive, minute-long clip is from a tender moment during this time period between Garland and a gay fan who, along with his husband, attended almost every concert she put on.
“It’s sweet that you come to see me,” Zellweger’s Garland says. “Sometimes I spy the two of you out there. Feels like I have allies.”
“Well we missed you in ‘64 so…” says fan Dan, played by Andy Nyman.
The pair go on to talk about how Dan and his husband could not see her together before because he was jailed for six months for obscenity.
“They’ve changed the laws since then,” Nyman continues. “Turns out we didn’t do anything wrong after all.”
“They hound people in this world, anybody who’s different,” Zellweger’s Garland responds. “They can’t stand it. Well to hell with them.”
Check out the clip below. Judy hits theaters Sept. 27.