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Jennifer Lopez is West Side Story's Anita

Jennifer Lopez is West Side Story's Anita

Jennifer Lopez portrays defiant Latina immigrant Anita and helps re-create scenes from the beloved 1961 film version of West Side Story.

The 39-year-old singer/actress watched the film “37 times” as a kid growing up in the Bronx. Says Lopez, “I never wanted to be that wimpy Maria, who sits around pining for her guy. I wanted to be Anita, who danced her way to the top.”

West Side Story is currently playing on Broadway. Tickets available now!

In semi-related news, Jennifer was/is rumored to be involved in the big screen adaptation of the Broadway hit In The Heights.

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46 Comments

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# 1

She’s gorgeous! And Rodrigo Santoro looks good enough to eat in this picture with J.Lo!

I’m so proud of him, since I’m brazilian too! He’s so talented, I hope people give him more chances!

# 2

If it does well on Broadway, I hope they release another “Westside Story” with her in it.

# 3

I love Anita! She was my favorite.

# 4
LolaSvelt @ 03/17/2009 at 3:49 pm

Oh dear. These pictures are horrible!

# 5

Lovely !!

<–haters to the left

# 6

They should do a remake of ‘West Side Story’ using the photoshot’s cast! It’d be awesome!

Rodrigo looks sexy!!

# 7

that poor dress! having to support that big old bum. they always have to photoshop it to make it look better.
and there’s no way she’s 39. are you telling me they couldn’t find a younger better looking latina to be the young anita?

# 8

Now this is more like it!!

Jlo does justice to the shoot unlike camila who looked like she was waiting to catch a bus…..jlo makes it real!! ……

fyi….when Rita Moreno…did anita she was no spring chicken herself. and Jlo does not look 39……as a matter of fact she makes the whole thing credidable…..while camila does not do justice to Natile woods.

# 9

Jennifer? Hell NO!!!! Rodrigo? HELL YEAH!!

it is so sad that they always ruin the image of talented people by replacing them with the untaleted ones, eg. j low. please tell her to just go have babies and stop embarassing herself. she was, is and always will be a has been. the only reason she got famous was because she was shoved up our asses 24/7. look at salma hayek and penelope cruze. now they are true talent, one nominated for oscar and the other one an oscar winner. stop trying so hard j low. get over yourself. and man talk about photoshop.

camilla belle is in the first pic? i knew that was her!

jlo has not been looking good…
she has lost it imo, at least she still has some ass, altho im not really an ass guy, more a *** guy so i dont even care

So stupid @ 03/17/2009 at 6:09 pm

Why would she watch a movie that many times that is so racists against PuertoRicans. The police and the whites hated and fought the Puertoricans and the police where against them.

No thanks. No one wants to look at her big fat azz.

OK now this is more like it. She may surprise everyone and really bring it. You need to to play Anita. The only thing annoying about Jen is her voice. OY!!

At first, I thought It was Angelina Jolie! hmmm

I think she’ll be very good in that part.

She's fat @ 03/17/2009 at 6:34 pm

If you thought this obese maid looks like the Angel Jolie, you are not only blind but crazy as well. JLO couldn’t touch the Angel in her wildest dreams.

sometimes classics are not meant to be remade. please don’t remake west side story. pretty please.

Wow, I hope it’s true because I can definitely see Jlo in the Anita role. All the haters are going to come out in droves especially the ones from Univision.

Mrs. Garner @ 03/17/2009 at 7:00 pm

If I wanted to see a fat P.R. waltzing around singing I would ask my housekeeper to sing. I certainly wouldn’t pay money for it.

She looks great.
Agree with comment #20.

she looks like a ghetto chola.

Wow she looks georgeous and pretty fit.

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