Blunt goes faux-diva when working to channel Janis Joplin for her big Lip Sync Battle number

By Drew Mackie
Updated April 08, 2015 11:10 PM
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How do you take on someone who has Les Mis under her belt? With the right pair of Janis Joplin sunglasses, of course.

In this preview of the epic showdown between Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway on Lip Sync Battle, Blunt, 32, pulls out all the stops. The video shows the Into the Woods star going into faux-diva mode as she searches for the right sunglasses to complete her Janis Joplin look for her big number.

Also a part of Blunt’s strategy? Improving mouth mobility by saying Benedict Cumberbatch‘s name repeatedly in her dressing room – and plenty of snarky asides about her competition.

“I’ve been screaming at everybody pretty much all day, because I don’t want a voice,” she jokes in the video. “And I guarantee that Anne Hathaway is in full voice right now. You can’t use that here. Thanks, anyway.

Blunt also scoffs about her former Devil Wears Prada costar’s overly secretive creative process. “Finally she called me and said ‘Okay, listen, I’m doing Beethoven’s 5th,’ ” Blunt says. “And I went, ‘There aren’t any words in that.’ And she just hung up.”

She even resorts to outright threats. “I’m going to pick up your feet and mop you,” she tells Hathaway, 32, backstage.

Blunt will have to try especially hard to top Hathaway’s take on Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” a preview of which hit the web earlier this week. But all this build-up is worth it to see Blunt in full Joplin drag taking the stage in the final moments of the video.

Lip Sync Battle airs Thursdays (10 p.m. ET) on Spike.

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