Olivia Wilde Dreams Big On The Set Of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-03-02 19:56:47discussion comments
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What would you say is the defining characteristic of your character?

Sheís very smart, and sheís confident, and yet sheís a secret magician. She doesnít reveal that sheís a magician in her own right until very late in the game. Iím not sure. Sheís quietly brilliant [laughs]. On her best days. Sheís a little bit crippled by insecurity.

What is her connection like with Jim Carrey? I know that you end up leaving Steve Carellís character for him.

Yes, but not by her choice. In the end the work of many magicianís assistants is that itís a job like any other. She needs it to survive. She needs a gig and she wants so work in the world of magic. So she is forced to find herself working for this very unsettling type of magician who has a very different style than she does. Sheís put into some really odd situations with him and she kind of sadly goes along with it. I mean, out of necessity. But she is kind of unhappy to do so. Like wearing that red suit.

How was that tight luchador costume?

Itís so funny. We were at Universal City Walk and I didnít think that anybody was going to take a picture. We had it locked down pretty well and then I saw the photo and was like, ďWow.Ē Then I thought, ďTheyíre not going to know itís me.Ē Then they sort of did know it was me. It was a costume that I didnít want to get out until the movie, because it does have to be seen in context. Although hey, if it makes people curious thatís good too. Itís pretty funny, that costume. Itís an example of the position that Steve Grey, which is Jim Carreyís character, puts me in. And how Jane, my character, really learns she has to go on a journey and stick up for herself Ė and finally gets to the point where she gets to design her own costume. Thatís a great moment for her.

Whatís it like working with Jim Carrey? Whatís your personal connection to him been like?

Heís wonderful! Itís sort of surreal to be eating lunch next to Jim Carrey at [craft services] and then go shoot a scene with him. Heís a comedy god Ė all of these guys are. But really, Jim Carrey I grew up watching closely. Ace Ventura blew my mind. Fire Marshall Bill was a huge part of my childhood! To be with him and witness the process is such an extraordinary thing. I mean, he is a perfectionist. He is so incredibly physical, and in control of his physical comedy. Itís like watching a dancer. Itís amazing. Heís always at 100%. He has incredibly high standards for himself and itís wonderful to watch him reach them. Heís a real interesting person too. We both share a passion for Haiti. Heís done a lot of great, interesting work down there. Itís amazing. I remember I sat down at the table read, and I suddenly realized that to my left was Jim Carrey and to my right was Steve Carell. Then thereís Steve Buscemi, Alan Arkin, James GandolfiniÖ I was thinking, ďThey must mean a different Olivia WildeĒ [laughs]. I couldnít believe it was happening and I took a picture secretly of our names on our little cards. I just couldnít believe that I got to hang out with them. Iíve really learned something every day and taken advantage of that opportunity. Specifically with Jim, it does blow my mind of think of all the movies that are important to me. I think Iíve seen Dumb and Dumber 47 times at least. Now to be able to watch what it takes to reach those heights with all these peopleÖ Comedy is fun to make, but itís taken as seriously as drama. Of course, you know all this, talking to people much more experienced than I am. Iím learning that in a really wonderful way and Iím hoping that this isnít the last time that I get to do that.
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