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Kathleen Turner has been a part of many classic films over the course of her career, starring in movies like the sexy thriller Body Heat and the fun adventure Romancing The Stone, but it's weirdly a voice role that will ultimately be her most lasting legacy. In 1988, the actress lent her sultry voice to the character of Jessica Rabbit in Robert Zemeckis' Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and according to Turner, it's images of her animated counterpart that she is asked to autograph more often than images of herself.
With Dumb and Dumber To in theaters this weekend, Kathleen Turner recently sat down for an interview with Playboy Magazine, and during the conversation the actress revealed that when signing autographs for fans, more often than not she is presented with an image of an impossibly curvacious, redheaded songstress who has a thing for cartoon bunnies. While talking about the classic movie, Turner said,
"I sign more Jessica Rabbit photos than mine, almost. I'm not kidding. Isn't that crazy?"
Rather than being upset that one of her most memorable roles is a voice-only performance instead of live-action, Turner actually still has an immense appreciation for the craft that went into making that movie. In fact, while she admits that she doesn't particularly care for watching her own movies - noting that she doesn't have to watch because she "did it" - but still has a deep appreciation for what Robert Zemeckis did with Who Frame Roger Rabbit. She told the magazine,
"Well, I'll tell you the thing that knocks me out about Roger Rabbit, is the technique. God, they hand-painted those frames. It will never be done again. That's a piece of art itself."
It's likely that is the very reason why Kathleen Turner is asked to sign more images of Jessica Rabbit than of herself: the movie is just that good. When it was first released, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was beloved by both critics and audiences, and by the end of its worldwide run it made an impressive $329 million - immediately stapling itself as a part of pop culture simply for being a feature that actually features Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny in the same scene. It's the kind of film that will be passed on from generation to generation, which means that Jessica Rabbit and Kathleen Turner's performance will likely continue being the actress' most memorable role for years and years into the future.
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