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There’s a surprise fad that has taken over 2013: magic. First James Franco pulled some on-stage trickery in Oz The Great And Powerful. Then we saw Steve Carell and Jim Carrey battle old school vs. new school in the comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Hell, even this past weekend we got to see Will Arnett return as ridiculously horrible magician Gob Bluth in the new season of Arrested Development. That rush of illusion and mystery continues this weekend in the new adventure thriller Now You See Me.
Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Isla Fisher star in the film as The Four Horsemen, the a team of comprised of some of the most talented magicians in the entire world. The twist to their act, however, is that they use their skills in sleight of hand and mental manipulation to rob from the rich and give to the poor. In order to stop them, an FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) and an Interpol detective (Mélanie Laurent) team up to try and find the truth behind the group’s magic, but can they succeed before the final show on the tour?
A couple weeks ago I had the chance to fly down to New Orleans, Louisiana, one of the movie’s settings, to talk about the project with its stars. Watch my video interviews below in which Eisenberg talks about the inherent arrogance in magic; Fisher reveals the real danger she found herself in while performing an underwater trick; Franco chats about maintaining the ability to throw cards; Ruffalo discusses the morality play within the story; and Harrelson pulls a bit of mentalism on me.
Now You See Me hits theaters this Friday, May 31st.