March 07, 2010

Michael Sheen Kept Laughing While Filming 'Alice In Wonderland'

The British actor plays the White Rabbit in the fantastical new movie directed by Tim Burton. Since much of the film relies on computer wizardry, the cast had to act in front of a green screen - often alone – before other characters were added in digitally later.
"In some ways it's easy, it's more like being a kid - when you're playing with your friends you don't spend six months researching before saying 'I'm a pirate!' The power of belief and your imagination takes over,” Sheen explained to the BBC. “My favourite thing is when the actors have to react to some monster, it's just some bloke with a long stick and a cross on the end so everyone knows what to look at.
"I love the fact it's so low-tech in the middle of this big film."
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Mia Wasikowska also appear in the movie, which is based on the classic children’s book by Lewis Carroll. Depp plays the Mad Hatter and did a significant amount of research to prepare for the role. He drew inspiration for his character after discovering hat makers were often affected by a nervous system disorder known as Hatters’ Disease. "They used this very toxic substance to glue the hats together and they ended up heavily poisoned," he explained. "This poison would manifest in different ways, some with a tourettes-like syndrome, some were personality disorders, some were even darker and weird.
"My approach to the character was just the idea of trying to go from extreme sides of the personality.”


Can Kristen Stewart us 'The Runaways' to become a serious actress ?

Only one week after her "Twilight" co-star Robert Pattinson will attempt to show off his more serious acting chops in "Remember Me," Kristen Stewart will also stray from the world of vampires with "The Runaways."

In the film, which comes out March 19, Stewart plays Joan Jett while Dakota Fanning plays Cherie Currie, two founding members of the influential all-girl '70's band the Runaways. As my colleague Chris Lee wrote before the movie premiered at Sundance in January, the movie is based on the real-life band, who "between the years 1975 and '79 ... packed shows from coast to coast, toured the world and racked up hits before self-immolating in a blaze of drugs, jealousies and in-fighting."

Judging by the newly released trailer, which is narrated by Fanning's character, the movie feels almost like a grittier "Almost Famous." Currie, with her blond feathered hair, comes off as impressionable and wide-eyed, following Jett's bad-girl lead into the world of rock n' roll. Both are dressed in awesome '70s garb: studded leather jackets, hot pink lipstick and high-waisted jeans.

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