Oz the Great and Powerful opens in theaters in Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D March 8!
Australian Sunday Telegraph Magazine talked with Mila about Oz, acting, Sydney, Hollywood and more… Read a
“Sydney – if you can get rid of that whole problem – is spectacular to me. The feel, the people, the weird Victorian architecture within the city to what feels like the Amalfi coast outside it – it’s all beautiful. We… I walked around the city for hours. I think I did 10 or 20 miles a day; I went everywhere. I loved it all. Aside from those testing problems… I’m definitely going back one day. I loved it until the second it was taken away from me. And then I was like, ‘F**k you!’ Up to that point, the fact you can walk through little neighbourhoods I call ‘Baby Venice Beaches’, that are like awesome hipster towns, was amazing. I loved how self-contained all these different areas are with butchers, hairdressers, bars and restaurants, and that you can have a long walk on the beach, then take an art walk into the city. It’s beautiful.”
“Theodora’s the teenager of the group and very naïve; she’ll throw a tantrum if she doesn’t get what she wants. She’s learning to deal with her emotions and, ultimately, she gets her heart broken. “It’s based on the original book, the one written before The Wizard of Oz, and it’s so interesting because it explains where the characters came from and how they ended up in Oz.”
About The Wizard of Oz
“Everyone loves it, so no pressure! I have wonderful memories of the original. I remember watching it as a kid. It was so visually stunning and breathtaking. And, prior to that, it was the first full-length book I ever read in English – I came to America when I was seven-and-a-half, and it was my first big-girl book.”
About her parents
“They’re the most driven, hardworking human beings I’ve met in my life, and they’ve only just retired, like a year ago. That’s definitely where I get my work ethic from. I think it’s an Eastern European thing.”
About her possible acting break
“Yes, you’re right. I’m stopping. Where are we now, 2013? I’m stopping in 2014. I’m going to take a little break. Don’t get the wrong idea; I’m actually OK, I just need to learn time-management skills. But, you know, I don’t want to turn down the good jobs. It’s OK to say you don’t want to work, but then a good script comes in and you think to yourself, I can’t pass this up.”
About separating her personal and professional lives
“I do take a conscious effort to step back and acknowledge where I’m at, and at least appreciate it. I often think to myself, this is great for what it is, but now it’s time to move on. You have to be present and stay in the moment or you get completely caught up, and miss so many things. I’ve been doing this for 20 years – I know, crazy – but it’s my career, and while I love what I do, it’s showbiz. It’s grand and it’s wonderful, but it’s not real life. Even though people think it is real life.”
About “Hollywood stay skinny” trend
“You know, I stay fit, but I dieted for Black Swan. I think it’s OK to do that for the part, but not just for being an actor. Actors [in Hollywood] starve themselves to play the normal girl – which, for me, is an issue. If someone’s playing a sick person then it’s OK for them to diet for the part. But to diet just to play the love interest or the girl next door, that’s absolutely not OK. You shouldn’t starve yourself; you should be able to live your life. Of course, it helps to stay fit when you have to turn up on set and pretend to fly – a skill she had to pick up for her role in Oz: The Great and Powerful. “You can’t be out of shape. You have to learn to stabilise yourself on wires, or in the flying bubble or whatever, so you don’t look like you’re on wires. You need strength. And you shouldn’t do it if you’re scared of heights.”
About acting against a green screen
“Zach Braff, who plays the monkey, would show up, act everything out in a blue suit and walk away, then James and I would act against nothing. But I did this movie after Ted, so I was used to doing scenes with a character who didn’t exist,” she says. “We were lucky because the sets for Oz were tangible, so we had those worlds.”
First set of Instyle scans surfaced online and our ladies looks ah-mazing. Photographed by Michelangelo Di Battista.
Magazine Scans from 2013 > Instyle US (March 2013)
Japan has fallen hard for Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy teddy bear.
On Friday — seven months after it first launched in theaters — Universal’s R-rated comedy Ted
jumped the $300 million mark at the international box office, bringing the film’s worldwide total to $519.3 million.
The $300 million milestone was reached thanks to Japan, Ted’s final market.
Ted, directed by MacFarlane and starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, has topped the Japanese box office for two weeks in a row, earning $15.5 million to become the top grossing R-rated comedy of all time in that country.
Even before its debut in Japan, Ted was the second top grossing R-rated comedy in history behind The Hangover Part II ($581.5 million). Internationally, Ted isn’t far behind the $327 million earned overseas by the Hangover sequel.
Mila features in the 2013 Vanities Pin-Up Calendar. Her beautiful photo is used for November 2013, taken by M. Rolston in 2008. Take a look!
Magazine Scans from 2013 > Vanity Fair (March 2013)
Total Film chatted with
“I think The Wizard of Oz is such a great film and I would never attempt to [remake that]. You could call [Oz] a prequel, that would be accurate – but I didn’t have to re-invent any of that fantastic history.”
“James had to be someone who was selfish and he learns to be less so through the power of love. I’ve had experiences with James over 10 years of making the Spider-Man movies and I saw him as a kid when he thought he knew it all. Over the years I saw him grow and give, so I knew that if he could recognise that about himself and dramatise it, he had what it took to play this story of a selfish man who learns to become a selfless man.”
“She’s very innocent in the story at first, and Mila could really play that. She’s got a good innocent quality about her, but the wizard breaks her heart, and she finds a terrible anger within her and strikes back. Mila also has that. In Black Swan I saw this twisted darkness in her and I thought, ‘I need that for this role’.”
“She really does have a very good soul, and I think she needed that. When the camera gets in really close the audience knows whether the person has a good soul or not.”
“I needed someone who’s not just a pretty woman, but someone who you believed had the power to rule a city. Rachel Weisz has that – she can pull upon something inside her that makes me believe that part of her.”
“I hope we’ve created a movie that’s going to be great for the whole family. I hope a mother and father believe they can bring their kids to see it and feel like there’s something in it for the parents and the kids, a great adventure that’s fun and feels like real escapism. I hope it’s totally immersive, like you’ve been to a world you’ve never seen before.”
“Well I never know at this stage. This movie would have to be well received, financially successful, Disney would want to have to do it, then there would have to be a great story. The odds are probably against all those things happening, but you never know.”
The February issue of Singaporean movie magazine F*** (cool name ) is featured by a huge 14-pages spread of
She’s good. I think my character is innately good, someone who’s constantly fighting the evil within her. But I do think that she desperately tries to be good.
Well, what’s a witch? In fantasy land, does every girl fly? No. But does every girl battle good and evil? Well, sure. I think every person does – every man, woman and child. But I don’t know if everybody can fly and have magical powers. That’ll be awesome (laughs)
I think that’s pretty universal topic. There’s nothing specific but sometimes I don’t wanna get out of bed and I wanna watch TV, but I have to go to work. Anything and everything, I think.
I read it years ago when it was in a very different state, with different people involved. Only because I was such a fan of Oz I just wanted to get my hands on the script and read it for fun. And then when it came to the (point that) Sam Raimi (was) directing this movie I was like ‘what?’. They were like, ‘Sam would like to meet you, would you like to read the script?’ and I went ‘Yeah!’, not thinking for two seconds if I was ever going to be in it, purely for entertainment value – it was like reading a book for me. So I read it, I loved it and there was Sam, we had a four-hour long conversation about everything from sisters (I don’t have a sister but the whole thing is like a sisters’ battle) and female relationships among women and men, just life and everything. You know, it was like ‘I met a great person, I read a fun script’ and that was it. Two weeks later, I get a call from James: ‘Hey, are you going to do this movie?’ and I was saying ‘I don´t know, it wasn’t offered to me’ and an hour later Sam called us and said ‘Would you want to be part of this movie?’. I was laughing like ‘Yeah, okay’. (laughs)
Oz: The Great and Powerful > Official Posters