Comic-Con 2012: 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Cast Talks About Bringing Back the Beloved Fairytale (Video)
Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Sam Raimi and Joe Roth spoke to THR about the prequel, which Raimi called a film following the "growth of a character from somebody that is somewhat selfish to selfless."
One of the movies garnering the most buzz at Comic-Con this year is Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful. It doesn’t hit theaters until March 2013, but fans got a brief look at some footage from the film during Disney’s panel on Thursday.
Right after the panel, director Sam Raimi, actresses Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams and producer Joe Roth spoke to The Hollwood Reporter first in THR’s exclusive video lounge.
Roth said the footage was well received by the crowd of thousands. Kunis said she was surprised she didn’t see more people in Oz-themed costumes in the crowd.
"I wish they were a little crazier, to be honest," Kunis told THR. "All things considered, we got one mad hatter, and some blue ladies."
The film, which is a prequel to the events of the famous Wizard of Oz film, stars James Franco as Oz, and Williams as the famous good witch Glinda, and Kunis as a less-good witch, Theodora.
When THR asked what Williams and Kunis enjoyed about their roles, Williams said it was simple for her. "I just enjoyed being a delight to all little girls," she told THR.
"I can't say the same about my character," said Kunis with a laugh. "What did I enjoy? I think the idea of being able to understand a character that I grew up loving so much, and truly ground her in a way that makes her seem real."
When THR asked Kunis and Williams if they could describe a scene that was very memorable to them, Kunis pointed to her work with Williams. "We didn't have very many scenes, and there's one scene in particular in Glinda's castle that I think was really fun," she said.
Director Raimi told THR that he hope audiences get to experience "a love story and a growth of a character from somebody that is somewhat selfish to selfless" when they watch Oz.
"I hope they feel exhilarated by the goodness in Michelle's performance and the wickedness in certain others performances and they feel like they have been on a real, grand richly detailed fairytale," he added.
Kunis also shared a freaky fan interaction she had at Comic-Con a few years ago, while promoting the film Extract. It turns out the studio had created a promotional event involving women dressing up as her character in the film.
"It was the one time I ventured out downstairs, and there were like six women dressed up as me from Extract," she said. "That was probably hands down the weirdest strangest experience in my life."
THR couldn't help but ask if Sam Raimi, who directed the Tobey Maguire-starring Spider-Man trilogy if he had seen the new Amazing Spider-Man film, starring Andrew Garfield and directed by Marc Webb.
"I havent seen it yet, but I hear it's great," he said to THR. "I really want to see it because it's in 3D and our film is also in 3D so I want to see what the director and the team did with it."
Watch THR's complete interview above. Watch all of THR's Comic-Con interviews here.
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