09 May 2008Webmiss
SheKnows spoke to “Speed Racer” stars Christina Ricci and Christian Oliver. Both were spellbound by what they had experienced on the set of what is sure to be a blockbuster.
Ricci jumped at the chance to play a comic book movie part. “I had to do it,” she said of the offer to portray Trixie.
â€œâ€˜Speed Racerâ€™ was the most fun ever. Thatâ€™s another example of a great role model for girls,â€ Ricci said. After her turn in â€œPenelope,â€ the actress was ready to tackle a female character who takes action instead of solely watching it.
â€œSheâ€™s smart, sheâ€™s funny and she does all the things the boys do. She fights â€“ I get to Kung Fu fight. She races like Speed Racer. She flies a helicopter,â€ Ricci said. The 20-year acting veteran appreciated Trixieâ€™s feminine traits.
â€œShe has this specific outfit when she flies the helicopter. Her lipstick matches. Sheâ€™s perfect. Sheâ€™s a girl and a woman, but sheâ€™s not treated any differently than the male characters. It was so much fun in that respect. I like being dressed up. I like doing stunts.â€
Ricci arrived on set prepared to tackle the iconic role of Wanda from the legendary anime series “Speed Racer.”
After viewing dozens of episodes she knew she had to cut her gorgeous dark locks if she was going to nail the part. She figured if it was a hit, she’d have a wig for the sequel. She would suffer for her art.
“I show up with this super short bob and they hand me a wig,” Ricci said and laughed. “I’m like, ‘excuse me,’ I cut off all my hair. Don’t you think you could have told me we were using a wig?”
Her experience with the screen of green was also one of joy. â€œThat was hilarious. Weâ€™d be on set and there would be half the helicopter. And the rest is just green. Itâ€™s an ensemble piece, so there are a lot of other actors to just look at and say â€˜what the hell is that?â€™ What scene are we shooting? It made it funny,â€ Ricci said. â€œThe whole time we were walking around thinking the mountains are over there, and that is what? The edge of the cliff, OK, so I shouldnâ€™t be over there. It was just funny. It made it all hilarious.â€
As Ricci sat discussing “Speed Racer,” her excitement was palpable.
“It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. I am so proud to have been a part of this movie,” Ricci said. â€œThere is this emotional element that is quite moving. Guys, yeah guys, were crying at the end of this really sad guy thing,â€ she said and laughs. â€œItâ€™s sad!â€
One actor she treasured his performance was Snake himself. â€œChristian Oliver was just always so evil,â€ Ricci said of her co-star. The veteran of over 25 films believes that â€œSpeed Racerâ€ is different on infinitesimal levels. â€œEverything about the movie makes it feel like an event.â€
Oliver describes the eye candy that the Wachowski brothers have painted. â€œItâ€™s a world without any limits,â€ he said.
Hearing Ricciâ€™s comments about her experience with â€œSpeed Racerâ€ serving as a pinnacle in her career, Oliver is not surprised.
â€œI heard her say that. You could see it with her. It was genuine,â€ Oliver said. â€œMy God, this girl has a resume that I dream of. To see her having the time of her life was a moment. I realized that this is something special. There was a sense of that with everyone who worked on this movie. It was the sense we were working on something truly unique.â€