MTV had chance to speak with Oscar winner Rachel Weisz about her upcoming roles in Oz: The Great and Powerful and The Bourne Legacy. There’s video of the interview, which you can see below.
In Oz Weisz plays Evanora, the oldest of three witch sisters. Here’s what she had to say about her role and the overall direction of the film:
“It’s absolutely separate from the classic film. Frank L. Baum wrote ten or so volumes of the whole mythology of the Emerald City, Oz, et cetera, so this is the story of how the wizard got there. So it’s pre-Dorothy. It’s really nothing to do with ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in a sense. It’s much, much earlier.
“It’s how the wizard, James Franco, ended up in the Emerald City. In the Emerald City, there live three witches: Glinda—Michelle Williams—who is the good witch, Theodora—Mila Kunis—and myself are sisters. I’m a big sister, and we both are more on the dark side.
“Well, I have a magic power, which is lightning. That was the key.”
On filming her action sequences in Bourne:
“I’ve just been in the Philippines for two months doing stunts, essentially running through the streets of Manila. Basically, in ‘Bourne,’ it turns out that you do your own stunts. You just do all of them, and that’s kind of normal. I didn’t know it was going to be quite as scary as it was, but I feel like more of a man getting through it.”
Having starred in the first two Mummy films (she was smart enough to sit out the third), Weisz is no stranger to shootting action scenes. That being said, The Mummy films relied heavily on CGI. Assuming the makers of The Bourne Legacy are going for the same gritty realism as the previous installments, Weisz would have been required to do most, if not all, of her own stunts.
Bourne hits theatres August 3rd, and Oz opens March 8, 2013.