Rachel Weisz tapped into 'own bad girl' for Oz role

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A prequel to L. Frank Baum's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and the 1939 film adaptation, this 2013 3D fantasy adventure follows Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, as he's whisked away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking.
January 7th, 2013

Rachel Weisz tapped into her ''own bad girl'' to inspire her 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' role.

The 42-year-old actress stars as the ''really evil'' Wicked Witch of the East in the forthcoming 'Wizard of Oz' prequel and the brunette beauty loved starring as the ''pathological liar'' because the character is so different to her regular alter-egos.

She said: ''I didn't do any research at all for this film - I just tapped into my own bad girl.

''I'm as bad as the next person, but that's the thing about real life - we have to control ourselves.

''The fun thing about being an actor is that you get to be a kid again and children can be quite mean to each other, and that's what it's like being an actor.

''It was a fun idea to be playing someone who is really, really bad. I can't think of any roles that I've had like that before.

''My character is more than mean, she's really evil. She is a pathological liar, she's a narcissist, an egomaniac and a megalomaniac.

''She's really, really a bad person and she revels in being bad.''

While Rachel loved portraying the Wicked Witch, she faced a grueling schedule to shoot the fantasy adventure movie around action film 'The Bourne Legacy' - in which she starred opposite Jeremy Renner - and the motion picture's bosses even re-arranged filming times to enable her to do both projects.

She added to The Sun newspaper: ''I was going between the two, so I did two months on 'Oz', two months on 'Bourne', a month on 'Oz', a month on 'Bourne'. It was very schizophrenic because they are very different genres.

''I had agreed to do 'Bourne', and then I read the 'Oz' script and I was like, 'Wow, I really love this wicked witch' and they managed to make it work for me to do both films.''