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article imageJulia Roberts is a total witch in 'Mirror Mirror' Special

By Earl Dittman     Jul 4, 2012 in Entertainment
Best known as "America's Sweetheart" for her string of successful romantic comedies, Julia Roberts decided to shift artistic gears to star as an evil Queen in 'Mirror Mirror' (on Blu-ray/DVD) -- a comic retelling of centuries-old Snow White fairytale.
Although Julia Roberts took home her Best Actress Academy Award for the dramatic, true life biopic, Erin Brockovich, she'll always be considered by both Tinsel Town movers & shakers and the movie-going public as "America's Sweetheart" -- thanks, in large part, to her roles in such box office rom-com hits as Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Notting Hill and My Best Friend's Wedding. But recently, the 44-year-old, married (to Danny Molder since 2003), mother of three young children wanted to make a film that her kids, as well as adults, could enjoy. "We've have a pretty strict policy about what kind of TV or movies our kids can watch," the Georgia-born beauty reveals. "We are pretty much book people. But, I know that I want to be able for all of us to be able to sit down together and be able to watch one of my movies -- before they turn 18. I thought this one would be a good one to start with."
Tarsem Singh directs Julia Roberts on the set of  Mirror Mirror
Tarsem Singh directs Julia Roberts on the set of 'Mirror Mirror'
Fox
One of the most beloved stories of all time, Mirror Mirror, (now on Blu-ray and DVD) is a fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend. Directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall), Mirror Mirror features breakout star Lily Collins (The Blind Side) as Snow White, a princess in exile, and Oscar-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance and betrayal that captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over. Additionally, Mirror Mirror is filled with hilarious performances by Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the Prince and Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen.
With so many prior cinematic incarnations of the particularly dark Snow White fairytale having already hit sceens (beginning with the advent of silent movies), filmmaker Tarsem Singh admits he wasn't initially sure he was the right guy to take on the precarious task in trying to do a funny and bright remake of Snow White with Mirror Mirror. "You know, the line between homage and lawsuit is very thin," Singh jokingly admits. "When I was first approached with the project, they just had Snow White, and looked at it, and I just thought, 'Do I have a take on it, and one that is funny enough?' My take tends to be visual, but in this particular case it wasn’t before. Once, I laid that out, and I realized they wanted to make the same movie and not an edgy one, but a family-friendly film, I was on board."
The Queen (Roberts) with Snow White (Lily Collins)
The Queen (Roberts) with Snow White (Lily Collins)
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According to Roberts, when she discovered Tarsem was going to helm Mirror Mirror, she was also ready to commit. "I am such a fan of Tarsem, and when I heard that it was his movie, his interpretation, I thought, 'Okay, well that’s it -- I’d love to meet him, and I thought, 'If I have to go and sit in here and talk about Snow White for an hour and then just, you know, talk about other things, then that’s what we’ll do,'" Roberts, who was once married to musician Lyle Lovett, recalls. "Luckily, he had such a great take on it, and he has such a vibrant personality. And, then I read the script that he had, and I was really taken, really surprised, and, and suddenly thought, 'Oh, wait a minute. This is all kind of coming together in this unexpected way,' and off we went from there."
This past March, nestled within the confines of a lavish, oceanfront hotel suite in Santa Monica, Julia Roberts sat down to discuss the making of Mirror Mirror, what it was like working in the ornate costumes, reveals if she had to dig inside herself to find enough evil within to play the mean Queen, she laughingly admits to the meanest thing she's ever done and Julia explains how she keeps her skin remaining so smooth and beautiful and why she always wants to hear the truth.
Julia Roberts on Mirror Mirror:
Julia Roberts as the evil Queen in  Mirror Mirror
Julia Roberts as the evil Queen in 'Mirror Mirror'
Fox
Julia, how many of your films have been compared to modern-day fairytales? Have you always wanted to do a traditional fairytale?
"No, and nor did I have any interest in this one really until, you know, Tarsem lured me in his luring way, and looking at the script and realizing that there was really something here, but just the one sentence pitch of it on the phone. 'Hey they’re doing a Snow White adaptation.' That didn’t grab my attention."
Many actors say that it’s fun to play the villain? Do you agree with this, and if so, why?
"Well, it was fun to play this villain because there aren’t any real rules of syntax or reality that apply to her, so I could kind of do anything and just go off the rails in any direction at any time, and it would make sense to me, and so in that regard it was a lot of fun. You don’t have to worry too much about the reality of would a person really do this."
Julia Roberts as the evil Queen
Julia Roberts as the evil Queen
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I’m wondering if you had to look for the evil queen inside you?
"Well, I’m happy to announce she is not inside me, but without naming names, you know, I drew from a couple of people I know better than I wish I did, and found it very fun and helpful."
You’re so mean in this movie, and I was wondering what is the most evil thing you’ve ever done?
"Lie to the press, but it was only one time." (laughs)
Director Tarsem Singh on the set of  Mirror Mirror  with Roberts  Collins and Nathan Lane
Director Tarsem Singh on the set of 'Mirror Mirror' with Roberts, Collins and Nathan Lane
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What was it like wearing those ornate costumes? Were they comfortable? Were they uncomfortable? How did you feel?
"Well, they’re, they’re stunning, and I think that they really are such an integral part of…it’s the same as having these amazing sets, being in these kinds of clothes. They were completely original and authentic to what we were trying to accomplish, and as Tarsem would say, 'You know, in these great, huge spaces we needed to fill them in every way, and physically really dominate these spaces,' so they had to be quite architectural, and in that not terribly cozy, but that’s not really the point."
Are you going to let your kids see this film or are they still too young?
"As I mentioned, we have a pretty ridged viewing feeling in our house, you know, we’re more book people in our house. So, I mean, we’ll find our time that’ll be happy and joyous for us to share that all together, but it probably isn’t in two weeks."
Lily Collins as Snow White
Lily Collins as Snow White
Fox
Charlize Theron, of course, stars in Snow White and the Huntsman a much darker version of the Snow White tale, so I’m wondering if you could take her on, and if you did, who would win the dual?
"I’ve never met her, so I couldn’t even begin to size her up for your entertainment right now."
What’s your favorite fairytale, and with that I want to ask if you have introduced your kids to any kind of fairytales already at home, besides the ridged viewing program you've instituted?
"Well, they have a lot of fairytale books, you know, they have such great illustrations in some of the old ones, and with proper parental editing when reading, they’re quite lovely before bed. So, what was the first part of your question?"
Do you have a favorite one?
"Oh, I guess that’s why I forgot it, because I don’t really. I mean, I keep making it up, but it’s really all just a lie, and now I feel bad because I don’t want to tell anymore, because I just told the one." (laughs)
A fairytale comes to life with  Mirror Mirror
A fairytale comes to life with 'Mirror Mirror'
Fox
It’s always been intriguing to me that people who work in movies and television have such a strict policy for their children watching any form of media. I was wondering if you would offer some insight into that phenomenon for me?
"I don’t think I can offer insight. Just my thoughts of how we consider it in our home, which is just that, you know, those nice, cozy, very short hours before bed we just really spend together as a family talking and sharing the day and reading books, and really before you know it, it is time for bed. So, I mean, part of it is there’s just not time for that. We would prefer something different in that time during the week, and they do get to watch...I love movies. Obviously, I love a great deal of television. I was raised on television, but for us, we just feel there’s a real time and a place for it certainly. I don’t think it’s that mysterious really, and it’s nice that it opens up other options, you know, stories and poetry and talking and sharing ideas."
When you were first establishing yourself in Hollywood, did you ever find yourself on the receiving end of any evil queen-type treatment from actresses who still saw themselves as the fairest in the land?
"Yes, but I wouldn’t limit it to just actresses, but I did. I mean, it’s…yeah, which is, you know, if people feel good about really kind of participating in that way and things, those are good lessons too to learn how you never, ever, ever want to behave to another person. So, there’s that value."
The Prince (Armie Hammer) with Snow White (Lily Collins)
The Prince (Armie Hammer) with Snow White (Lily Collins)
Fox
Can you please talk about working Armie Hammer?
"Who? (laughs) He’s good on the chin, that one, because you just look way up. He’s so big. He’s gone off to another movie now, so I don’t think we should give him too much attention, but he is -- he’s so wonderful. He’s a lovely guy, and he really brought a very clever dimension I thought to Prince Charming, because he really could’ve just stood there and just talked and it would’ve terrific, and he wanted to really be clever about it and put a lot of consideration into it, and I thought he made some great choices, and he’s really professional. Didn’t you think? I mean, he always had some little clever thing that he was, you know, bringing to it, and it made it very entertaining to watch that whole thing unfold."
The Queen has quite unusual beauty for someone so evil. Do you have anything to say that you do to take care of your skin?
"I don’t. I use a lot of Lancôme, and that seems to be working."
The Queen (Roberts) and The Prince (Hammer)
The Queen (Roberts) and The Prince (Hammer)
Fox
This film sort of deals with beauty, getting married and staying young. You’ve gone on record that you don’t believe in stuff like that. So, what type of diet and exercise do you use to stay Julia Roberts?
"I don’t have to do anything and I’ll stay Julia Roberts. So, that’s cool Superman."
I was going to ask you about the reflection. The evil Queen has a reflection that’s kind of like her inner conscience telling her what’s really going on. I’m just wondering, for you, who do you really sound off against to kind of give you an honest answer as opposed to the answer you want to hear? Who’s the one that you trust that’ll tell you the truth rather than just what you might want to hear?
"Well, I always want to hear the truth, whatever it is, you know. That’s just full stop, and I’ve always felt that way, and I have an amazing family and a great group of friends, and that’s what I expect from them and rely on, and I think they do the same for me, and it’s also what I look for in a great working relationship, you know, people that will be honest and will be very plain-speaking and not beat around the bush. Just say this is what we need and this is what works and this is what doesn’t, and you know, that’s the best of life right there."
Snow White (Collins) confronts The Queen (Roberts)
Snow White (Collins) confronts The Queen (Roberts)
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Looking backward 75 years, family audiences have always had a version of Snow White to identify with. I’m wondering how hard it is to unring the bell, because in your case, the Evil Queen is a classic villain character, and Lily (Collins) relayed so much posture in the way she holds her hands -- those are things that little girls have imitated for generations. So, how do you unring the bell? How can you forget about that classic version or Snow White and the Huntsman?
"Well, I don’t think it’s about unringing that bell, it’s just about changing the tone of it or just giving a different relationship to it. I don’t look particularly good in very big purple eye shadow and a Dracula collar, really, so we wanted to go a different route there, but I think people like variations on things, obviously, and it’s, it’s funny when everybody makes such a big deal of there being two Snow White films, as though there had never been two movies with similar topics ever kind of coming up at the same time.
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When I think of movies really as Noah’s Ark. They do come two by two, the Capotes and the Snow Whites, and it’s kind of just how it happened. So, I think energetically, we all get wrapped up in each other’s space, so it doesn’t seem surprising or upsetting to me."
Mirror Mirror Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; "Looking Through The Mirror"; "I Believe I Can Dance" and Mirror Mirror Storybook "Prince And Puppies." ON THE NET: For Clips and trailers, visit iTunes at http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/mirrormirror or head to YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgbH05rQx1s and Yahoo! at http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/mirror-mirror-2012/trailers
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Paramount
Barbarella
Who can perform a zero-gravity striptease, seduce an angel and still have time to save the universe? Sexy, sultry, space adventurer Barbarella, that’s who! Coming in for a landing on Blu-ray for the first time ever, the terrifically titillating sci-fi romp Barbarella continues to entertain with its outrageous, out-of-this-world story and brazen sexuality. Jane Fonda stars as the titular heroine who lands on the planet Lythion in the year 40,000. She is sent on a mission by the president of Earth to find Duran Duran, a scientist who has disappeared with an all-powerful weapon. Faced with robots, monsters and evil of varying stripes, she must vanquish her enemies, all while attempting -- and failing -- to keep her skin-tight spacesuit on. Along the way she receives assistance from a variety of handsome men, each of whom receives her uninhibited appreciation. Directed by Roger Vadim (Fonda’s ex-husband), Barbarella is a kind of sexual Alice in Wonderland of the future and the film is replete with psychedelic set designs, far-out characters and an outrageously entertaining story set amongst the stars. Bonus Feature: The theatrical trailer in high definition. ON THE NET: Enjoy the original Barbarella trailer at www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uwNEnh9uaM
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Universal
Born on the Fourth of July
Tom Cruise delivers a riveting and unforgettable portrayal of Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone's Academy Award-winning masterpiece Born On The Fourth Of July. Based on a true story, the acclaimed film follows the young Kovic from a zealous teen who eagerly volunteers for the Vietnam War, to an embittered veteran paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Deeply in love with his country, Kovic returned to an environment vastly different from the one he left, and struggled before emerging as a brave new voice for the disenchanted. The film features a stunning cast that also includes Willem Dafoe, Frank Whaley, Kyra Sedgwick, Caroline Kava, Raymond J. Barry and Jerry Levine. Bonus Features: "From The NBC News Archives - Backstory: Born On The Fourth Of July"; Feature Commentary With Director Oliver Stone; 100 Years Of Universal: Academy Award Winners and 100 Years Of Universal: The '80s. ON THE NET: For the official trailer, go to http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/born-on-the-fourth-of-july/
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Buena Vista
The Horse Whisperer
Relive every heartwarming moment of The Horse Whisperer, presented for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring new digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound. Academy Award-winner Robert Redford (Best Director, Ordinary People), Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (Best Actress, The English Patient), Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Dianne Wiest (I Am Sam), and Chris Cooper (The Muppets) star in a landmark motion picture for the entire family. After a devastating riding accident, a young girl and her beloved horse are left with serious physical and emotional scars. When her mother calls on the “Horse Whisperer” to help, she meets a rugged rancher who not only has an extraordinary gift with animals, but also an ability to enrich the lives of people around him. Bonus Features: Production featurette; Robert Redford featurette; Buck Brannaman featurette and a Music Video. ON THE NET: For trailers and cast info, head to http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/the-horse-whisperer/
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Buena Vista
Phenomenon
Some things in life just can't be explained. Experience director: Jon Turteltaub's critically-acclaimed film, Phenomenon – featuring an incredible new digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound. Academy Award-nominee John Travolta (Best Actor, Pulp Fiction) leads a stellar cast, including Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) and Jeffrey DeMunn (Shawshank Redemption), in this uplifting story of an ordinary man transformed by extraordinary events. On the night of his 37th birthday, George Malley (Travolta) is knocked to the ground by a mysterious, blinding light and develops amazing mental abilities. With his newfound knowledge, George astounds everyone in town, but comes to realize that his wondrous experience has changed him and all those around him forever. ON THE NET: View the movie trailer, get cast and crew information, see movie photos, and more at www.movies.com/phenomenon/m11688/
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Buena Vista
Under The Tuscan Sun
Fall in love with the inspiring romantic comedy starring Academy Award-nominee Diane Lane (Best Actress, Unfaithful) for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring an all-new digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound. Based on the Number One New York Times best-selling book, Under The Tuscan Sun, the film follows San Francisco writer Frances Mayes (Lane) on a ten-day trip to Tuscany. Once there, she is captivated by the beautiful Italian countryside, and impulsively buys an aging, but charming villa. Fully embracing new friends and local color, Frances finds herself immersed in a life-changing adventure filled with enough unexpected surprises, laughter, and romance to restore her new home – and her belief in second chances. Under The Tuscan Sun also stars Diane Lane (Secretariat), Raoul Bova (The Tourist), Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Lindsay Duncan (Alice in Wonderland) and Vincent Riotta (The Dark Knight). Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; “Tuscany 101” and Audio Commentary with Director Audrey Wells. ON THE NET: Read the Under the Tuscan Sun movie synopsis, view the movie trailer, get cast and crew information, see movie photos, and more at www.movies.com/under-tuscan-sun/m8149
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Buena Vista
Step Up
Get into the dynamic dancing and awesome music of Step Up – looking slick with an all-new digital restoration, enhanced picture and sounding hotter than ever with enhanced sound. Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) sizzles as Tyler Gage, a streetwise hunk with a reckless streak, in this exhilarating movie about never giving up on your dreams. When Tyler is sentenced to do community service at a school for the performing arts, he wants nothing to do with their world -- until he meets a beautiful dancer who gives him a chance and helps him discover his astonishing pure talent. Featuring the incredible music of Yung Joc, Sean Paul, Chris Brown, Kelis, Mario and Ciara, Step Up explodes in High Definition. In addition to Channing Tatum, Step Up also stars Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Take The Lead), Rachel Griffiths (Hilary and Jackie), R&B singer Mario (Freedom Writers) and Damaine Radcliff (Glory Road). Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; Bloopers; "Making the Moves"; Music Videos for "Get Up" (Ciara featuring Chamillionaire), "(When You Gonna) Give It Up To Me" (Seann Paul featuring Keyshia Cole), "Say Goodbye" (Chris Brown) and "Step Up" by Samantha Jade; Audio Commentary With Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Director/Choreographer Anne Fletcher. ON THE NET: For trailers, photos and cast info, click to http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/step-up
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