False ME229 To the Movies! Q: Was this a physically demanding film, or did they just CGI everything? Christina Ricci: No, Speed Racer was the most fun ever. We’d walk on set and there would be half a helicopter, and then the rest of the thing was just green. And, it’s an ensemble piece, so there’s a lot of other actors to look at and just say, “ What the hell is that? What scene are we shooting?” So, it just made it funny. We would just walk around and be like, “ All right, so the mountain’s over there, and what is that? Oh, that’s the edge of the cliff. Okay, well, I shouldn’t be over there.” It was just funny. It made it all really hilarious. And then, towards the end of the day, the green would start to make you feel like you were tripping, so that was also, at times, enjoyable. Matthew Fox: It’s unbelievable what it’s going to look like and how it’s going to transition, how it’s edited. I mean, traditional editing is pretty much just completely blown away here. It’s a whole new movement, transition. My little boy, literally every day asks me, “ When’s this movie coming out?” They Are the Champions By Fred Topel One of this summer’s most hotly anticipated movies is the long- awaited live- action version of Speed Racer. The old anime cartoon enjoys a cult following, but the movie is in your face. The Wachowskis, the directing duo behind the Matrix trilogy, came up with a way to reproduce the anime style with real actors. They shot the film on green screen stages so they could design all the locations in the computer and add all the effects they want. Speed Racer has a hot cast too. Emile Hirsch ( Into the Wild) plays Speed, with Christina Ricci as his girlfriend Trixie and Lost’s Matthew Fox as the mysterious Racer X. We caught up with Fox and Ricci, who now sports a dirty blonde coif, after they wrapped the film.
False ME230 CR: My sister and I have two insecurities, which are pretty funny. You know how everyone has something? They’ll be like, “ I’m worried that I look too . . .,” and it’s always the same thing that they’re worried about. Whenever we go out, me and my sister always ask each other, “ Do I look butch?” and “ Do I look crazy?” [ Laughs] Those are the two things we’re both terrified of. We’re terrified that we look crazy, and then on other days that we look like boys. Q: Were you fans of Speed Racer? MF: I didn’t know Speed Racer at all. When the Wachowskis asked to meet with me, I guess they’re fans of Lost and they had an idea that I might be Racer X, and I went into the meeting never knowing anything about Speed Racer. I wanted to work with the Wachowskis. That meeting went great and I went home with a script, and I got the source material and watched a lot of Speed Racer, and the script blew me away and then I went after that role. I went back to L. A. and I really went after that role, I wanted it, and it took like six weeks. Working with the Wachowskis and the cast on this particular film, and what this film is going to be like, how much it’s a game- changer in my opinion, was an extraordinary experience, it was amazing. Q: Now that you know, does the film look anything like the old cartoon? MF: Oh yeah, they love the original source material. They grew up on it and they were huge fans, so there will be much homage paid to that. There are many, many things that will be in the movie; but then, they’re also creating an entire new world that only exists in the world of Speed Racer. CR: We saw 15 minutes of it. The brothers showed us 15 minutes, Q: How old is he? MF: Six, and he saw the trailer and I showed him the trailer and he asked me to play it over and over again until I just had to say, “ I’m not going to play it again.” He would’ve asked me to play it 50 times. And he came to the set in Berlin and he saw me in the Racer X and I watched on set and he turned to my wife and he goes, “ I want to be Racer X for Halloween next year.” Q: Tell us about your characters? MF: Certainly my character, Racer X is the sort of darkness of mystery. He’s this masked crusader. I just had so much fun with it. It’s just awesome. A big part of your job, particularly on a cartoon being turned into this whole world, is that you spend all of your time trying to figure out what that world that they’re creating in their two heads is, and you’re trying to crawl in that and you’re trying to bring that image of X, and that’s what I was doing, X, and this guy and this voice and this presence and this silhouette and find that guy within the backdrop of what they’re doing, which was just amazing. It was a really, really great experience. CR: [ Trixie]’ s a great role model character for girls because she’s smart, she’s funny and she does all the things the boys do. She kung fu fights, she drives a car, she races and she flies a helicopter, but she has a specific outfit that she wears when she flies the helicopter, and her lipstick always matches something she’s wearing. She gets to be everything. She’s celebrated as a girl and a woman, but she’s also not treated any differently than the male characters are. So, it was so much fun, in that respect. I like being dressed up and I like doing stunts. Q: Since you’re a role model for girls, what were your biggest insecurities growing up?