False ME231 CR: Yes. I had spent the entire year growing it out, of course, which is what always happens. And I kept calling my manager’s office and saying to them, “ Will you call and tell them that, if they’re going to make a wig for me, wink wink, they should probably get my measurements, or something, and start making it now.” Everyone was like, “ No, no, no, it’s going to be fine. They’re not going to do anything weird to your hair.” And then, of course, I got some drawings of what the costumes are going to look like, and there were drawings of what she was going to look like and, of course, it was a short hair- cut bob thing. So I just decided to embrace it and go with it. It was the Wachowskis. It’s Speed Racer. I can always ask for a wig on the second one. [ Laughs] You feel like, if you do it once, then you’re justified in saying, “ Okay, I did it, and I don’t want to anymore.” Q: Matthew, you’ve done three big movies since Lost started. Were you getting those kinds of offers off Party of Five? MF: I’ve definitely gotten better opportunities, or opportunities that I wanted to be a part of from the Lost experience than I did on Party of Five. There were opportunities during that time of my life but I also just really didn’t feel ready to take that on. I really look back on the six years I did on Party of Five as kind of like a graduate school for me. I had a lot to learn and I had a lot to figure out about how to act in film and I really wanted to focus on that. I also always had a feeling that for me, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. That’s the way I always approach this business and I always felt that I needed to get a little bit of life under my belt, that I felt that things would start to happen for me later when I was starting to get into a place where I was playing men, not young men. Then the Lost situation and then suddenly started getting opportunities that I was really attracted to and getting an opportunity to work with directors that I’m very excited to work with, so it’s been incredibly rewarding. It’s been a crazy couple years but it’s been good. and it’s just amazing. It looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before. All the driving stuff is really exciting and thrilling. And then, it has this emotional element that’s actually really quite moving. A lot of guys were crying at the end of the 15 minutes because there’s this real guy sad thing. [ Laughs] But, also, every character in it is a very specific, funny character. Mom is always going to have her apron on, and Sparky is going to always be Chaplin- esque and funny, and Mr. Royalton will always be evil. It’s just fun. Everything about the movie makes it feel like an event movie, so that’s exciting. Q: Matthew, with your movie career taking off, how big a deal is this one? MF: I never do any of these projects as a means to an end. They all are, I fall in love with the idea of being a part of them on an individual basis. I can tell you I am incredibly excited about Speed Racer. It was three and a half months in Berlin that was working with the Wachowskis and a cast that was like a family because we’re playing a family. It was an extraordinarily amazing experience for me. I really, really loved it. The movie is going to be just fantastic. Q: When you live somewhere exotic like Hawaii, do you still get excited about going somewhere like Berlin? MF: It’s amazing how quickly you can lose perspective. I’ve been living in Hawaii for three and a half years now, so Hawaii’s not really paradise anymore, man. Throwing snowballs on a mountaintop is now paradise. So yes, I enjoy getting off the island. It’s a beautiful place and I love it and my kids are very happy there. I think it’s been a very good place for us to be for the past three years. I was excited for a way of getting out of Los Angeles for a while. So it’s been a very welcome change for my family, but I don’t think it’s a place we’re going to stay after Lost is finished. Q: Christina, is your blonde hair for another film, or just a new look? Christina Ricci: For Speed Racer, it was cut into a very extreme bob, and it was black. Then I came home and wanted to grow it out, and felt like I just looked a little too . . . I don’t know. It just made me feel weird. So, I thought putting it back to brown might be better, and I softened it up a little bit because it was a little extreme. Q: Were you nervous at all to cut your hair so short?
False ME232 TAG TEAM By Fred Topel Individually, Steve Carell and Anne Hathway are two of the hottest stars in Hollywood. He’s got TV’s The Office and films like The 40- Year- Old Virgin, and she’s got dramas like Brokeback Mountain and comedies like The Devil Wears Prada. Together, however, they make an unusual pair. 20 years her senior and hardly the fashion icon, Carell plays Maxwell Smart in the new movie remake of the classic TV comedy. Hathaway is the suave and debonair Agent 99, the real brains and brawn of the operation. The action comedy puts both actors in precarious situations, a first for each. “ I never thought in a million years I’d be doing anything like this,” said Carell. “ It’s crazy and just so much fun. I mean, I’m an action guy now so that’s going to be my new career path. I’m going to get really bulked up and just do action movies.” Well, now that Arnold Schwarzenegger is in politics, we need somebody to take his place. “ I think I’ve already taken that mantle,” joked Carell. This is a dramatic shift in Hathaway’s career as well. “ I don’t usually go out there and say, ‘ Okay, now it’s time to do an action role, now it’s time to win an Oscar,’ just because the latter will probably never happen and the former who would have thought it,” she said. “ This one just sort of fell from the sky. I never expected to get it. I just really wanted to meet Steve Carrel which is why I auditioned and you can imagine my shock when I got the role.” A career full of blockbuster movies and hit TV shows still comes as a surprise to the humble Carell too. Just a few years ago, he was a correspondent on The Daily Show, just happy to have steady work. Now he’s cramming several films into the summer breaks from his show. “ I guess the secret is that it’s not that hard but people complain about it a lot,” said Carell. “ Frankly, we show up and we have 100 foot trailer with a bed in it where you can take a nap and you have