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Michelle Williams is coming up…she is a talented actress but her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe may be her best yet and Michelle will take on another legendary role as ‘Glinda’ the Good Witch in Sam Raimiâ€™s â€œWizard of Oz,â€ called “Oz: The Great & Powerful.”
So how did she prep for the role,
Williamsâ€™ latest role as Glinda the Good Witch in Sam Raimiâ€™s â€œWizard of Oz,â€ however, required far less prep work, the actress said. For starters, she was much more familiar with the source material.
â€œIâ€™ve already watched the â€˜Wizard of Ozâ€™ a lot, because itâ€™s one of my daughterâ€™s favorites,â€ Williams said during a recent trip to Los Angeles to discuss â€œMy Week With Marilyn,â€ which opens here Wednesday. â€œBut Sam didnâ€™t want to be bound to Glinda of old, anyway. He wanted a fresh take on it.â€
Raimiâ€™s â€œOz: The Great & Powerfulâ€ centers on a Kansas con man (James Franco) who seeks fame and fortune in Oz. That plan is quickly derailed when he arrives in the mysterious land and encounters three witches (Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis).
Williams said she was attracted to playing an earlier incarnation of Glinda, one who is still discovering the true extent of her powers.
â€œIn the â€˜Wizard of Ozâ€™ film we all know and love, sheâ€™s omniscient and doesnâ€™t have a lot of human qualities,â€ the 31-year-old explained. â€œSheâ€™s not fully realized in that way — sheâ€™s not a dimensional person. Thatâ€™s where she ends up, and my Glinda is where sheâ€™s starting out.â€
Williams has been juggling her promotional responsibilities for â€œMarilynâ€ while shooting â€œOz.” At the AFI Fest premiere of the film in Hollywood this month, she walked the red carpet and then hopped back on a plane to â€œOzâ€™sâ€ Michigan set for a 4 a.m. call time.
She said the sleep deprivation has been worth it, in part because of the positive effect the shooting experience had had on 6-year-old daughter Matilda, Williams’ child with the late Heath Ledger.
â€œItâ€™s been such an amazing move for us as a family. Itâ€™s a really happy place to go to work and a happy place for her to come visit,â€ Williams said. â€œOften — the â€˜Marilynâ€™ sets and the â€˜Blue Valentineâ€™ sets — they arenâ€™t really ideal places for children. She can still come visit, but she canâ€™t really get comfortable and hang out for a while. This really integrates my life and my work in a great way.”
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