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I think there's something scary about being offered a role. What if I mess it up? ; Film extra Aussie actress Isla Fisher has gone global and, as...

July 6, 2013


I think there's something scary about being offered a role. What if I mess it up? ; Film extra Aussie actress Isla Fisher has gone global and, as Susan Griffin discovers, she has the jetlag to prove it

sla Fisher is apologetic. She's jetlagged to the point of delirium.

II've got a little vertigo, a little anxiety, explains the Australian actress, who has jetted in from Los Angeles, where she lives with husband Sacha Baron Cohen and their two daughters.

On the third day of jetlag, everything usually makes me really sad and I want to cry all the time, she explains.

She may be weary, but Fisher proves entertaining company, laughing at her own foibles and happy to talk about most subjects - bar her husband.

She will go as far as acknowledge the Freddie Mercury biopic he is attached to. I know there's a new script in but I haven't read the draft, she says, but that's it. As she explains in a friendly but firm manner: I don't really talk about my personal life.

Fisher, 37, is here to promote her new movie, Now You See Me, in which she stars alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco.

They play magicians, billed as the Four Horsemen, brought together by a mysterious figure to pull off incredible heists and reward their audiences with millions of dollars.

I got offered the movie through Bobby Cohen, a producer I worked with on (2008 romcom) Definitely, Maybe, says Fisher.

Normally when I get offered things, they're not um, um... Challenging? Stimulating? Great, she says laughing. Urgh, that sounds so bad. But usually, all the jobs you really want, you have to fight for - and beg people to consider you.

This was one of the projects I would have fought for. It's such a quick, taut read and the action was so slick - it's a fun heist- action thriller.

In preparation to play Henley, an escape artist, Fisher studied the life and work of illusionist Dorothy Dietrich.

There's something about magic that's beguiling and exciting. It taps into something childlike, she says.

A child actor, Fisher appeared as troubled teen Shannon in Australian soap Home And Away, before her breakout role in 2005's blockbuster comedy Wedding Crashers, opposite Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.

She has since starred in Confessions Of A Shopaholic, animated comedy Rango, with Johnny Depp, and most recently, Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby, with Leonardo DiCaprio.

To outsiders, her illustrious co-stars would suggest she had made it, but she shakes her head.

All that happens is that you go into a different category with better competition, she says. In a way, the good thing about fighting for a role and auditioning is that you find out whether or not you can really, truly play a character.

I think there's something scary about being offered something. You think, 'What if I mess it up?' Now You See Me is Fisher's first action movie and she would like to do more. Although I'm not sure I have the physical abilities to be an action heroine, she grins.

I am a bit of a tomboy, but I injured myself twice on the movie. There was a hysterical moment where I was running in heels and had to jump over this wall. I landed on my knee and ripped the skin off.

A girl comes in wearing identical clothes and my wig, I mean, not my wig, and then she does the stunt.

This was towards the end of filming, when it dawned on the actress she could have asked for her double at any point.

The second I worked that out I was like, 'Damn!' says Fisher, who had already suffered for her art while filming one of Henley's stunts in a water tank.

It wasn't that dramatic, but I'm going with it because I'm promoting a movie, she laughs. I couldn't breathe for a few minutes as my chain got caught. All I kept thinking was, 'I'm going to be on the autopsy table bloated in a sequin leotard. It's so unfair!' ? .M: Now You See Me is out now.

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