Australian actress Teresa Palmer has been generating a lot of buzz in Hollywood for sometime now due in large part to her attachment to two high profile projects that she ended up not participating in. She first gained the attention of fan-boys everywhere when director George Miller cast her as the evil Talia al Ghul, daughter of Batman villain Ra's al Ghul, in the unmade film, Justice League Of America based on the popular DC Comics' book. While ultimately that film did not get made, it did put the actress on the map and she next gained attention when rumors began to fly that Miller had cast her in his upcoming forth chapter of the popular Mad Max series, entitled Fury Road. But in an interview that we conducted last month, the actress confessed that she had to back out of that project due to scheduling conflicts with the Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg produced film I Am Number Four, which she will appear in early next year.
Now, fans finally have a chance to see the actress shine on the silver screen in the new live-action Disney film The Sorcerer's Apprentice, opening on July 14th staring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel, which is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on the popular scene from the classic animated film, Fantasia. In the film, Baruchel plays David, a goofy College kid who unknowingly is the heir to Merlin the magician's legacy and must train with fellow sorcerer Balthazar (Cage) in order stop the evil Horvath (Alfred Molina) from destroying the world. Palmer plays Becky, the girl that David has had a crush on since grade school and the person who gives him the courage and strength to go on his magical quest. We recently had a chance to speak with Teresa Palmer about the new film, her character's pivotal role, working with Baruchel, Nic Cage's obsession with Merlin and her interest in returning for a possible sequel. Here is what the beautiful young actress had to say:
To begin with, you mentioned in an earlier interview that you feel like your character, Becky, is the key to David (Jay Baruchel) unleashing his potential as a sorcerer, can you talk about that idea and how it helped you in the course of making the film?
Teresa Palmer: I really believe that Becky's the trigger for Dave in terms of him finding his confidence and embracing the sorcerer within. I think that moment on top of the Empire State Building is very integral for him and his relationship with the world of magic. She says, "Look you're different. I recognize these wonderful things about you and that makes you special." That gives him a boost of confidence to hear that from the woman that he loves and he steps up to the plate. From that moment on he becomes a powerful sorcerer and he can do anything really that he puts his mind to.
Jay Baruchel is really having the year of his life between this film, "How To Train Your Dragon" and "She's Out Of My League," what was it like working with him and his unique improvisational style on this film, since you share almost all your scenes with him?
Teresa Palmer: You know it was really eye opening and incredibly inspiring to watch someone work in that way. He is a very brave actor, he tries a lot of different things and he is not scared to make a fool of himself. He's happy to go totally off book, to improvise and add-lib. As someone acting opposite of him it really forces you to be on point and bring you're A-game. You have to be open and ready to improvise along with him. It made it fun and it made the scenes feel very organic and natural. I can't say anything bad about working with him at all. He's really an awesome person.
We've been told that a large catalyst for this movie being made was Nicolas Cage's love of magic and all things related to Merlin. Did he talk a lot about his passion for the mystic arts while on set?
Teresa Palmer: He definitely did go into the history of Merlin and mythology (with us). You can tell that he's just obsessed with that sort of stuff. He is an eccentric character and he has lots of different interests in that world. It was very exciting for him to play a sorcerer. He produced the movie as well and it was his idea to enter into this world and make a film for predominately kids that is about magic and the boundless possibilities that that brings.
The film is partly inspired by the famous Mickey Mouse scene from the classic Disney animated movie "Fantasia," so what did you think of all the nods to that movie that director Jon Turteltaub was able to fit into this film?
Teresa Palmer: I loved it. I didn't realize that they were going to try to do the shadow on the wall with Jay's hood in the iconic scene with the mops and the brooms, when everything's dancing and coming alive. Then I noticed that he kept the hood on, then a light came on him and it sort of cast that shadow up on the wall. I loved that and it definitely felt very nostalgic, especially when the music started. It brought me back to my four-year old self when I was watching Fantasia for the first time.
Finally, if "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" does really well, would you be interested in returning for a sequel? Is this a film that you could see turning into a franchise and if so, is that something that you would like to be a part of?
Teresa Palmer: Absolutely, I would love to explore the character of Becky again especially where she ended up in the movie, joining the boys on this incredible journey of magic. In fact, her world has be turned upside down and now it's like ... she gets to enter into this unknown lifestyle of sorcery and I just wonder what that means for her character in the second film. I'm not sure what direction they will go in because they could go in any direction but at the very end of the credits there is an additional scene, which I think is a nod to the next The Sorcerer's Apprentice. So fingers crossed that audiences will love the movie, embrace it and go and see it so we cam make a second film.