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OTRC: Isla Fisher, 'Rango's iguana, 'choosier' about film roles

Isla Fisher talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com at the premiere of her animated movie, 'Rango.' (OTRC)

Isla Fisher, who provides the voice of an iguana in "Rango," says she is "choosier" about her film roles nowadays because she's a mother and adds she is "so lucky" to be in the same movie as Johnny Depp.

In the computer-animated film, which was released on Friday, March 4, Depp provides the voice of Rango, a pet chameleon who lives in a terrarium and aspires to be a swashbuckling hero. He suddenly finds himself in a Western town full of bandits and when he accidentally kills a giant eagle, the town elects him sheriff and he is forced to become a real hero.

"I definitely am choosier now that I'm a mother because anything I do takes me away from the kids," Fisher, 35, told OnTheRedCarpet.com about her film roles. "For me, it was more about working with Gore Verbinski, he's a filmmaker who's always interested me from way back in the 'The Weatherman' days. And obviously, Johnny Depp is someone who's incredibly talented and I felt so lucky to be cast opposite him."

While in most animated films, the actors record their lines in a sound booth and don't interact much with the other actors, working on "Rango" marked a different experience for the actors.

"We filmed this in a very different way, we filmed this like it was a play or a live-action movie," Fisher said. "We got to react off of each other and wear props and carry fake guns and it was so much fun. I think so much of acting is re-acting and thankfully, we weren't just in a sound booth alone."

Fisher grew up in Australia with four brothers and her Scottish parents. She married British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen of "Borat" and "Bruno" fame on March 15, 2010, after being engaged for nearly six years. The couple has two children, Olive, 3, and another daughter whose name has yet to be revealed, who was born last summer.

In the past few years, Fisher starred in the 2009 romantic comedy movie "Confessions of a Shopaholic," which was deemed a flop by most leading movie critics, and in the independent film "Burke and Hare." She also played a sexually-enthusiastic woman in the hit 2005 movie "Wedding Crashers," which starred Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

the movie is under fire for portraying some of the animal bandits smoking cigarettes, the website The Wrap reported. The organization Smoke Free Movies, which seeks to eliminate the use of tobacco products in motion pictures, has asked in recent ads: "How many studio execs did it take to OK smoking in a 'PG' movie? What was Paramount thinking?"

The studio has said in response that "The images of smoking in the film, which primarily involves the animals, are portrayed by supporting characters and are not intended to be celebrated or emulated. Rango is never depicted as smoking."

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