Rachel Weisz, who stars as the evil witch Evanora in the new Disney film "Oz the Great and Powerful," was feeling a little wicked herself at the film's Los Angeles premiere.
The actress, clad in a bright red Victoria Beckham dress and smoldering eye shadow, expressed delight on playing the role of a villain.
"I hope that you're going to love to hate me," Weisz told OTRC.com on the red carpet, which had been transformed into a yellow brick road for the occasion. "That would be my hope. I play a very, very, very bad girl. So hopefully, you'll hate me."
Weisz, who is famous for her damsel-in-distress part as Evy in "The Mummy" and her Oscar-winning role as a murdered humanitarian in "The Constant Gardener," described her most recent role as "pure, pure, evil," in a recent interview with OTRC.com after the premiere.
"Well, she gets to pretend to be lots of things," Weisz told OTRC.com. "Actually, all she is, is just bad. She is just pure, pure, evil, bad person. But, in order to get what she wants, she pretends to be sweet, or submissive, or, you know, loving towards her sister. Or she just lies. She just lies about everything to get what she wants, which is the throne."
"Oz the Great and Powerful" is a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," the 1939 classic starring Judy Garland. Directed by Sam Raimi, the new film reimagines the fantastical Land of Oz through the eyes of a young Wizard of Oz, played by James Franco. Weisz, whose part of Evanora is based on the Wicked Witch of the East from the original Frank L. Baum novel, plays one of his foes.
The film also features Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Abigail Spencer and "Evil Dead" actor Bruce Campbell, who has often worked with Raimi.
Although her part may be frightening, Weisz assured OTRC.com after the premiere that "Oz the Great and Powerful" is safe for children, and adults, of all ages.
"I think it is wonderful for kids," said Weisz. "And it makes grownups feel like a kid again."
Check out the trailer for 'Oz the Great and Powerful," which hit theaters on Friday, March 8.
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