Olivia Wilde and Michael Sheen Talk Tron: Legacy
07.06.10 by Ryan
News for director Joseph Kosinski's long awaited sequel Tron: Legacy was in a lull until recent interviews with actors Olivia Wilde and Michael Sheen. The sequel to 1982's Tron sees Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner return to an updated version of the Tron mythology, with Garrett Hedlund playing Sam Flynn, the son of Bridges' character, who also gets launched onto the game grid. The character Wilde is playing is a bit of a mystery, but she described the role as best she could to ComingSoon.
I play Quorra. I'm a close confidant of Jeff Bridges' character Flynn. Close, personal confidant. I don't think it will give anything away to say that Joan of Arc was a major inspiration for my character. As far as other films I think there's something to be said for Natalie Portman's character in The Professional. So I don't know if you can imagine a mixture between that little girl and Joan of Arc…
So, look forward to seeing her fight people and then set herself on fire. Wilde has previously revealed that the fighting she does in Legacy took a physical toll, particularly the costume she wears, which integrates radio-controlled lights into skintight, molded black plastic. Wilde admitted that Bridges helped her gain perspective during uncomfortable moments.
I won't complain 'cause we're really lucky to get to wear them, but they're not easy. So whenever we're sitting there straining or, you know, figuring out how to move in them, Jeff says, "Well, you know, in the first film, we wore basically white, you know, white leotards." Not easy for any man or woman.
Sheen, who plays nightclub owner Castor, was less positive about the wardrobe experience.
I like the way it looks... There is not one bit of it that is comfortable, but it looks fantastic... all the work on the wardrobe department on this film has just been incredible. You know, they've worked so hard and I've had about six costume fittings over a series of, you know, a whole slew of months. Each time it gets tighter, each time I think I have to lose a little bit more weight.
Sheen was also able to open up about his character and the role he plays in the movie.
He's a kind of chameleon character... There's a little bit of Frank-N-Furter, a little bit of Ziggy Stardust, a little bit of Joel Grey from Cabaret, there's all those kind of things in here.
In another interview with MTV, Wilde continued to exalt her experience working with Bridges, and claimed that it helps to have The Dude around when shooting in Vancouver.
[The production crew of] New Moon was in town shooting and they wanted to have a bowl off, and I was like, "Bring it on. You know we have The Dude, do you really want to have a bowl off?" He's amazing. He's really like a leader. It's been great for Garrett and I to work with him so much, to follow his examples. His professionalism is unparalleled. I've never worked with anyone so humble and gracious, so it's really cool to see him put just as much into a sci-fi flick as he would into The Big Lebowski, a Coen Bros. movie, and anything. I can see why he shone so much in Iron Man. I see the way he approaches it. It's just like a character piece.