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Saturday 19 April 2014

Braff: New Oz world is shocking

Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams arrive at the world premiere of Oz The Great And Powerful in LA

Zach Braff has promised audiences will be shocked by the incredible fantasy world director Sam Raimi has created for Oz: The Great And Powerful.

The Scrubs funny man joined Sam, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and James Franco on the red carpet in Los Angeles for the premiere of The Wizard Of Oz prequel movie.

Zach, who voices a flying monkey and plays a circus assistant said: "I think people are going to be really shocked. I keep thinking of how when I saw Avatar I couldn't believe how far film technology had come, and I've seen clips of this, and it builds on that and then goes to the next level."

He added that the film is not all just CGI: "There's a lot of sets. It's not just one of those movies where we showed up and everybody's standing on a blue screen. There were football field-sized, enormous sets and then when the set would end, the blue screen would take over."

Michellle, who plays Glinda the Good Witch of the South, looked beautiful in a white dress with sparkling silver flowers. Mila, who plays the Wicked Witch of the West, was demure in a delicate, nude, lace frock and Rachel, who is the Wicked Witch of the East, looked vampish in a scarlet gown.

Rachel said: "The reason I wanted to do it was I wanted to play a really evil, mean, nasty person, and it was fun to be bad."

James, plays the Wizard of Oz and has worked with Spider-Man director Sam several times before.

He said: "Sam is great at many things. He makes huge epic movies and he's one of the best at it, but he's equally interested in the characters as he is in all the spectacle.

"As an actor that's what you want, someone who cares about the characters, cares about the story and isn't going to let those things get lost in a bunch of flash."

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