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Thursday 25 December 2014

Double blockbuster fun for Isla

Actress Isla Fisherappears in the new movie The Great Gatsby (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actress Isla Fisherappears in the new movie The Great Gatsby (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Isla Fisher is appearing in two of the first major films of the summer-movie season - the latest adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby as well as the crime caper Now You See Me.

"It's really exciting," Isla says. "I guess I don't feel any pressure because I'm not the lead in either movie."

In Gatsby, she's the ill-fated Myrtle Wilson - logging precious, but little, screen time. In Now You See Me, Isla plays one of a quartet of magicians who use their talents to take back money from immoral millionaires and return it to the people they conned.

The film boasts an all-star cast, including Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson.

During filming of Now You See Me, Isla had a close call.

"I was chained under water," the 37-year-old Australian-raised actress recalled. "I had a quick release on my wrists and a quick release on my feet, but the chain that was tying my wrists to my ankles ... It got looped around the bottom of the tank. I'd already been under for two-and-a-half minutes, and I couldn't get up for air. And I did have a moment of, just, 'Oh my gosh. Not in a swimming costume."

Isla, who has two children with actor-husband Sacha Baron Cohen, seemed poised for name-above-the-title stardom after a breakout performance in the 2005 comedy Wedding Crashers and headlining the 2010 comedy Confessions of a Shopaholic.

But that success didn't catapult her to leading-lady stardom. Instead, she's stayed steadily employed as a working character actress. "I naturally gravitate towards people who don't mind getting ugly," Isla responded. "That's why I think I've not really enjoyed the 'ingenue' road, or at least it has not been offered to me, because I'm willing to pull a bad face, and to sweat a bit. Or glow."

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