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Saturday 19 April 2014

Wilde: I fought for Wonderstone

Olivia Wilde 'fought' for her role in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Olivia Wilde has revealed she "fought" hard for the role of magician's assistant in comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

The Tron: Legacy actress - who was reportedly up against Jessica Biel, Sarah Silverman and Michelle Monaghan for the role - admitted she didn't think she would get the part, as she expected it to go to a comedian.

Olivia said: "I fought hard, I auditioned, I didn't think I was going to get it. I thought they would hire a real comedian, but it's such a blast to be able to play a female magician, because hopefully young women who are interested in magic will see the film and maybe become inspired."

And the 29-year-old has picked up a party trick after learning to do real magic for the film.

She revealed: "I wanted to learn tricks that I would know, so that I could have that knowledge, feel like a magician, and learn how magicians use their hands," she said.

"I did learn how to make a dollar bill levitate. It takes a little bit of set-up time so it's not the greatest party trick, but one day I feel like it will come in handy."

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