Mia Wasikowska found puppeteering ‘so difficult’ on Judy and Punch

Mia Wasikowska found handling the heavy puppets on the set of her movie Judy and Punch to be challenging.In the comedy-drama, the Alice in Wonderland actress and her co-star Damon Herriman portray Judy and Punch, puppeteers who are trying to revive the…

Mia Wasikowska found handling the heavy puppets on the set of her movie Judy and Punch to be challenging.

In the comedy-drama, the Alice in Wonderland actress and her co-star Damon Herriman portray Judy and Punch, puppeteers who are trying to revive their marionette show in the town of Seaside.

In an interview with Vogue.com, the Australian actress admitted handling the puppets was harder than it looked.

“The performance is quite a physical one. I took horse riding and puppeteering lessons. It’s so difficult, especially with the marionettes we had because they’re very heavy,” she shared.

The 30-year-old works around the globe, so she enjoyed being in an Australian production as that enabled her family to visit her on set and even land parts in the film.

“I got to have my three nephews come visit me on set! They even have little cameos in the film – they’re part of a group of kids who watch me do magic tricks in an early scene,” Mia gushed. “They got to get all dressed up and the bit they loved the most was getting to put dirt all over their faces. They’re in the film for about a second, but one of them made it into the trailer. So, of course, there was a family email sent around with a screenshot of that.”

The actress followed up Judy and Punch with the upcoming psychological thriller The Devil All the Time and supernatural drama Bergman Island, but she insisted she doesn’t just do dark stories.

“I do always want stories to have gravity and weight to them. That’s what I respond to and I think these are the films that really have something to say. These are stories worth telling,” she said.

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Helena Bonham Carter blames Jeffrey Tambor scandal for poor reception to 55 Steps

Helena Bonham Carter believes sexual misconduct allegations against co-star Jeffrey Tambor resulted in movie studios lack of interest in 55 Steps.The British actress played Eleanor Riese, a woman who suffered from schizophrenia and started a legal batt…

Helena Bonham Carter believes sexual misconduct allegations against co-star Jeffrey Tambor resulted in movie studios lack of interest in 55 Steps.

The British actress played Eleanor Riese, a woman who suffered from schizophrenia and started a legal battle regarding consent when it comes to the use of anti-psychotic drugs. Hilary Swank starred as patients’ rights lawyer Colette Hughes in the film, which was based on a true story, while Tambor played fellow lawyer Mort Cohen.

However, 55 Steps was not bought for distribution after it premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival, and Helena has since considered the reasons why the feature was not snapped up.

In addition to several reviews which “really assassinated” her portrayal of Colette, the 52-year-old believes Tambor’s inclusion may have also been a factor. The Arrested Development star was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women last November.

“Unfortunately that (55 Steps) came out just at the time, and people might have thought: ‘Oh, we can’t touch it,'” Helena insisted in an interview with The Guardian, though added she is staying loyal. “He has such compassion, and I don’t believe that same heart would be capable of any kind of abuse.”

Regardless of the fact the film wasn’t picked up by studios, Helena felt “a bit of vindication” after she was praised by the real Colette Hughes, and hit back at any critics who were critical of her performance.

“What I didn’t like about it was that they assumed I was being patronising. I am the last person to patronise this woman,” the Alice in Wonderland star insisted. “I am her biggest champion. Don’t you dare level that accusation. Maybe I’m a c**p actor, but don’t don’t don’t say that I’m patronising her.”

Helena most recently featured in Ocean’s 8 alongside Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, and also lent her voice to animated movie Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero.

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