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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Damon Herriman cast as Charles Manson in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Damon Herriman has been cast as Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The upcoming crime mystery is set to tell the story of a TV actor and his longtime stunt double as they try to find success in the Los Angeles film indu…

Damon Herriman has been cast as Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The upcoming crime mystery is set to tell the story of a TV actor and his longtime stunt double as they try to find success in the Los Angeles film industry in 1969, with the actor happening to live next door to Sharon Tate, who is later tragically murdered by the followers of cult leader Manson.

While the shoot is already underway, editors at The Wrap have now confirmed that Herriman is to play Manson in the film, joining already established castmembers such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino.

The Australian actor is best known for his role as Dewey Crowe in FX’s Justified, and has also had minor roles in Breaking Bad and Top of the Lake: China Girl, as well as parts in The Lone Ranger and The Water Diviner.

Empire star Rumer Willis has also been cast as British actress Joanna Pettet, a friend of Tate who had lunch at her house just hours before her murder, while Dreama Walker will portray actress and singer Connie Stevens.

Costa Ronin, Victoria Pedretti, Margaret Qualley and Madisen Beaty have landed parts too.

In addition to directing, Tarantino has written the screenplay and will produce the feature in collaboration with Gravity’s David Heyman and Shannon McIntosh, who previously worked with the 55-year-old on his movies Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.

The film was originally scheduled for release on 9 August 2019 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the murders, but is now expected to debut on 26 July.

Lena Dunham was also recently added to the ensemble cast, as well as Kill Bill star Uma Thurman’s daughter, Maya Hawke, and Inglourious Basterds actor Eli Roth’s estranged wife, Lorenza Izzo.

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