Disney, Sam Raimi gamble on return trip to Oz
“Because James had, in his life, been all of these things, I knew that if he could grab a hold of them and recognize them and hold up a mirror to himself _ however actors do that _ he could channel everything he was through this character and really bring him to life like no one else,” Raimi said.
Franco said playing the role “was really like I was stepping into the imaginative world of my childhood.”
And coming into Oz through the wily wizard, whose origins were never fully explored in the Baum books, is an inspired way to revisit the world, he said.
“It’s a great way to return to Oz through a character that you sort of know but not really,” the actor said. “Because of that, it’s a great entry that feels familiar and new.”
AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is on Twitter: www.twitter.com/APSandy.