Last summer, MTV News visited the New York City set of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" on a night when the production had commandeered Bowling Green park in Lower Manhattan. Stars Nicolas Cage and Alfred Molina, in the roles of ultra-power magicians, were furiously battling it out in what would become one of the film's climactic scenes.
But without the benefit of computer-generated plasma bolts — colorful beams of magical energy — the actors looked a bit silly as they grunted and gesticulated and pretended to emit powerful forces from their hands. And, yep, the actors felt pretty silly too.
"There were even moments when I said, 'I really hope this turns out. Does anyone else feel ridiculous?' " co-star Jay Baruchel said, more than a year later.
"I would say to Jay, 'Are we in trouble yet?' " added Cage.
"It has to be like that. You have to have a bit of a mischievous kid in the back of the classroom to make it interesting," Cage said. "I have to make it amusing for me, which means there has to be some level of mischief and public disruption."
The finished product, of course, looks quite a bit different than what we viewed that night on the set, thanks to Disney's typically eye-popping visual-effects work. Cage and the other sorcerers utilize ornate rings to conjure up their magic. Originally, though, the filmmakers had a very different idea about how they wanted the supernatural energy to work onscreen.
"I was in Hungary making another movie and I got a call from [producer] Jerry Bruckheimer and [director] Jon Turteltaub and they said, 'We want you to maybe wear bracelets and hit these bracelets and that's when the magic happens,' " explained Cage. "Interesting, but I said, 'No, it has to be a ring because I have to use my hands.' It's like conducting. I really wanted to be able to conduct the magic into happening. ... It's more beautiful to use your hands than just smashing your wrists together."
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