If you’re looking for a fun, fantastical, family-friendly movie to see this weekend, Tarsem’s “Mirror Mirror” has you covered. The visually appealing and star-studded film is a new spin on an old classic, featuring an exuberant “man child” of a prince played by Armie Hammer , Oscar winner Julia Roberts as an unhealthily vain Evil Queen and Lily Collins as a more independent and self-assured Snow White.
When MTV News caught up with Roberts and Collins recently, we asked them to explain how their characters differ from the familiar fairy-tale mold.
“I think she’s deeply misunderstood,” Roberts said of her Evil Queen. “And I think she is correct in her ambition and drive and desire and focus to annihilate Snow White. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. She’s clear,” she joked. “She’s exacting.”
Collins explained that her Snow White is not your typical damsel in distress. “She really becomes a fighter, emotionally and physically, and turns into this young woman who found out that she can save a prince as much as a prince can save her,” she said. “She really becomes this fighter, and I got to swordfight and fence and wrestle and do all these cool things that you don’t normally associate with a princess.”
Speaking of fighters and swordfights, we couldn’t help but ask for the castmembers’ opinions on the fact that another Snow White-centric film, “Snow White and the Huntsman,” will be hot on the heels of “Mirror Mirror” when it opens June 1 and how it might fare against their film.
“I’m interested to see what they did,” Hammer admitted. “I think what we did is make a movie that’s family-friendly. The parents are going to go to it and enjoy it almost as much as the kids are. Plus our movie kicks that movie’s ass, let’s be honest,” he added with a grin. “Yeah. And we’re out first. And we’re gonna kick their ass!” he joked, clearly not concerned with competing against “Huntsman.” “We’re gonna make so much more money than they are! Our Rotten Tomatoes score is gonna be so much higher.”
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