Video:Speed Racer - Christina Ricci Interviewwith Rebecca Murray
'Speed Racer' star Christina Ricci joined Ariel Winter and Nicholas Elia (the younger versions of Ricci and Emile Hirsch's characters), NASCAR driver Stanton Barrett, and 'Speed Racer' fan Aimee Teegarden on the red-hot 'Speed Racer' red carpet.See Transcript
Transcript:Speed Racer - Christina Ricci InterviewRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the World Premiere of Speed Racer.
Christina Ricci ('Trixie')
She's girlie, she likes the pink things, but she also can kick some ass. How much fun is it to play both sides of her?
Christina Ricci: "Well it's good to play someone who isn't a stereotype, you know, as a girl. It's fun to be in a movie where she can dress as girlie as she wants to be, but at the same time she behaves any way she wants. There's no commentary in the film, like no one ever labels her a tomboy. And I think it's really important to show women like this to young girls, and to do it without labeling them anything. Because when you label a girl something and then you show it to younger girls they think, 'Oh, so I'm going to be judged if I act like that.' So I was really happy to play somebody where the movie never judges her or never comments on the fact that she's a girl."
Ariel Winter and Nicholas Elia ('Young Trixie' and 'Young Speed')
Ariel Winter: "Everyone should go see Speed Racer because you can take the kids to see it, you can take the neighbors to see it, you can take the babies to see it, you can take your pets to see it You can take the grandparents to see it. It's futuristic. It's high octane. It's just an adventure."
Nicholas Elia: "And also for people who love racing, this is a great movie for them."
Tell me what it was like working with these two directors (Andy and Larry Wachowski). Was it fun on the set? Did they keep it lively?
Ariel Winter: "Larry and Andy Wachowski are cool beans. I have two words for them they're brilliant and they're down to earth. Every day when I'd go to work, we'd show each other our Converse. I'm not wearing Converse right now. We'd show each other our Converse and talk about who had the cooler Converse."
NASCAR Driver Stanton Barrett
Stanton Barrett: "What's cool is a lot of us have grown up with that classic thing of Speed Racer. It had such a classic flair to it with the futuristic kind of stylization, so it's definitely a cool concept. It'll be interesting to see what they've done from a television kind of cartoon into a feature film style."
Did you watch Speed Racer as a kid?
Stanton Barrett: "I watched it all the time, my brother and I. That was kind of our era of cartoons."
What's it like to be out on a racetrack for those of us who will never do that in our entire lives?
Stanton Barrett: "It's pretty intense. You've got 43 cars, in the NASCAR series anyways, all rumbling for the same spot. You're inches away at 200 miles per hour, and the intensity behind what goes on and the sophistication of our sport is just kind of unbelievable. So it's just kind of cool to be in that kind of platform and get the opportunity to race with the best people in the world, you know?"
Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights)
Were you a fan of Speed Racer?
Aimee Teegarden: "I was. Well you know I think it actually aired after I was born, like, well before I was born, but I remember seeing some reruns."
Now Friday Night Lights, third season?
Aimee Teegarden: "We got picked up for a third season so we're all very, very excited. We go back in July to start shooting. It'll be on DIRECTV this coming October and it'll be on NBC in February."
And you've been doing some movies in the meantime too?
Aimee Teegarden: "I've been doing some movies in the meantime. I did a movie with Christopher Lloyd called Call of the Wild which is a good kind of good G-rated family film. It incorporates the Jack London book in it. It's not actually about the book, but it has the book kind of referenced in there. But it's a really good family film about a grandpa and his little girl the cutest little girl. She's like 9 or 10, absolutely adorable, fantastic actress. And it brings in sled dog racing in Montana and stuff. So it's a good family kind of film, kind of change gears a little bit.
For Sale By Owner, it's definitely different than Call of the Wild or Friday Night Lights. It's a psychological thriller about the lost colony of Roanoke. "
So you are switching it up.
Aimee Teegarden: "Definitely. I have like a black wig in it and stuff, and I'm airbrushed really, really pale. And I get murdered. Very exciting. We shot that in Virginia and it was so much fun. And then there's this other movie called The Perfect Age of Rock and Roll which is kind of like a dark side of the music business. It should be a lot of fun."