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Rachel Weisz on Those Flying Monkeys from Oz

By February 17, 2013

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Rachel Weisz in Oz The Great and PowerfulThe original 1939 The Wizard of Oz movie with Judy Garland as Dorothy, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Bert Lehr as the Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as the Tin Man, and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West also featured some of the creepiest characters on film. No, I'm not talking about Toto, the Munchkins, or even the Wizard of Oz himself; I'm talking about those flying monkeys. Those creatures scared me as a child and I still don't like them to this day. However, Rachel Weisz - 'Evanora' in Disney's 2013 fantasy adventure, Oz The Great and Powerful - did not have the same reaction to the creatures from the 1939 classic movie.

We'll have further coverage of Oz The Great and Powerful as we get closer to the movie's March 8th release date, but in our exclusive interview with the Oscar-winner, Weisz told About.com contributing writer Fred Topel that she doesn't even remember the winged monkeys that were the source of so many nightmares for the original movie's young viewers. "I don't actually remember the flying monkeys from it," said Weisz during Disney's LA press day for the upcoming release. "I remember the witches though. They really scared me. The witches were traumatic, actually."

Of course, the fact that she plays a witch in this new Oz story has probably helped to put her Wizard of Oz witch fears to rest. And as for those monkeys? In the new film her character is actually in charge of the flying monkey army.

(Photo © Walt Disney Pictures)

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