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THE MOVIE: Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Brendan Fraser • Jenna Elfman • Bugs Bunny • Daffy Duck

What's up…? Those crazy Looney Tunes are back, again mixed with real performers, à la Roger Rabbit and Space Jam.

U.S. RELEASE: November 14 2003, Nationwide
• Rated: PG


BRENDAN FRASER on spoofing himself in the movie:
“If you can’t make fun of yourself, no one else can laugh at what you do. I mean, come on, in the film I play Brendan Fraser’s stuntman who’s moonlighting as a security guard on the Warner Brothers’ lot because he’s had this altercation with Brendan about this manhood being challenged!”

“The biggest challenge working with live actors was getting them to learn how to take an anvil on the head. It’s kind of tough, but eventually they got around to it.”

JENNA ELFMAN on working with a green screen:
“It’s totally hard, but a lot of it was filmed like a normal movie, which is good for us because it gives us an environment that seems real, because you’re already having to inject your belief system into a heightened sense of unreality reality. It was hard acting to the air, let alone doing comedy with nothing. Comedy is very much like a dance between two people. When you don’t have that being offered to you, you have to be both partners.”

“The [Looney Tunes] cartoons are seven minutes long. They usually take place in a barnyard or rural background. And this is a big movie that’s competing with other big movies and you know what big movies are like. They’re big. Also, after their 60 years of indentured servitude to Warner Brothers, these guys have earned a piece of the production values.”

“There’s an unsung hero here, and he’s the man behind the curtain and his name is Bruce Lanoil. He’s a master puppeteer. They basically had life-sized stand-ins or puppets that were created, and he would be there and rehearse with the Bugs puppet or the Daffy Duck puppet, so that the actors had a reference point to work with. And the timing was just like acting with another actor, because we had a little electronic earpiece, so he would speak the dialogue into a microphone. You really were like Joan of Arc, having voices in your ear.”

“I’m not threatened by Roger Rabbit. I taught him everything he knows - how to take a frying pan to the head; how to slip on a banana peel and how to get flattened and pump back up. We used to do all that shtick together all the time.”

“The first two weeks it was just me and Bugs working together. During the few days that I had off, I started pulling dailies of some of Brendan’s work with Daffy to see what he did, because he’s so good at it. I realized a lot of it was physical interaction with the characters – he physically grab them or flip their ear. As soon as I started doing that, I felt I was interchanging with them as opposed to me over here and them over there, because you can’t do comedy like that.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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