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Trivia / Oz the Great and Powerful

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  • Acting for Two:
    • Michelle Williams plays Gilda and Annie.
    • Zach Braff voiced Finley and Frank.
    • Joey King voiced China Girl and a young girl in a wheelchair volunteering in Oscar's magic show in Kansas.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Rachel Weisz got the script through her agent and loved the role, lobbying hard for it - despite Raimi not thinking she was right. After an audition and two hour conversation with Raimi, she got the part of Evanora.
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  • Cast the Runner-Up: Michelle Williams was the first choice for the role of Evanora, with Hilary Swank as the second.
  • Dueling Works: With Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return; they're both Oz-related films connected to the 1939 classic, they both feature girls made of china as main characters, and they were released within a year of each other. While Great and Powerful wasn't a smash hit upon release, it's still leagues ahead of the critically-thrashed Dorothy's Return.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Mila Kunis' make-up took four hours to apply and another hour to remove. It took two months for her skin to recover from the damage.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Heavily for Rachel Weisz. She's normally cast as hyper competent or intelligent Brainy Brunette types - and usually always heroic characters. As noted above, she really had to lobby for the role.
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    • Directing example too. Sam Raimi taking on a PG Disney fantasy blockbuster.
  • Playing with Character Type: Theodora starts out within Mila Kunis' type but then turns into the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Production Posse:
    • Four out of five actors from The Evil Dead (1981) (Sam Raimi's first film) appear in this - Bruce Campbell as a Winkie guard and Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly as Quadlings.
    • Sam Raimi also worked with James Franco on the Spider Man trilogy. He and Danny Elfman had also worked together on the first two of those films.
  • Stillborn Franchise: Mila Kunis and James Franco said they signed on for sequels. But as of 2020, nothing has materialised. Sam Raimi has also said he would not direct a second film. The controversies surrounding Franco following the rise of the #MeToo movement also haven't helped any potential sequel's chances.
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