March 17th, 2011
07:14 PM ET
Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender take on two of literature's greatest characters in the latest film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel "Jane Eyre."
Wasikowska, who plays Jane and also starred as the lead in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," says that when it comes to getting into character, it's all about the corset.
"Having done Jane Eyre, I realize the Alice corsets were sissy corsets," she tells the April issue of W magazine. "The corsets I wore in Jane Eyre were incredibly painful… you can't breathe properly."
Wasikowska adds that movie costumes really represent the final piece of the puzzle. "It’s like, OK, this is who this person is," she explains. "With 'Jane Eyre' the corset helped me understand the repression and pain of the character."
Like Wasikowska, Fassbender is no stranger to playing icons. Besides portraying "Jane Eyre's" Mr. Rochester, he'll also be seen as Magneto in the upcoming "X-Men: First Class." Though he doesn't wear a corset, he did go to mind-bending lengths to prepare for his role as a superhero who can manipulate metal.
"I practiced every day with a spoon in my kitchen. I did my Uri Geller," he tells W. "It didn’t work. I was really upset. I was convincing myself. I was like: It bent! Did you see that? It bent a little bit! There was no one else in the room with me, though."
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