Zach Braff on playing a monkey in 'Oz'
March 7th, 2013
11:58 AM ET

Zach Braff on playing a monkey in 'Oz'

Zach Braff’s lent his voice to animated projects in the past, namely 2005’s “Chicken Little.” But the 37-year-old actor said that playing a flying monkey in “Oz the Great and Powerful” was unlike anything he’s done before.

Braff told The Hollywood Reporter that director Sam Raimi wasn’t simply content with him voicing the part of Finley. “He wanted me to fully act this 36-inch tall monkey out,” he said.

In some cases, the “Scrubs” actor said, that meant donning a bluescreen onesie.

“We figured out that if I was on my butt, hunched over, I was 36 inches tall,” he told THR. “And then other times there was an actual life-size puppet of him that I would operate around and act out.”

Then there was the “puppet cam,” Braff added. “When [Finley would] fly and do stuff I couldn’t possibly do, they would put this monitor on the end of a stick, and I’d be in the video booth and James [Franco, who plays Oz,] had a tiny earpiece in his ear and we could kind of do it via the monitor.

“Oz the Great and Powerful,” which also stars Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams, hits theaters on Friday.

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  1. Dorothy

    Such a disappointment! Weak story and weak acting. And the ending was wrong. There should have been a little house dropping out of the sky in the direction Rachel Weisz was going. They missed a good inside joke!

    March 11, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. thearchivest

    “Oz the Great and Powerful” is all smoke and no mirrors, no fantasy, just effects without affect. To be honest, more like Oz the Amiable and Un-threatening. The best, funniest Oz thing I've read lately is DA YELLER BRICK ROAD, a revisionist telling of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Uncle Remus. The conceit is it was originally by Remus (who didn't exist) and then "borrowed and cleaned-up" by Baum. Hilarious and charming. All that "Oz the Great and Powerful" is not.

    March 8, 2013 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Same 2 women

    toes purple-saw it thanks.

    March 8, 2013 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Emma


    March 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    It's true – chicks love monkeys.

    March 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anna

    YES! Everyone loves monkeys!

    March 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |

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