March 14, 2013

Preview: 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'

Steve Carell and Jim Carrey are magicians locked in a serious Vegas turf war in their new comedy.

By JOHN ANDERSON McClatchy Newspapers

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Steve Carell plays the title role and Olivia Wilde is the magician’s assistant in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” Set in Las Vegas, the comedy also stars Jim Carrey as a competing magician.

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Steve Carell is a magician whose act has gone stale in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.”

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"THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE," starring Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini and Steve Buscemi. Directed by Don Scardino. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language. Running time: 1:40

"If our film is a love letter to anything, it's to a classic style of entertainment."

Directed by TV's Don Scardino ("30 Rock," "2 Broke Girls") and written by six other people, "Wonderstone" is less than a love letter to Vegas, or the performers who inspired the Burt and Anton characters ("There were so many," Carell said with a laugh).

To be a performer in Vegas, Wilde said, "both the performance and the personality have to be heightened, just the way the city's reality is heightened. Everyone's got to have more glitter, more sequins, more hair. I don't think I realized how spot on our characters were till I came here. I mean, I really thought David Copperfield's show was just so funny."

Carell said he, too, discovered a few things about Vegas, perhaps the only city that can out-excess Hollywood.

"I found that I'm no gambler," he said. "It's not in my DNA, I'm not good at it and don't think I enjoy it. But what I really like are the restaurants. And the shows. My wife and kids came out this weekend, and we all had dinner and went to see 'O.' That's what worked for me."


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