Christina Ricci hates her work on ‘Casper’: “I don’t think I tried very hard, really”
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If you grew up in the 90s, it’s quite possible that ‘Casper’ is one of those movies that defined your childhood, but it is clearly not among Christina Ricci’s favorites. The ‘Yellowjackets’ actress has opened up on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, to which he has confessed that he thinks he didn’t do a good job on her and that, in fact, her performance is nothing short of terrible: “If you really see ‘Casper’, I’m terrible”Ricci said, “People get very angry when I say it, but I add that it’s a wonderful movie, it’s a childhood treasure for people, but I’m terrible at it.”
Although Ricci is being very hard on herself, in part she understands that it was the fault of adolescence, that the age of the turkey is very hard: “I was 13 years old. A lot of things happened in my life. Everything was very difficult. I was always angry and I think I didn’t try very hard to tell the truth. With much shame I have to admit that I don’t think I tried as hard as I should have. Without much commitment. It took me a long time to become a functional adult.”
‘Casper’ was released in 1995 directed by Brad Silberling and co-starring Bill Pullman, Eric Idle, Cathy Moriarty, Malachi Pearson, Brad Garrett, Joe Alaskey and Joe Nipote, with a cameo appearance by Devon Sawa. The film, based on the animated series ‘Casper, the good ghost’, tells the story of a father and daughter who move into a haunted mansion where teenage Kat befriends (and falls in love with) Casper’s spirit. It was a tremendous success with the public, which led to the production of 3 sequels with totally different protagonists that went direct to video.
Before ‘Casper’, Ricci had already appeared in ‘Mermaids’, ‘Brothers by force’ and was especially famous for being Wednesday Addams in ‘The Addams Family’ and ‘The Addams Family: The Tradition Continues’. After ‘Casper’ came ‘Friends Forever’, ‘Secret Mountain’, ‘Ice Storm’, ‘Buffalo ’66’, ‘The Opposite of Sex’, ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’, ‘ Sleepy Hollow’, ‘Ally McBeal’, ‘Back to Hell’, ‘Speed Racer’ and more recently ‘Matrix Resurrections’, come on, an enviable career.
The last thing we’ve seen from Ricci has been ‘Yellowjackets’, the new installment of ‘Matrix’ and in the United States he has released the horror and mystery film ‘Monstrous’. The next thing will be to repeat with Tim Burton in the series ‘Wednesday’ starring Jenna Ortega, in which she has a role that has not been revealed, and we will also see her in ‘The Dresden Sun’ by Michael Ryan and she will give voice to one of the protagonists of ‘Unplugged’.