Every grandmother has her secrets. but that of Hero Boy (Jahzir Bruno) keeps a shocking one: he knows how to identify The Witches and their intentions to commit their villainy.
The grandmother, personified by Octavia SpencerShe grew up in a poor district of rural Alabama in the 1940s, and when her grandson goes to live with her, almost in the 70s, he discovers that there are women with peculiar attitudes, super strange and even repulsive.
But why are they like that? The child wonders. Why do they enjoy doing evil?
Well, they are witches, so you have to identify them in some way, even if they look like ordinary women. There is something that does not fit you in them, "says Anne Hathaway, protagonist of Las Brujas, which will hit theaters tomorrow in Mexico.
After its premiere on HBO digital in the United States, and with select functions in various theaters, this new version, directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump), co-written by Guillermo del Toro and co-produced by him and Alfonso Cuarón, is ready to cast a spell!
Although it is not a copy of The witches (1990, Nicolas Roeg), which starred Anjelica Huston, the story does take the original idea of the story.
Hero Boy, a boy who after losing his parents must resume his life at his grandmother's house, is captivated by her when she gives him a little mouse and tells him the story that there are women who attract kids from all over the world by inviting them sweets , teaching them tricks and sweetening their imaginations, for later. Boom! Turn them into animals.
I am fascinated with the result and with the work that we all did. Octavia is a brilliant woman, I love her, and Jahzir played an extraordinary role. I feel like this film brings us fun and charm in difficult times. It will make us laugh on Halloween, and who doesn't have fun with witches? "Says the Oscar winner for Les Miserables.Advertisement
After realizing that in the town where they reside there are several of those repulsive "sorceress ladies", grandmother and grandson put their feet in dust and go to a hotel on the beach, where. Oh no! It is full of witches because they have a convention, and when they find out it is too late!
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And neither Mr. Stringer (Stanley Tucci), manager of the hotel, nor the employees and guests could guess what is coming with so many witch unleashed.
Obviously, it was great to work with Anne again (after The Devil Wears Fashion). Let's say I got to play a lovely role and I enjoyed it; as a cast, we all enjoyed it, "says Tucci, in an interview.
Hero Boy does not leave Daisy, his little mouse, in the sun or in the shade, who for some reason sniffs Bruno too much, a plump, gluttonous child in love with food who, without intuiting it, falls into the networks of The Great Witch (Anne Hathaway) ... and turns it into a mouse! The same as Hero Boy.
That malevolent character, who behind her satin gloves, fine clothes and a wig with a spectacular hairstyle hides a creepy figure, is the leader of a horde of similar women.
I want to clarify something: if they tell me that I am horrible as a witch it is not an insult, it is a compliment, because the idea was to look aesthetically good, but repulsive. The wigs, the costumes, everything was wonderful.
And if we add that I am the number one fan of RuPaul's Drag Race and that I felt inspired and fascinated seeing myself and characterizing myself in the mirror, it is an art to wear a wig, effects, the transformation is fascinating ", reveals Hathaway.
Unable to avoid it, the two child protagonists are cursed by the witches and they drink a potion that makes them irreversibly mischievous and friendly rodents.
The mission of the grandmother of one of them is to save them from the spell. Can it?
Behind the scares
The original film was set in the UK; This is set in Alabama, although, ironically, most of the shooting was precisely in London.
Charlize Theron, Gemma Arterton, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Salma Hayek, Claire Foy, Kate Winslet, and Jennifer Lopez were considered for the lead roles.
The allegedly German accent Anne uses at times in the film was the actress's own idea and that of Robert Zemeckis, the director.
When the images of the protagonist characterized as The Grand Witch were released, they were a worldwide trend for more than 48 hours.
You can also read Anne Hathaway's Transformation for HBO's "The Witches"
Hathaway spent two hours in a makeup session when she looked glam, but for her transformation into a witch she had to invest more than three.