The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES WIGNEY

Isla Fisher doesn’t think she’ll ever get the chance to play her best-known char­ac­ter again. The former Home and Away ac­tor burst on to the Hol­ly­wood scene in 2005 play­ing the nympho­ma­niac and “stage 5 clinger” Glo­ria op­po­site Vince Vaughn in Wed­ding Crash­ers, which made more than $300 mil­lion at the box of­fice.

Ever since she’s been asked about a se­quel and she let slip a few years ago that Vaughn had told her one might be in the works. But af­ter the wave of rev­e­la­tions about sys­temic sex­ual ha­rass­ment in Hol­ly­wood, she’s now not sure the time is right for the fur­ther ad­ven­tures of two freeload­ing man-chil­dren who leech off bridal par­ties with the ex­press pur­pose of sleep­ing with guests over­come by emo­tion.

“I am not sure about that ac­tu­ally,” she says. “I heard word of it and then I haven’t heard for a while. I’m not sure that a Wed­ding Crash­ers se­quel would work in the Time’s Up move­ment.”

She is, how­ever, en­cour­aged by what she calls “a very pos­i­tive time in Hol­ly­wood right now” on the back of that. “It feels like it’s gain­ing mo­men­tum, we are get­ting lead­er­ship.”

And as to the equally en­trenched ageist at­ti­tude of the movie busi­ness, which has tra­di­tion­ally seen parts much harder to come by for women over 40, the 42-year-old Fisher says she hasn’t felt that ef­fect so far.

“I’m not sure if it’s whether it’s be­cause I am an ac­tress who also has a young fam­ily, so I am not ac­tively try­ing to con­tin­u­ally work,” she says.

“Ide­ally I would shoot two movies a year, one straight movie with a won­der­ful di­rec­tor like a Baz Luhrmann ( The Great Gatsby) or a Tom Ford ( Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals) or a Har­mony Korine ( The Beach Bum) or a David O’Russell ( I Heart Huck­abees), like I have done, and then a fun com­edy.

“So I haven’t felt a dif­fer­ence yet, but I am sure it is in­evitable that the types of char­ac­ters I am of­fered will change as I age, and I wel­come that.”

In her new – and very fun – com­edy, Tag, Fisher plays a sup­port­ive wife who’s pre­pared to go to ex­treme mea­sures to sup­port her hus­band’s crazy en­deav­ours. Her on­screen hus­band is played by The Hang­over’s Ed Helms, one of a group of fortysome­thing men who have been play­ing the same game of tag since they were chil­dren, go­ing to vast ef­fort and ex­pense to en­sure they are not “it” when the clock ticks over to June 1.

Fisher de­scribes her char­ac­ter, Anne, as wellmean­ing and sweet but “who cares too much about the game and then gets hy­per­ag­gres­sive and com­pet­i­tive”.

But the Aussie ac­tor isn’t sure she’d be quite so un­der­stand­ing in real life.

“I def­i­nitely didn’t re­late to that level of pas­sion for her hus­band’s hobby in the sense that the hobby seems so silly to me,” Fisher says. “I’m not sure that in real life I’d be able to put up with a whole month of a per­son’s spouse play­ing a very in­tense game of tag.”

In real life, Fisher is mar­ried to the con­tro­ver­sial Bri­tish co­me­dian Sacha Baron Co­hen, cre­ator of out­ra­geously silly char­ac­ters such as Bo­rat and Bruno. The cou­ple have three chil­dren to­gether, daugh­ters Olive and Elula, and son Montgomery, and Fisher has re­vealed in the past that some­times Baron Co­hen’s own crazy en­deav­ours have spilled over into their per­sonal life.

Like the time he fa­mously en­listed Fisher’s help to smug­gle his Ali G out­fit into the Os­cars in her un­der­wear, de­spite him be­ing ex­pressly for­bid­den to ap­pear as the char­ac­ter. “Oh yes, that’s true,” Fisher says, re­con­sid­er­ing with a laugh. “I’m al­ways happy to be a mule of sorts for my hus­band.”

De­spite its ridicu­lous con­cept, loosely based on a real-life group of men as re­ported in The New York Times, Tag lov­ingly ex­am­ines the bonds of friend­ship – some­thing Fisher can re­late to.

She was born in Oman, where her father was a banker for the United Na­tions, and moved back to her par­ents’ na­tive Scot­land be­fore wind­ing up in Perth.

Her no­madic child­hood made her value both child­hood friends and newer bud­dies, in­clud­ing Reese Wither­spoon and Amal Clooney, even more dearly.

“Ab­so­lutely,” she says. “I am still in touch with my best friend Angie, who I met when I was seven in pri­mary school.” Tag opens in ma­jor cin­e­mas to­day


Aus­tralian ac­tress Isla Fisher is part of an im­pres­sive en­sem­ble cast in the new com­edy about friend­ship, Tag.

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