ISLA FISHER JOINS TOP COMEDY CAST
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
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
Australian actress Isla Fisher is part of an impressive ensemble cast in the new comedy about friendship, Tag.