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Isla Fisher on Confessions of a Shopaholic

Published February 12, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Touchstone Pictures
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Isla Fisher stole scenes in Wedding Crashers, so was hired to do the same in ensembles like Hot Rod and Definitely Maybe. Confessions of a Shopaholic seems like a departure for producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The movie adaptation of Sophie Kinsella's book is definitely a "chick flick," but Bruckheimer was sure to point out its similarities to his more masculine films.

Isla Fisher a Shopaholic

"I'm very surprised, eternally grateful to Jerry Bruckheimer and completely bewildered as to how I was lucky enough to be chosen to head my own movie," Fisher said. "I definitely felt far more responsible for the tone of the movie as a lead than you do as a supporting cast member where you can sort of come in and muck about. On top of that, playing a beloved character from a book that's extraordinarily successful and knowing that she was now going to be American and wanting to just capture the essence of her as properly as I could added more pressure. Ultimately, when you have an incredible producer like Jerry Bruckheimer behind you and a really amazing cast, it was just an amazing, rewarding creative experience for me."

Rebecca Bloomwood knows her fashion, but for that Fisher relied on the film's costume designer, Field. "Patricia really is so creative and she clearly knows what she's talking about. She's extremely experienced. She did the costumes for Sex and the City, Devil Wears Prada so I kind of let go and let her guide me and I really enjoyed the process."

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Obsessing over clothing was a new experience for the comedienne. "At the beginning, I couldn't believe we were spending 40 minutes discussing a belt. I was so frustrated but halfway through, I suddenly just felt like I began to understand that there really is sort of a science to it and there's this incredible world and people try really hard. It's not just this, I don't know, that looks cute, I'll wear that."

The film draws on Fisher's physical comedy skills too. One chaotic scene has her fighting with other shopaholics at a sale. "We had to choreograph that. With all physical comedy, you have to know where you're going to put cameras and ensure that no one's trampled to death so we took it fairly seriously. There were a lot of heels on a very shiny surface. But we just had a lot of fun with it and we actually went a lot further. Ultimately, we shot, we took it further but we like what we kept in the movie which is just ending on her straddling the girl, rather than pulling down a rack and being removed by a security guard."

She also performed a fan dance with costar Hugh Dancy. "I think Hugh's a wonderful dancer and what I really loved about Hugh is that he came to the movie and took it seriously as if he was in a dramatic movie, which was so important. As a result, he played the greatest straight man and it gave me, playing Becky Bloomwood, somewhere to go and to be more outrageous and the comedy was grounded in reality because of him. He brought so much integrity and heart to the film and yeah, he was a fabulous dancer actually. He remembered the moves, the traditional moves, far better than me and guided me through that scene."

Confessions of a Shopaholic opens to theaters on February 13th.

For the trailers, poster and more movie info, go to the Confessions of a Shopaholic Movie Page.

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