Magic of Vegas casts crazy spell on cast of 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'

Gamblers and others in Las Vegas don't bat an eye at the outrageous costumes and stunts of the “Wonderstone” movie company.
BY GENE TRIPLETT etriplett@opubco.com Modified: March 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm •  Published: March 15, 2013
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And here again, filming was affected by the weird Vegas mindset.

“Case in point, we (Carell and Buscemi) were suspended by a crane 60 or so feet in the air in a Plexiglas box on the Las Vegas Strip, and we didn't even gather a crowd,” Carell said. “We tried to gather a crowd. We didn't wanna pay for all the extras. We figured, well, people will just gather, and we'll shoot that as a crowd. Nobody cared. They were on their way to the big shows and, ‘Oh, two guys in costumes up in a box.' And they were on their way. So ...”

“Normal,” Carrey said.

“Yeah, which actually told us a lot about our environment,” Carell said.

“Well, you know, it's kind of normal for me,” said Carrey, whose rubber-faced, over-the-top style of comedy is cranked to 10 in the film.

“So I felt totally at home out there. It was nice. I really liked being out there. I like being in the street in Vegas. I have trouble being in the room. I don't know what happened to architecture. I think they're getting us ready for space colonies or something. Nobody puts a window in that you can crack. So I'm literally drying out on a daily basis. I'm drier and drier. I'm chewing my lips right now. Day three, I'm beef jerky,” Carrey said.

“I have dreams here, too,” he said. “I had this crazy dream that I'd been shrunk down to the size of an insect and I was swallowed by this hungry giant. And I went through the esophagus and into his stomach, and I was burned by the juices. And then by the time I got to the lower intestine, I was no longer anything that I could recognize ... And then I woke up at the cashier window at Bally's begging for another line of credit. I don't know if it was the Ambien or I have a gambling problem. If somebody could give me 500 bucks ... Seriously, I'm gettin' really hot.”

If Carrey's really lucky, maybe what happened to him in Vegas will stay in Vegas.

Travel and accommodations provided by Warner Bros.