aww.com.au – Australian actor Rebel Wilson is due to appear in an R-rated comedy this May in which she plays a young woman who does ‘scandalous’ things while wearing a burqa.
The ribald sex scenes were shot before the Charlie Hebdo massacre, in which Islamic extremist murdered four Paris cartoonists for making jokes about Islam.
In an interview with The Weekly conducted last December, Rebel said no offence was meant, and that none should be taken.
“It’s MA15-Plus and it’s scandalous,” she said, of her performance as Dawnie in Grimsby, a film made by her friend, Sacha Baron Cohen.
“One hundred per cent, you will not be disappointed in the outrageous nature of that movie.
“Just so you know, it’s not actually me that’s naked in that film. That’s the body of a South African burlesque dancer
“Anyway, Sacha has said I might need extra security when the movie comes out. There is a scandalous bit, quite controversial, where I wear a burqa.
“Obviously, I don’t mean any offence to Muslims. I asked my Muslim friend, ‘Do you think this is alright, to tell the joke we’re telling?’
“And she said yeah. But she’s pretty liberal and lives in New York. So who knows? But it is a joke and no offence meant.
“But however bad it is,” Rebel continued, “I’m following it up with being a full-grown, female panda in Kung Fu Panda III, which is a proper family movie.”
Rebel’s comments, which appear in this month’s issue of The Weekly, were made before the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and before the Sydney Lindt cafe scene.
Freedom of expression – including the freedom to make jokes – is considered a sacred human right in the US. It was raised by several Hollywood actors during last week’s Golden Globe awards.
The Cecil B. de Mille award winner, George Clooney and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal, wore #Je Suis Charlie badges to the ceremony, as did Helen Mirren and Kathy Bates.
Clooney addressed the matter during his acceptance speech, saying: ‘We will not walk in fear.’
However, Sony bowed to pressure and cancelled the release of one of its movies, The Interview, earlier this year, after its servers were hacked, apparently by a deeply offended North Korea.
The film centres on a plot to assassinate the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.
Wilson is one of Hollywood’s brightest new stars, having burst into consciousness with an hilarious performance as Fat Amy from Tasmania in Pitch Perfect just two years ago.
Now she can barely move for the scripts being thrown her way.
In her interview with the Weekly, Rebel says she’s particularly proud to be “the first Australian woman to really break into comedy in the US. I think I can say that I am and that’s been amazing.
“I mean, at first, they were intrigued, like, ‘How does a girl like you [not being a size four] become an actress?’ Then they were like, ‘But actually, we have nobody else like you’. Because I write, I produce and I’m an actress, and I had a background in improv and stand-up, and I had all the bases covered.
“So, of course, I’m still learning, but they were like, ‘For somebody so young, you have so much experience and we can use that’.”
Besides being one of the busiest actors in the game, Rebel is arguably one of the most intriguing. Her name really is Rebel (one of her siblings is called Ryot, as in Riot); she was raised in a family of dog breeders (despite being allergic to dogs) and she is related to Walt Disney (which gives her special privileges at Disneyland.)
If you’re a fan of Rebel Wilson, you’ll love her even more after this.
The 28-year-old Aussie tries to roller skate in ridiculously tight pants in the first teaser promoting subscription video-on-demand service, Stan.
In the wacky clip, Rebel pulls one epic trout pout doing a mermaid impression, twerks her booty in a kangaroo suit and freaks out over a “sex pest” photographer. And then there’s the fire incident…
VIEW: Screen Captures > Rebel Wilson Is Set On Fire In New Ad To Launch Stan TV
mtv.com – ICYMI, “Pitch Perfect” star Rebel Wilson crushed it when she hosted the MTV Movie Awards back in April of 2013. This year, another hilarious blond lady will take the reigns, so when MTV UK caught up with Wilson when she was out promoting “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” we just had to find out if she had any advice for Amy Schumer. (She does.)
“I was lucky enough to do a musical number with the cast of ‘Pitch Perfect,’” Wilson said. “What people don’t realize is you only get one chance — that is legit live, musical performance. So it’s a little bit stressful, but if Amy can do it, I think she should do it. It’s such a great way to open the show, with a kick-ass musical number and pyrotechnics and fireworks. I would utilize all of that kind of stuff.”
That all sounds great, but a musical number might not be up Schumer’s ally like it is Wilson’s, and she doesn’t have the Barden Bellas around to back her up. What Schumer does have, however, is her ballsy, fearless sense of humor and knack for both stand-up and sketch comedy. So, what does Wilson have to offer regarding jokes?
“Don’t be shy,” Wilson continued. “Just say whatever jokes that you want. Because that’s what I did, and I think it worked out pretty good. To have all of the movie stars in the world there at your show and you’re doing little jokes and stuff, it’s the best feeling.”
Now that’s some advice we can get behind. Check out what else Wilson had to say in the video, then be sure to gather your friends for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards on April 12!
tewkesburyadmag.com – Rebel Wilson has revealed how Sacha Baron Cohen kept trying to persuade her to strip off for his new film Grimsby.
The Pitch Perfect star, who shares screen time alongside the British funnyman in the forthcoming comedy, had to fend off his requests for her to bare all.
“I didn’t quite know what to think but Sacha is completely outrageous. Every day, he tried to get me to go naked. Every day!” she said.
“And I’m like, ‘Sacha, no! I told you, I’m a classy actress’.”
The film, directed by Now You See Me’s Louis Leterrier, also stars Sacha’s wife Isla Fisher, Mark Strong, David Harewood and Ian McShane.
“He just keeps pushing you and pushing you and pushing the comedy in every single scene, which is why his stuff is so out loud funny,” Rebel said.
“Grimsby is certainly going to get a lot of attention, let me put it that way. It’s highly outrageous.”
Grimsby is scheduled for release in July 2015.
fashionstyle.com – New movie spoilers for “Pitch Perfect 2″ reveal that Fat Amy will have a chance to shine in the spotlight and she’ll be belting an “old classic” that will have singing along in the theaters.
In a new interview with MTV, Wilson reveals that she will have a solo “all to herself” in the upcoming sequel.
However, the actress admitted that she can’t reveal the name of the song nor the original artist and joked that director Elizabeth Banks “would kill her” if she did.
Despite the fact that Wilson had to stay mum, she did hint that the song was an “old classic” that will have fans singing along in the theaters.
The young comedian also teased “Pitch Perfect” fans by saying that she’s already seen a preview of the second flick and noted “the movie crushes the first one,” adds The Belfast Telegraph.
If viewers were afraid that the sequel wouldn’t be as good as the original, then you have nothing to worry about-Wilson is quick to reassure fans that Banks made sure to include everything that viewers loved about the first movie into the script for the second.
The actress went on to note that those who enjoy seeing “girl power” on the big screen will adore “Pitch Perfect 2″ because not only is there a female director helming the upcoming flick, but the majority of the cast is female and they are all plying well-rounded characters too.
Wilson also revealed that there could be another trailer that will be released in the Spring too.
She pointed out that the first one was “just a teaser” and that the movie studio might release a second trailer as it gets closer to May that will reveal more of the film’s plot.
Finally, the blonde actress joked that there was never any doubt in her mind about not returning to reprise her role as Fat Amy and went on to admit that she loves the character because it allows her to basically play herself.
contactmusic.com – Actress Rebel Wilson was scolded by staff at London’s British Museum for touching ancient relics.
The Australian star and several of her castmates in new movie Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb enjoyed a dinner at the London tourist attraction following the movie’s premiere in the city last week (ends21Dec14).
However, they were reprimanded by staff after manhandling several of the priceless artefacts, breaking a ‘no touching’ rule.
Wilson says, “(After the premiere) we all had dinner at the British Museum, which was amazing. To be having dinner in this room and there’s all these ancient vases and ancient such and suches… and we touched a few things that I think we weren’t supposed to touch! We got in trouble.”
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Australian actress Rebel Wilson promises that fans of “Pitch Perfect” will enjoy the “bigger and better” sequel to the musical comedy, which is due to hit theaters in May 2015. (Reuters)
contactmusic.com – Rebel Wilson and Matt Lucas love to host dinner parties for showbiz guests including Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher, Boy George and Sarah Silverman, and she joked their bashes either end up ”in the hot tub or singing at the piano”.
Rebel Wilson and Matt Lucas invite Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher around for dinner parties which often end up ”in the hot tub or singing at the piano”.
The 28-year-old actress and the British comedian love to host showbiz stars at their shared home in Los Angeles, and the comedienne revealed they recently sang songs with Boy George at one of their events.
When asked about their dinner parties, she said: ”Just before I came over to London we had one with Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher and the guy who created ‘Mad Men’ [Matt Weiner] and Sarah Silverman.
”Matt is extremely sociable, much more than me, and so he has so many friends.
”Boy George came round the other day and we did some singing.”
When asked if their parties go on all night, she quipped: ”Yeah, it normally either ends in the hot tub or singing at the piano. Matt taught himself to play the piano.”
Rebel knows Sacha well as she portrays his wife in his upcoming movie ‘Grimsby’, and the Australian comic had to travel up to the north east England seaport town and integrate with some of the locals in a bid to pick up some of their dialect.
She added to Metro newspaper: ”I had to go up north and hang out with real people to try to absorb their accent quickly.”