Olivia Wilde and Megalyn Echikunwoke – Exclusive Slamdance Video Interview

     January 31, 2008

A movie that premiered at Slamdance last week was “Fix,” and it stars Olivia Wilde, Shawn Andrews, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Tao Ruspoli. Actually, Tao also wrote and directed the movie, and it was shot in the first person by the actors in the film.

The movie is a one day odyssey through the myriad worlds of Los Angeles as documentary filmmakers Bella (Olivia Wilde) and Milo (director Tao Ruspoli) race to get Milo’s brother Leo (Shawn Andrews) from jail to rehab before 8pm, or Leo goes to prison for 3 years. Inspired by true events, the film follows the trio as they document their trip from a suburban police station in Calabasas through mansions in Beverly Hills, east LA chop shops, rural wastelands, and housing projects in Watts as they attempt to raise the $5000 deposit required to get Leo into the rehab clinic. Along the way we meet dozens of colorful characters, each with their own unique perspective on Leo’s larger than life personality and style, and each with their own excuse for why they cannot help out… In the end, it may take a drug deal to get the necessary funds for rehab.

Anyway, I was able to interview Olivia Wilde and Megalyn Echikunwoke and the interview is below. During our pretty long conversation we covered all the usual subjects like what it was like being in Slamdance, how the film came together, the challenges of making it, and what was it like working with your husband on the movie. A random fact is that Olivia is married to writer/director Tao Ruspoli.

Also, in part 2 of the interview, Olivia talk’s a bunch about her upcoming work in “Year One,” the comedy she’s doing with Jack Black and Michael Cera. She says her character is a princess…and for more, watch the interview!

And if you missed the clips I posted earlier tonight you can watch them here. I’d watch some before the interview so you can get a feel for the movie and what’s it all about.

Olivia Wilde and Megalyn Echikunwoke – Part 1

  • How did the project come together. They both answer and talk about the movie.
  • What’s it like working on a movie with such good friends

Olivia Wilde and Megalyn Echikunwoke – Part 2

  • How was it on set with improv and making your own lines
  • Slamdance/Sundance talk – what’s the experience been like
  • What’s coming up next. Olivia talks about Year One. She says she plays the princess of Sodom and calls it a “Monty Python esque journey through biblical times.”

Olivia Wilde and Megalyn Echikunwoke – Part 3

  • Soundtrack talk.

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