Christina Ricci goes back to blockbusters

Tue May 6, 2008 5:30pm EDT
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By Nichola Groom

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Turns out Christina Ricci, who has become a darling of independent film fans, isn't so 'indie' after all.

The actress, who gained fame as a child actor in "Mermaids" and "The Addams Family," says people have her all wrong if they think she intentionally shied away from blockbuster Hollywood flicks in her adult years. Her newest film, Friday's big-budget "Speed Racer," is Ricci's proof.

"I wanted to do big movies for a long time but I haven't necessarily been given the opportunity," she told Reuters. "I just haven't gotten those kinds of parts."

Leaving films like "Casper" behind, Ricci took on increasingly more complex roles as a teenager in human dramas such as director Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm" (1997) and as a young adult in "The Laramie Project," (2002) which dealt with the hate crime murder of a young gay man, Matthew Shepard.

But this summer, the 28-year-old Ricci is starring as Trixie, the title character's girlfriend in "Speed Racer." Based on a popular 1960s cartoon, the movie tells of a young race car driver, Speed, who learns that wealthy corporations are using their profits to pay off drivers and fix races.

Speed, along with Trixie, his family and a rival driver, Racer X, vow to expose the scheme and save his beloved sport.

The action-packed film promises to be Ricci's biggest movie since 1999's "Sleepy Hollow," in which she starred opposite Johnny Depp. And while fans may view "Speed" as a departure from her indie reputation, Ricci doesn't agree.

"I know it seems incongruous ... of course, the only thing people can really think about you is what they see in your work," she said. "But I like big movies -- and I'm kind of silly -- and I like cheesy television."   Continued...

<p>Actress Christina Ricci attends the premiere of the film "Speed Racer" during the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival in New York May 3, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>