What Magical Powers Do You Want?
Having magical powers is a popular movie and book theme because it is a fantasy that many people wish to have. In The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which opens on July 14, the main character is taught to develop powers he didn’t know he had. He uses them to fight evil.
I recently met the director and actors during a press event for the movie. I asked them what they would do if they had the power to use magic just for one day? Some of their answers were thoughtful and serious, and some were
just for laughs.
“I would just keep doing what I’ve been doing,” said Nicolas Cage, who plays the wizard Balthazar Blake. “I would just keep on making movies and, hopefully, make some kids smile.”
Teresa Palmer, who plays Becky Barnes, the love interest in the movie, wanted the ability to go home Wizard of Oz style. She lives in Australia. “I would teleport to Australia,” she said. (Maybe she should try clicking her shoes together and repeating over and over, “There’s no place like home.” Opps. Wrong movie.)
“I would keep everything just the way it is,” said Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who also produced National Treasure and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. No wonder he wants everything to stay the same: He already posses the magic of the movies!
PHOTO: Kid Reporter Mariam El Hasan experiences a plasma bolt through the use of a little Hollywood magic. (Photo courtesy Paul Nash)
Be sure to check out Mariam's report from the set of The Sorcerer's Apprentice on the Scholastic Kids Press Corps site!