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2/20/08 This is Christina Ricci in her latest role - as a girl who has a pig snout for a nose.
The 27-year-old plays the lead in the film Penelope, about an aristocratic heiress who was born with the nose as the result of a family curse.
The curse can only be broken when she finds true love.
That comes in the form of her co-star, Scottish actor James McAvoy who plays a down on his luck gambler hired by a tabloid reporter who wants to get a shot of Penelope and her pig snout, which she usually hides with a scarf.
In the film’s trailer McAvoy, 28, is seen pushing Ricci on a swing and playing music to her on a double bass.
The film’s producer, Reese Witherspoon, also makes an appearance on screen as the carefree character Annie.
In a recent interview with the US edition of Marie Claire, Witherspoon, 31, spoke of her delight at making the film and working with co-stars McAvoy and Ricci.
She says she was drawn to the story because of the lead character.
Witherspoon, who won an Oscar for her role in Walk the Line, says: “[It was] the ability of this young woman to supersede social expectations of what she should look like and learn to love herself for who she is - including her pig nose [that inspired me].
“This is a film that let’s people know that it’s OK to be unique. It’s OK to be different; it’s actually better.
“I felt it could really speak to people, particularly young women, about self- acceptance.
“Penelope is original and funny and romantic and I can’t believe it’s finally coming out.”
Witherspoon is also complimentary about her co-stars in this movie, particularly Ricci who had to strap on a prosthetic - and unflattering - pig’s nose. “Christina is such a trouper,” says Witherspoon. “She was enthusiastic about wearing it.
“All vanity went out the window. I think she has always valued how unique she is and has used that in her performances. I admire her tremendously.
“As for Penelope’s pig nose, it took quite a while to develop. We worked with a makeup artist to make it look as authentic as possible.”
Witherspoon also lavishes praise on McAvoy, the film’s male lead. She says: “James is the heart of the film. His caring and compassion for Penelope is just palpable. He’s a really soulful actor, incredibly intelligent and kind.
“He was a real get for us.”
As for her onscreen performance, Witherspoon says: “Annie [her character in the movie] is a bike messenger in the city and she talks a lot and has a lot of energy. CLICK HERE FOR MORE