Monday, February 11, 2008

If it wasn't for Sacha Cohen, Isla Fisher wouldn't have been in Hot Rod

"She was encouraged to try comedy by her fiancé Sacha Baron Cohen.

"You'd work at the surf shop in a bikini, you'd go to school in a bikini," Isla Fisher says deadpan over drinks in Los Angeles. "And if you were murdered, you would be buried in a bikini." No, she's not reminiscing about her Australian adolescence, but about her stint as a scantily clad teen in a 1990s Down Under soap.

"Those days are over for Fisher, thanks to her hilarious turn in 2005's "Wedding Crashers." She played a trust-fund, bipolar nymphomaniac who goes "Fatal Attraction" on her 6-foot-5 co-star Vince Vaughn. "There was just so much physical comedy to be mined when you're a tiny girl beating up a massive guy," says the adorably petite (5-foot-2) redhead, who, it turns out, is quite the firecracker.

"She has a killer wit you don't see coming and, according to her "Hot Rod" co-star Andy Samberg, "a super sailor's mouth -- an Australian sailor's mouth." Some think it's sweet...

"Still, it was Baron Cohen who urged Fisher to lighten up. "I was going up for a lot of dramas, and I wasn't having much luck," she says. "And Sacha was the one who said, 'You're crazy if you don't do comedy; you're one of the funniest girls I know!' "

"All too aware that Hollywood is a boys' club, Fisher is busy developing her own projects, including an adaptation of the chick-lit bestseller "Confessions of a Shopaholic," in which she'll play the debt-ridden protagonist, and "Groupies" with "SNL"'s Amy Poehler, "about rocker chicks who are no strangers to the restraining order." Fisher says, "It's tough to be in comedy if you're a woman. You've got to develop your own material or you'll end up playing the girlfriend [forever]." I think we speak for the potty-mouthed actress when we say, #@&%*+$!"



If it wasn't for Borat, Isla Fisher wouldn't have gotten the role in Wedding Crashers which got her the role in Hot Rod!

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