Jump-suited Carell toils at his craft: being funny

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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 12:00 am

LOS ANGELES — The eyebrows are dyed. The well-coiffed wig is in place. Even the chest hair has been shaved. It's early March on the Warner Bros. lot, and Steve Carell is hard at work, channeling Burt Wonderstone, a famous Las Vegas magician whose livelihood is being threatened by the new, more outrageous illusionist played by Jim Carrey. The 49-day shoot is close to wrapping up, filming a small scene during the production's final days between a desperate Wonderstone and his reluctant assistant Jane, played by Olivia Wilde (“Cowboys and Aliens”).

Wonderstone is looking for a little sympathy from Jane, but the self-absorbed performer can't ask for a favor without insulting her, explaining to the aspiring magician that she can't possibly become an on-stage performer because she's a girl.

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