Christina Ricci Says She Is Embarrassed by Her Performance in Casper : 'I Didn't Try Very Hard'

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Christina Ricci knows how much her fans love Casper - but she's not a fan of the 1995 Universal Pictures film.
The actress was a recent guest on Marc Maron's WTF podcast, where she spoke about her career, which began when she was a child. After explaining how she got into the industry, Ricci and Maron moved on to two of their early classics: The Addams Family and Casper.
Ricci, 42, wasted no time in naming Casper as one of her favorite movies — not because she thinks it's a bad movie, Ricci just thinks she's bad in the movie.
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"If you really see Casper, I'm terrible," Ricci said to Maron. "People get so upset when I say that. And I say, 'No, it's a wonderful film. It's a childhood treasure. But I'm terrible at it.'”
Ricci was 13 years old when she was cast in the supernatural comedy based on Harvey Comics cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost.
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Ricci starred alongside Bill Pullman, who played her father, paranormal therapist James Harvey. Malachi Pearson voiced the Casper McFadden CGI Ghost and Devon Sawa portrayed his human form.
For many of her fans - especially '90s kids - the film is a classic and a Halloween tradition. But Ricci said she just couldn't shake her lack of effort in the role.
"I've had a lot going on in my [life]," she explained.
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“Everything was very difficult. I've always been upset, and I just don't think I've tried very hard to tell you the truth. Embarrassingly, I don't think I tried as hard as I might have."
Ricci recently rewatched the film while showing it to her young son Freddie Heerdegen, 8. Her feelings about her performance remain unchanged, she said.
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"And I remember thinking, 'Wow. Okay. That wasn't a believable line reading at all. Just no commitment.' "
Christina Ricc
American actress (born 1980)
Marc Marron
American stand-up comedian, podcaster, writer, actor and musician

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