Christina Ricci is well aware of how much her fans love Casper — but she is not a fan of the 1995 Universal Pictures movie.
The actress was a recent guest on Marc Maron's WTF podcast, where she talked about her career, which began when she was a child. After explaining how she got into the industry, Ricci and Maron arrived at two of her early classics: The Addams Family and Casper.
Ricci, 42, wasted no time singling out Casper as not one of her favorite films — not because she thinks it is a bad film, Ricci just thinks she is bad in the movie.
"If you actually watch Casper, I'm terrible," Ricci told Maron. "People get so upset when I say that. And I'm like, 'No, it's a wonderful movie. It's a childhood treasure. But I am terrible in it.'"
Ricci was 13 years old when she was cast in the supernatural comedy-drama, based on the Harvey Comics cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost.
For many of her fans — especially kids of the '90s — the film is a classic and a Halloween tradition. But, Ricci said she just can't shake her lack of effort in the role.
"There was a lot going on in my [life]," she explained.
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"Everything was very difficult. I was always annoyed, and I just don't think I tried very hard, to tell you the truth. Embarrassingly, I don't think I tried as hard as maybe I should have."
Ricci recently re-watched the film when she showed 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 was not a believable line-reading at all. Just no commitment.' "