Jimmy Kimmel Live: Zach Braff Plays Monkey In Oz the Great & Powerful

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Jimmy Kimmel Live: Zach Braff Plays Monkey In Oz the Great and Powerful

Zach Braff, best known for his role on Scrubs, is trading in his scrubs for a blue bellboy’s cap, some fur and a pair of wings. Braff stars in the new Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful, as a flying monkey but not one of the bad ones. He also plays the role of a human friend to the great and powerful Oz before he becomes Oz or even ends up in the magical land.

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Zach Braff Plays Monkey In Oz the Great & Powerful

Jimmy Kimmel invited Zach Braff on his late night show to talk about why he has been so excited to play a monkey in the movie Oz the Great and Powerful. (CarlaVanWagoner / Shutterstock.com)

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It seems like a trend in the movie for everyone to have more than one role. Joey King is also playing two roles in the movie, one as an animated doll and the other as a human in an old wheelchair.

Anyways, back to Braff. He said the monkey, Finley, is a continuation of the other character he plays, Frank (possibly an ode to Wizard of Oz writer L. Frank Baum?). He said he worked with the director of the movie to create some similarities between the characters and having them be sort of the same person but from two different places. They are reincarnated from one dimension into another.

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Zach Braff Oz the Great and Powerful Role

When you go see the movie, which I am sure a lot of people are going to go see, don’t think everything you see in the movie is simply green screen and CGI. Braff said many of the sets were very elaborate and it made it easier for everyone working on the movie to act with something tangible than trying to make them imagine they were walking down a yellow brick road that wasn’t there.

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As for playing a monkey, Braff said it was the best role he could have ever landed.

“It was the best assignment in the world for me,” he said. “Sam Raimi (the director) said he wanted me to riff jokes and improv, and to be able to do that on top of being included was such an honor, because that’s my favorite thing to do.”

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