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09:00am ET, 10-December-04

 Rossellini Gets Earthsea Sick

Isabella Rossellini, who co-stars as high priestess Thar in SCI FI Channel's upcoming original miniseries Legend of Earthsea, told SCI FI Wire it was tough to play a character who spends much of the story quite ill. "I'm being poisoned, and I don't know that I'm being poisoned," Rossellini said in an interview. "You know what was hard? It was hard to play the degree of my poisoning, because at a certain point I'm not poisoned, and I get a little bit well."

Rossellini added, "So, in my script, I had like a thermometer so that I could play the degree of sickness, not only makeup-wise, but also physically. We were [shooting] in such a different order, and it was hard to just remember how much to die, how much to limp and when to speak with a voice like that [sounding sickly]."

Legend of Earthsea stars Rossellini, Shawn Ashmore (X-Men) and Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) in a story about a young wizard who accidentally unleashes a dark force that threatens his world, Earthsea.

Rossellini said that she's nothing at all like Thar. "I wish," Rossellini said. "My character in Legend of Earthsea is sort of this old, wise and fantastic woman. So that's what I'm aiming at [in real life]." The four-hour miniseries premieres Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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