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Rebel Wilson has a rep for raucous comedy and a name to match — and she's exactly what the doctor ordered for the third installment of the "Night at the Museum" series.
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Wilson, who's best known for jostling funnybones in the U.S. in movies like "Pitch Perfect" and "Bridesmaids," visited TODAY on Wednesday to talk about playing opposite Ben Stiller in "Night" — and a whole lot more:
Crystal the monkey had a special stand-in
One of the stars of the "Night" movies couldn't be on set every hour, so sometimes Wilson had to act opposite an inanimate stand in: "It was just a tennis ball [as a] head," she said, chuckling. "And you're like trying to interact with it; you feel a little silly."
Will Wilson take over for Stiller in "Night" sequels?
Maybe. No spoilers, but TODAY's Matt Lauer asked if the end of this film sets her up to pick up the torch for the future. "If I see the money truck, then I might agree to [make a fourth movie]," she said. "I'm in it for the art and the awards ... and art."
The heat was on while making "Pitch Perfect 2"
And it was a nice change from making "Night" in the "freezing cold" of Vancouver, Canada. For "PP2," she said, "We filmed in Louisiana in the middle of the summer. So I went from two extremes filming two different movies back-to-back."
She's totally up for an all-female "Ghostbusters" team!
Paul Feig, who directed Wilson in "Bridesmaids," is set to direct a new "Ghostbusters" film, and it looks like Wilson might be someone he wants on his team. "I have had a meeting," she said, adding that she'd want to see the finished script. But she's clearly interested: "I would even do that without the money truck," she explained. "I'd do that for free. I probably shouldn't say that live on TV."
"Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" opens in theaters on Dec. 19.