Rebel Wilson: Matt Lucas inspired Tilly

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 December 2014
Rebel at the Night of the Museum premiere

Rebel Wilson at the Night of the Museum premiere

Rebel Wilson has revealed she used her housemate Matt Lucas as the basis for her character Tilly in 'Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb'

Rebel Wilson based her 'Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb' character on her friend Matt Lucas.

The Australian comedian lives with the 'Alice in Wonderland' star and has revealed his own personality and his 'Little Britain' comic creation Vicky Pollard inspired British museum night guard Tilly in the children's film.

Speaking about Tilly's accent and boorish behaviour, Rebel said: "I live with a great British comedian, Matt Lucas, and I tried to channel him a little bit, which is a bit cheeky. I loved being a little bit street as well, that's just how I like to roll, like a gangster. So I really tried to bring that to the night guard, even though I don't think that was really envisaged with a character like Tilly , that's quite a posh name."

'The Pitch Perfect' actress also joked she got some advice on how to portray the character from Oscar winner Daniel Day Lewis - who is renowned for his method acting techniques.

Discussing how she prepared for the role, Rebel joked to BANG Showbiz: "I guarded a museum for 18 months, I spoke a lot to Daniel Day Lewis and he said if I wanted to win an Oscar I'd have to put in the hard yards."

Rebel walked the red carpet at the movie's UK premiere in London on Monday night (15.12.14) and was joined by several of her co-stars including Ben Stiller - who is reprising his role as museum night guard Larry Daley for a third time - and his wife Christine Taylor, Sir Ben Kingsley, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens and his wife Susie Hariet and Ricky Gervais who was accompanied by his partner Jane Fallon.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 38min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Shawn Levy
  • Cast: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Owen Wilson
  • UK release: 19 December 2014

Former museum nightwatchman Larry (Stiller), now a manager at New York's Museum of Natural History, goes to London to rekindle a magical object. Stiller looks bored, and despite some refreshing cameos and the last, shining glimpse of Williams, it's so laboured and lousy it makes you want to punch yourself in the face.

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