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"Night at the Museum" cast reflect on the franchise's success

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 01:28

The cast and director of the latest ''Night at the Museum'' film talk about their memories of making the trilogy. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The stars and director of "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" reflected on their experiences of working on the hugely popular series at the European press junket in London this week. The third, and possibly final, instalment of the comedy-adventure franchise sees the return of many familiar faces and welcomes some new additions to the cast. In "Secret of the Tomb", Ben Stiller's character, his teenage son and the museum's come-to-life characters find themselves in London having to save the decaying magical Egyptian tablet that animates the exhibitions. The ensemble cast includes Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley and the late Robin Williams. Shawn Levy, who has directed all three films, said the atmosphere on set always felt like being with a family. The "Night at the Museum" franchise has so far generated nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Each film is packed with special effects to bring the different historical personalities and creatures to life. Former "Downton Abbey" lead, Dan Stevens, takes on the role of the knight Sir Lancelot. He told Reuters he enjoyed trying out CGI-laden fight scenes. Given the hundreds of props and outfits used, it comes as no surprise that the cast were tempted to keep souvenirs. Dan Stevens admitted to taking his prosthetic nose home, but said he would have preferred Lancelot's sword. Owen Wilson said he actually wore his own cowboy boots, while Rebel Wilson forked out $650 for her security guard hat. "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" opens in cinemas in the U.K. and U.S. on Friday (December 19). The credits for read "In loving memory of Mickey Rooney," and "For Robin Williams - the magic never ends."

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"Night at the Museum" cast reflect on the franchise's success

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 01:28