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SXSW opener “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” -- which even Steve Carrell admits “won’t be changing any lives” --  did give Olivia Wilde a chance to get in touch with her “inner Lucy.” What? She pulls a football out from under Jim Carrey? No, she has to act awkward and ungainly and do “my tiny homage to Lucille Ball, who I grew up watching obsessively.” “I’ve never really done physical comedy,” the actress said, “and here I was in a movie surrounded by all these physical comedians” – meaning Carrey, Carell and, to a certain extent, Steve Buscemi, who plays the Roy to Carell’s Siegfried. “It made me swing a little bigger and I’m happy I did. I actually didn’t know if that would make it into the movie.” Wilde’s character – Jane, whom Burt insists is named Nicole – is a member of the backstage Vegas crew when she’s drafted, »

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