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Based on the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and a prequel to the events of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, Oz The Great and Powerful has been gathering quite a buzz since images and trailers started releasing late last year. Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams the Disney feature from Sam Raimi may have been quite different if Iron Man had accepted the role back in 2010.

What made producers turn down freakin’ Robert Downey Jr.? RDJ was one of Sam’s top choices to play Oscar Diggs, the “Wizard” of Oz, and in an act of good faith the director gifted him with a plant hoping to lure RDJ to the role. Months later at a meeting at the actor’s home Raimi noticed the plant wilting in a corner, and ended their talks.

It sounds completely made up, a plant cost RDJ, the living Tony Stark, a chance to float in magic bubbles for Disney. This is one of those “too weird not to be true” stories and the filmmaker declined to comment in the article from The Hollywood Reporter. So, you can practically spit on the Spider-Man film trilogy, but you mess with horticulture and Sam kicks your ass to the yellow brick road.

Maybe it’s for the better though, Iron-Man 3 is right around the corner and new clips from Oz the Great and Powerful are already here. Check them out after the jump.

Two new clips, showing Oz’s interaction with traveling companions Finley and China Girl, voiced by Zach Braff and Joey King respectively and little family discussion between Theodora and Evanora.

And alongside that is a special thirteen minute featurette of behind-the-scenes filming on the set. Special thanks to Collider for sharing the videos.

Sources: Collider, The Mary Sue

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