Jane Fonda talks to Screen Rant about voicing a dragon in Apple TV+’s animated film Luck, what it means to be the CEO of Good Luck, and more.
Luck‘s star-studded voice cast includes the likes of Jane Fonda, who portrays Babe the Dragon, known as the CEO of Good Luck. The Apple TV+ and Skydance Animation film follows Sam Greenfield (Eva Noblezada), who endures a mountain of bad luck in her life. When she encounters a lucky black cat named Bob (Simon Pegg) and discovers a lucky Penny, Sam embarks on a journey to the Land of Luck. Fonda’s Babe the Dragon oversees the secret dimension that manufactures lucky and unlucky scenarios for the human world. Luck is directed by Peggy Holmes and additionally features Whoopi Goldberg and Flula Borg.
Fonda’s illustrious acting career dates back to the 1960s. She won a pair of Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performances in 1971’s Klute and 1978’s Coming Home. Fonda recently concluded her Netflix series Grace and Frankie.
Screen Rant spoke with Fonda about her character, Babe the Dragon, and the impact Luck can have on audiences.
Screen Rant: You got to voice a dragon in this film. How much did you enjoy representing this character?
Jane Fonda: I just had a really good time. I was very happy to be able to play a dragon who’s the CEO of the Land of Luck. I thought she was a wonderful character. I was very happy to be part of creating her.
The CEO of Good Luck is a very cool distinction to have. What do you think this title signifies in terms of the real world?
Jane Fonda: Well, in the real world, there is no CEO of the Land of Luck. Good luck and bad luck in the world are all woven together. They’re the opposite sides of the same coin. Good luck makes no sense without bad luck.
Now, what I like about my character, the dragon called Babe, is that she is smart enough and flexible intellectually enough to move away from her initial feeling, which is, it’s all good luck. There can only be good luck. Bad luck is terrible. Stay away. When she receives new information and her eyes are opened, she’s able to say, “Ah, I understand.” It’s all part of life and bad luck is really not always so bad. It can teach you things. It can lead to good luck.
This is a time when so many people feel let down by events outside of their control. Can you speak on the kind of impact a story like this can have on audiences, whether it be big or small?
Jane Fonda: I always hope that the film will help people understand that they can have agency over their lives. Don’t give up hope. It may look very dark and bleak, but fight for what you want. Fight for what you need. Don’t just take it sitting down. Turn to action and fight for what you need and that’s how we’re gonna change things.
Your character intends to rid the world of bad luck but changes her mind at the end. What’s the pivotal factor that compels her to make that decision and restore a balance between good and bad luck instead?
Jane Fonda: I haven’t seen the movie. I’ve just come back from Italy, making a movie, and I can’t remember, but I think it’s something that Sam teaches her. I think it’s Sam that teaches her to accept bad luck.
From Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation comes the story of Sam Greenfield, the unluckiest person in the world! Suddenly finding herself in the never-before-seen Land of Luck, she must unite with the magical creatures there to turn her luck around.
Luck is available to stream on Apple TV+.
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