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Amy Adams on 'Batman v Superman' and not needing an Oscar

The five-time Oscar-nominee jokes that actors need to be trained in how to act for green screen.

With "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," Amy Adams gets her second crack at playing comic book icon Lois Lane, who she first played in 2013’s “Man of Steel.” Apart from getting to see Ben Affleck’s incarnation of the Caped Crusader, the five-time Oscar-nominated actress, 41, learned a few new things —like the fact that Superman’s stomping grounds Metropolis and Batman’s Gotham are actually quite close to each other, geographically speaking.

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I didn’t realize Gotham and Metropolis were so close.
Yeah, I didn’t either. I remember [director] Zack [Snyder] trying to explain to me when we were shooting certain scenes, and I’m like, “Where is this?” And he’s like, “It’s here.” So it’s across the parking lot in my world, but on a green screen.

Have you gotten used to that yet as an actor —the amount of green screen?
I feel like I’ve done a lot of green screen now. I just did a film called “Story of Your Life” [the forthcoming film from fashion designer-turned-director Tom Ford] and I was literally just talking to a green screen for a lot of the movie. I feel like as an actor it’s my job create a world that doesn’t exist, except in the world that we’re living in, that we’re creating. So it’s just another element that you add to it.

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It just seems like a skill they didn’t emphasize as much 10 years ago.
No, I don’t really think they teach acting to a tennis ball in colleges or universities. They probably should add that to the acting program.

I don't know if you heard, but a recent poll decided that now that Leonardo DiCaprio has an Oscar, you're the next on the list for people to feel it's due.
Really? Oh gosh. I have a list. I can think of some people [more deserving]. Annette Bening, Glenn Close … but that’s nice, that’s very nice.

We could get a campaign started for you.
I don’t think about it. I sort of conceded a long time ago that that probably wouldn’t happen, just given the odds. That hasn’t been part of my motivation. I wouldn’t give it back if they gave me one, but I don’t poo-poo the whole idea of it. It’s just if I spent time thinking about it, that seems like something petty to feel sorry for myself about.

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How great would it be if they announced a winner at the Oscars and the person was like, "No, I'm good"?
“Uh, yeah, no. That wasn’t really my best work.” Can you imagine? “I think someone else did better work, I think we all know who that person is, I’d like to give it to them.” I don’t think that that’s happened.

You could be the first.
No, I wouldn’t do that. I wouldn’t tackle someone to get to the stage, but I’m not gonna … no.

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