Video:Julie Andrews and Jack McBrayer Despicable Me Interviewswith Rebecca Murray
Julie Andrews provides the voice of an overbearing mom whose son's one of the world's greatest villains in 'Despicable Me,' an animated comedy from Universal Pictures. Jack McBrayer also gets in on the fun, voicing two different characters in 'Me.'See Transcript
Transcript:Julie Andrews and Jack McBrayer Despicable Me InterviewsRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the World Premiere of Universal Pictures' Despicable Me.
Julie Andrews - 'Gru's Mom' in Despicable MeYou play the villain's mother. Does he get all of his villainous traits from you?
Julie Andrews: "Absolutely. No doubt about it. Take a look at her and you'll know what I mean."
This is kind of interesting because it's told from the villain's point of view. Is that what attracted you to the script?
Julie Andrews: "No, it was just a wonderfully original, unique little script with a wonderfully individual look to the whole film. It's got a kind of European feel to it. It's very original."
European? How so?
Julie Andrews: "There's a kind of look to it, there's a kind of style. And actually the animation was done in France. It was actually drawn in France and somehow you pick up on something... I can't explain it. It's not like some of the animated films that you might have seen before. It's very, very much its own animal."
And in 3-D.
Julie Andrews: "Yes. It's the first one I've ever seen as an animated film in 3-D, so I'm looking forward to it."
Jack McBrayerSo you play a tourist in this, right?
Jack McBrayer: "Yes, ma'am. I believe I play two characters. I play a big tourist who's Southern of course. And I also play a carnival barker when they go to the fair."
So carnival barker, tourist, which is closer to you?
Jack McBrayer: "I guess tourist. I'm still kind of a tourist here in Los Angeles."
Is it fun to just voice a character and not have to physically get into it?
Jack McBrayer: "It is super fun. It's a little intimidating."
Jack McBrayer: "Well when you're just acting on a show or in a movie or something, you're with somebody and you get some sort of feedback and response. When you're voicing a character that hasn't even been drawn out yet, it's kind of just you selling it and then just hoping for the best."
Is there a tendency to almost go overboard to get the character or do you keep it under control?
Jack McBrayer: "Well, I mean I do that one thing that I do."
Which you do so well.
Jack McBrayer: "The good news is the director's there to either rein it in a little bit or just help tweak it. So I'm glad to rely on the expertise of others."
When you read the script did you know immediately it was for you?
Jack McBrayer: "Well I didn't even get to read a whole script. One of the producers comes to me with a character design and kind of a basic idea, and so you just have to trust that the script is going to be good. But of course I was just thrilled to be able to do any sort of animation. I just said yes wholeheartedly and then you hope for the best."
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