Video:Neil Patrick Harris, Bruce Campbell on Cloudy with a Chancewith Rebecca Murray
Neil Patrick Harris voices a monkey named Steve and Bruce Campbell is Mayor Shelbourne in 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,' the animated 3D family comedy based on the popular book by Ron and Judi Barrett.See Transcript
Transcript:Neil Patrick Harris, Bruce Campbell on Cloudy with a ChanceRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the Los Angeles premiere of Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Neil Patrick Harris – The Voice of 'Steve' in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
So why a monkey? Why did they ask you to voice a monkey?
Neil Patrick Harris: "What a ridiculous question. Why a monkey? I mean, come on. Look at this. I think…I don't know. I love monkeys. I love monkeys in my everyday life. I wish monkeys were…you could have a pet monkey. I'd have like an orangutan so we could that funny bit to each other where I'd do his lips like that. He'd punch me when I punched him."
What if he was more funny than you are?
Neil Patrick Harris: "Well he probably would be. Monkeys are innately hilarious."
And you really only had like eight words to say in this?
Neil Patrick Harris: "I have eight words to say but they have a lot of impact, these eight words. They have many variations of said eight words. Yeah, I'm really looking forward to seeing it."
How are preparations going for the Emmys?
Neil Patrick Harris: "Yeah, preparations are good. I'm a little nervous. I think if I wasn't it would be a bad thing. But we've got a lot of How I Met Your Mother staff is writing for it. I just love their sense of humor so I think that it'll be a unique comedic take on the Emmys. Singing might be in the cards; I don't want to give away too much because I want people to watch."
Bruce Campbell – The Voice of 'Mayor Shelbourne' in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
So what's it like to work on a kids' movie?
Bruce Campbell: "It's cool. Yeah, it's cool because you want to try as an actor you want to do a little bit of everything. You know, you can only kill zombies for so long. You got to entertain the masses and the kids. And what happens is actors have kids so sometimes they go, 'All right, I'll do a kids' movie.' But it's fun because it's just completely different. There's no swearing. There's no carnage, no decapitations, no nothing. It's very different. It's nice."
So there's no R-rated version of this where you'll be killing?
Bruce Campbell: "There's an unrated DVD version. It's for foreign release. There's a couple of scenes they had to take out for today, as you can imagine."
So you're voicing the mayor?
Bruce Campbell: "He's a very little man, very Napoleon complex kind of deal with a big pompadour. He's a schemer and a dreamer, and he wants to get money into the town of Sardineland and he finds out that there's a scientist who's making water into food. So he's going to maybe change the name of the town into Foodtopia. But, as you might imagine, things don't always go according to plan."
That never happens in movies.
Bruce Campbell: "No, no. But this one it does, that's why it's so rare."
So what food do you want to see fall from the sky?
Bruce Campbell: "I would go with limburger cheese."
Bruce Campbell: "I could rub it on my chest when I have a cold."
What's happening with Evil Dead?
Bruce Campbell: "We're probably going to do a remake."
Are you okay with that?
Bruce Campbell: "I am because we're going to just try and make it scary, you know? We want to make it a scary movie with technology that we can now finally use where you don't see garden hoses spewing fake blood."
But that was the fun part about Evil Dead?
Bruce Campbell: "Well, this will still be fun, too. It will."
It'll lose the campyness factor.
Bruce Campbell: "We don't know. It depends on how we do it. We're still trying to decide what we're going to do, what the approach is."
Has Sam [Raimi] asked you back for Spider-Man 4 yet?
Bruce Campbell: "They can't make it without me. I just had lunch with him the other day and we agreed that there was going to be no Spider-Man 4 without a pivotal role for this guy."
He didn't tell you what it's going to be?
Bruce Campbell: "He never does. That studio stuff, it's all secret. They can't even… They give you the script, they give you maybe the pages that you have. I can't even learn my own dialogue – that's how secret it is. Like this movie was so secret they wouldn't even give me the script. I'm like, 'Well, how am I supposed to act?' They go, 'That's your problem.'"
Yeah, you figure out it. That's why you get paid.
Bruce Campbell: "Right. 'You're an actor, act.' Isn't that weird?"