Video:TJ Miller and Andrew Daly Yogi Bear Interviewswith Rebecca Murray
TJ Miller and Andrew Daly share the screen with two of the most famous animated talking bears in history in 'Yogi Bear,' directed by Eric Brevig and featuring Dan Aykroyd as the voice of Yogi and Justin Timberlake as the voice of Boo Boo.See Transcript
Transcript:TJ Miller and Andrew Daly Yogi Bear InterviewsRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the LA Premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' Yogi Bear.
T.J. Miller - 'Ranger Jones' in Yogi BearT.J. Miller: "Love About.com, first of all. Love it."
Thank you. I love it that you always say that.
T.J. Miller: "I love you."
I love you too. It's just a lovefest today.
T.J. Miller: "I'm all about About.com. I'm all about .org about About.com."
Tell me about Yogi Bear. What were you actually acting opposite when the bear was supposed to be there?
T.J. Miller: "Ping pong balls on sticks. So anybody who wants to come to me and say, 'I didn't enjoy your performance in Yogi Bear, I challenge you to deliver a monologue about an extinct turtle after being classically trained in Oxford, England, to a ping pong ball on a stick and then we'll see who's performance wasn't good in Yogi Bear.'"
"I don't want to talk about this. I'm also mad about some of the rumors about Usher and his ex-wife, okay? Enough of that. Go ahead. This is my sister, by the way."
Is he always this crazy?
T.J. Miller: "Mostly."
Is this how he grew up?
"Yes, yes, yes. Absolutely. He can be serious and a loving brother - at times."
T.J. Miller: "At times."
How much do you pay her to say nice things about you?
T.J. Miller: "You know it's a bartering system, so I give her pelts - animal pelts."
Not bear pelts.
T.J. Miller: "No, certainly not."
So tell me why families are going to love this movie, and not just kids.
T.J. Miller: "I think because the greatest challenge of a piece of cinema like this, like Yogi Bear, is to be appealing to children while having an engaging story that has some sort of visceral, nuanced performances for the adults. And I think that occurs in the film."
Andrew Daly - 'Mayor Brown' in Yogi BearSo you're the bad guy in this movie?
Andrew Daly: "I play the bad guy in this movie as you can tell, and I'm not even British. It's crazy. The bad guy in this movie isn't British."
Are you good at playing bad? Is that against character type?
Andrew Daly: "You know what? Not really. I play a lot of characters who are just sort of selfish and just passive/aggressive, and not exactly concerned with other people's feelings. These are sort of specialities of mine onscreen as they are in life. But this is an untraditional bad guy. I'm not a sociopathic bearded dead behind the eyes evil villain. I'm just a politician who's running for office and something I decide to do to balance the budget is cut down all the trees in Jellystone Park. It's as simple as that, and I don't even actually see that it's going to be controversial. What's the problem? We're cutting down some trees and it won't be a part anymore. That's fine, it'll be something else. It'll be a barren wasteland. That's fine. What's the matter?"
So he's as intelligent as most politicians are?
Andrew Daly: "Yes, exactly. He's ambitious and selfish and vain, and just all those wonderful things that we expect of our politicians."
So do you have any scenes opposite the talking bears?
Andrew Daly: "You know, I only have one scene with the bears in it. It's sort of a big climatic scene. Everybody's there and the bears are there, but I don't even actually exchange any dialogue with the bears. Which is sort of peculiar that toward the end of the movie I, for the first time, meet two talking bears and I have no questions for them. I feel like if you met a couple of talking bears you'd go, 'Hang on, I know we're in the middle of an important conversation but I have to at least talk to these bears for a minute. But it doesn't happen. They're just there."
Were you a fan of Yogi Bear growing up?
Andrew Daly: "I was a big fan of Yogi Bear. I always liked Yogi Bear's pretensions at sophistication. That's my favorite thing about Yogi Bear, and that all he claims to be is smarter than the average bear which when you think about it is not that much of a claim, you know? That's a very thin brag. And he is smarter than the average bear, but he is by no means smart. Kind of an idiot."
Are you a big fan of 3D? Do you normally see 3D movies if you have a choice?
Andrew Daly: "If I had a choice, yeah, I think I would rather see a 3D movie. I'm loving the 3D movies these days. I remember there was a spate of them in the '80s - Jaws 3D, The Destruction of Jared-Syn - Metalstorm. These movies were the 3D was gimmicks. It was all about shooting stuff out at the screen and guys with cigarettes throwing them into the screen. But nowadays 3D is being used a little bit more to enhance the visual effects of the movie. And more importantly, to bring the audience into the movie and bring the movie into the audience a little bit more so you're a part of the experience. I think that's going to help people really enjoy this movie a lot."
Do think adults taking their kids to this are going to get as big a kick out of this as the kids themselves?
Andrew Daly: "I actually really think that they are because it is a legitimately funny movie with some really, really funny characters and really funny actors. Nate Corddry and TJ Miller and Tom Cavanagh and Anna Faris, absolutely hilarious actors in this movie. It's kind of a dream comedy cast."
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