Video:Tangled Interviews - Zachary Levi and the Directorswith Rebecca Murray
Zachary Levi voices Flynn Rider, a bandit who reluctantly helps out Rapunzel in 'Tangled,' the 50th animated feature film from Disney. At the movie's premiere, Levi and directors Byron Howard and Nathan Greno chatted up this charming animated film.See Transcript
Transcript:Tangled Interviews - Zachary Levi and the DirectorsRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' Tangled.
Zachary Levi - 'Flynn Rider' in TangledSo the directors and the writer have all been saying you threw in more funny lines than were actually in the script.
Zachary Levi: "While I greatly appreciate that sentiment and I do feel like they A) allowed me to ad-lib a lot and I really appreciated that, and I know that they used some of that in the film, Dan Fogelman wrote a great script with a lot of funny moments in it so I would really hesitate in saying that I brought more funny than what was already there."
How easy was it to play Flynn? He's an interesting guy.
Zachary Levi: "I wouldn't say easy because I think any character's dynamic and you want to play a lot of different beats with them and all that stuff, but certainly it was a lot of fun. He starts one character and ends the movie as a kind of totally different guy. Not totally different, but definitely very different, changed by his experience and interactions with Rapunzel along the way. You want to play characters like that. You want dynamic, interesting characters that go on a journey and change, you know? It's amazing. It's so much fun. I got to do all the really fun physical stuff with Maximus and Pascal. It's an amazing little adventure movie and I'm really honored to be a part of it."
You say that like they're real people that you went on an adventure with.
Zachary Levi: "Well you know what though? I mean, yeah it is funny and yet at the same time they might as well be because the animators are so good. That's why you're able to look at characters in Beauty and the Beast or... Although Beauty and the Beast is a little different because while they were all like inanimate objects, they were animated with faces and all that stuff. I mean look at Aladdin. Look at Abu and the carpet, you know? I mean two characters that aren't real, that not human - the carpet didn't even have a mouth. It didn't have a face, but he emoted so well all through the wonderful guidance and talents of the animators that have been working at Disney for so long. We had that same experience. You get Maximus and Pascal, animals that express so much without saying anything."
And you're going to put out an album next, right?
Zachary Levi: "I might. I don't know. If I feel like somebody really knows what they're doing and has the ability to do that, if they were to come to me and say, 'Hey, I think you have what it takes and I'd like to take a shot on you,' I would be honored to do it. Yeah."
Tangled Directors Byron Howard and Nathan GrenoThe 50th Disney movie, you guys feel a little weight on your shoulders doing that one?
Byron Howard: "A little bit. Yes, a little bit."
Nathan Greno: "I might fall down."
Byron Howard: "It's a nice round number. We didn't actually know it was the 50th feature from Disney until about six months into the process. And then someone did the math and they said, 'Oh, by the way guys, you're making the 50th animated feature.' And we're like, 'Okay, great, more pressure.' But it's terrific. We were already putting a lot of pressure on ourselves to make this the best film it could possibly be, but then you know we love legacy. Nathan and I love classic Disney, but we said to each other, 'We need to make this a contemporary film, very smart characters, smart dialogue, fresh humor, a lot of emotion.' People come out of this film saying, 'I didn't expect to cry.' They cry like three or four times and we love that. We're making these movies for ourselves as well. We want movies that make us laugh, make us cry, and we couldn't be prouder of the job our crew did on this film."
Nathan Greno: "And John Lasseter, I mean if you want the John Lasseter seal of approval, you have to work incredibly hard. Incredibly hard! I'm surprised we're standing right now. And John, by the end of the movie he came up to us, he gave us a big hug and he said, 'You guys did it.' And for us, John Lasseter - he's the man. He's done it all and if he approves your movie, you're good to go."
I need to about the Rapunzel versus Tangled debate. It's Rapunzel so why can't we just call it Rapunzel?
Nathan Greno: "I think, here's the thing, if you've seen the movie, you'll understand the name change. We looked at where we were a year into it, we looked at the film and where it was and we said, 'You know, this movie is about two characters.' This movie is about Flynn and Rapunzel, and in the same way that if you looked at Toy Story you wouldn't call that movie Buzz Lightyear, right? The same way with this movie. It's a duo."
Byron Howard: "That's true. And when Nathan and I started looking at changing the title, we looked at about 300 different options. Some of them were terrible."
What was the worst?
Byron Howard: "Well one of the worst ones was The Adventures of Flynn Rider. That was the worst one."
Nathan Greno: "You wouldn't do that. I think in the same way you wouldn't call it Rapunzel. It would be like you're just representing one side or the other. You need a name that's both."
Byron Howard: "We kept coming back to Tangled. INdividually, we kept coming back to that Tangled title saying, 'Do you like this one?' It could mean so much and it seemed clever and smart and sophisticated, and it fit the film. That's where the decision came from. We love that people are embracing it. It gets people's curiosity up and we love that."
And I love the dorse.
Byron Howard: "It's a dog horse. Horse dog."
Is that what the animators came up with or your idea?
Nathan Greno: "No. Well what happened was we looked at this was the 50th animated feature from the Walt Disney Animation Studios, and we looked at there's been a number of animated horses before. And so were like, 'We have to do something new.' This whole movie we were like, 'We have to do something new.' And when it came to the horse, when it came to Maximus, we looked at everything that's come before him and we said, 'What if this character was a dog?' 'What if this character was a dog horse? Let's do something new.'"
Byron Howard: "He's a super tough dog horse. He's the Tommy Lee Jones of horses. He's going to track this guy down. It doesn't matter what. He's going to track him to the ends of the earth and bring Flynn Rider to justice, and he's determined. He's got a single vision, this horse, and people love him. Everyone will want one. Everyone will want a Maximus. He's adorable."
More on Tangled: