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Cars 2: Owen Wilson Talks Spies, Playing Army & If His Son Will See The Film

Owen Wilson at the Cars 2 Premiere

Owen Wilson has gotten all shiny, slick and bright red …again. The ever busy actor has revisited his iconic role as Lightning McQueen in the Pixar film Cars 2.

In this new 3D high octane flick, Owen’s character Lightning McQueen – along with his sidekick Mater – travel the world in a global race when they get tangled up in a spy thriller ala James Bond.

We got to sit down with Owen Wilson to chat about the allure of spies, what he likes about doing voice overs and if his son will ever see the movie.

Check out our interview here!

On the allure of spies:
I think that there’s something about spying that really appeals to kids. I know growing up we always wanted binoculars …you know spying on people.  That whole world that Mater ends up sort of falling into.  And you know the gadgets of the spy world.  I think that’s particularly attractive to, not just kids, but me too.

On doing voice over work vs. live action:
For me it’s actually easier because you don’t have the distractions … you got wardrobe and you go through hair and makeup.  And everybody kind of around.  And it’s a harder leap ta’ get into your imagination than for me where it’s just–  you’re just kind of in your head at the microphone — it’s more like a little kid when you’re just kind of playing make believe.  So for me it’s easier actually. I was really into uh playing with soldiers as a kid you know.  I had the army and cowboys. I spent time as a little kid having these little wars and things. So I wonder if I got used to being able to kind of playing it out with stuff in my head.

On pressure to do well on a kid’s movie now that he’s a father:
My son is only 5 months old. So I’m not feeling a great deal of you know creative pressure  on me at this point. When asked if he’ll show him Cars and Cars 2 he replied that, “He’s welcome to see any of my work.”

On John Lasseter:
It’s like he’s like an over grown kid.  And he has that kind of enthusiasm. I would think that if I had done what he’s accomplished that I would have a tendency to coast.  It seems like the most important thing when he was in there working on this movie.

Full Disclosure: The author participated in a press junket for the above coverage and was the guest of the Walt Disney Company while attending. Any opinions presented here are purely held by its author and do not reflect those held by Pixar Animation Studios or the Walt Disney Company.

 

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