I was pretty damn stoked. I got to sit in the same room as Julie Andrews. Yes, thee Julie Andrews of Mary Poppins, Sound of Music and S.O.B. fame. I never realized how much I had wanted to be in the same room as her until… I was. She is pure grace, class and seems to glow in all her dame-ness. But I have to say, Steve Carell, Jason Segel and Miranda Cosgrove weren’t too shabby either.
Now, there have been a slew of reviews of Despicable Me from bad, to good to great. Personally? I thoroughly enjoyed it. And not because I had the honor of doing the whole “press junket” thing for the film. I thought the film was visually interesting and had a great story. (You can check out my review of the film here). So what did the actors themselves have to say about the film?
His kids loved it. He said, “They both were overjoyed. They knew I played Gru and my six-year-old son said, “It was great, but why didn’t you play a minion?” He thought they were so cool! I’m that close to being cool in my kids’ eyes… if only I’d been a minion.”
On the film he said, “It’s the quintessential story of becoming a parent. Someone has their life structured the way they want it to be — or they think they want it to be — and then they have kids and everything changes.” He added, “To watch a super villain go through that is really funny. When I first saw the movie, I got all welled up at the end. And the second time I saw it with my kids, I thought, “Nope, I’m not doing it this time; I’m not going to get teary-eyed.” But I did it again! Because that character is definitely going through what a parent goes through, and finding the power of that connection is overwhelming. There’s nothing else like it.”
When asked “Was it hard to think about being a diabolical mother?” Julie replied that, ” At first it was. Oh God, I don’t want to disappoint any sweet young children that might be coming to see it because they think I’m still Mary Poppins. I [realized] my character has absolutely no idea she is as appalling as she is. She is totally self-involved and has no idea that she is this terrible woman. [Once I realized that], it was okay; it was great fun.”
Great fun indeed. To read the complete interviews as well as interviews with other cast members Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) and Jason Segel check them out here.