This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the premiere of epic at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC and while
I can’t tell you much about it just yet, (other than GO SEE THIS MOVIE…you & your kids will LOVE it!) I can tell you about some of the characters and the stars that voiced them, who I was thrilled to be able to chat with at a blogger round table.
My kids and I arrived bright and early and had the chance to be photographed on the “Green carpet”. For the next hour and a half we were treated to a viewing of this heart-warming, visually stunning movie in 3D..and let me tell you, seeing this movie in 3D you are transported into a beautiful forest world where the characters and gorgeous scenery surround you and make you feel as if you are part of the action.
After the movie we headed over to the Madarin Oriental in Columbus Circle where we had the opportunity to chat with the stars of the movie and ask them questions about their characters and how they felt about being part of this amazing project.
First up were Aziz Ansari ( Parks & Recreation) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) who voiced the lovable and hysterical Mub & Grub. A little background here; Mub (Ansari) is a slug who fancies himself to be a “ladies man” and Grub (O’Dowd) is a snail who is a wanna-be warrior. This comical duo keeps you laughing throughout the movie and in person they were no different. You would never know by the chemistry that these two shared that they had only worked together for one day in the beginning stages of the movie, the rest of their scripts were recorded separately.
At first they were a bit taken aback with a room full of bloggers as this was their first “Blogger Round Table” but they quickly acclimated themselves and shared some of their thoughts about the movie and their involvement…and more than a few quick witted jokes!
When asked if they needed a little convincing to get on board with being part of epic here is what they had to say:
Aziz Ansari: “I’d worked with some of the same team before on a little film called Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. And so, I knew it was that team, and we had a lot of fun working together on that. And it just seemed like a cool idea to do an animated film set in this universe. So, I signed up pretty quickly and was on board.”
Chris O’Dowd: “Yes, I wasn’t 100 percent sure, to be honest, because I hadn’t done it before. And I thought, I don’t know if I’ll enjoy it. But, I realized Chris [Director Chris Wedge], was so enthusiastic, and he brought me into this room where they had started doing a lot of the early drawings for it, and it just looked so magical. So, that was very, very tempting. And then, I really wanted to work with Aziz.”
We asked them if they would do more animated films if they had the chance:
Chris O’Dowd: “I think so. It is fun. It’s a different kind of skill, but I really enjoyed it. So, yes, hopefully something where I’m more attractive would be good.”
Aziz Ansari: “Not another snail part? You don’t want to get typecast as a snail in every part.”
Chris O’Dowd: “Well, that’s the thing – I’m just going to get a lot of mucous based characters.”
Aziz Ansari: “Well, Chris, we don’t have any snail based characters in this one, but maybe the next one.”
Chris O’Dowd: “Yes, I hope so. I’d like to.”
Asked about their favorite scenes they were quick with their answers:
Aziz Ansari: “I enjoyed the scenes where Mub was hitting on MK. ( MK is the teenage heroine in the movie & is voiced by Amanda Seyfried) That was fun. I like the idea of a slug that’s that confident in himself to where he thinks he can get it going with a human being – very ambitious.”
Chris O’Dowd: “ I liked meeting Beyonce.”*(who voices the part of Queen Tara)
Aziz Ansari: “In real life when we tried to meet Beyonce, her security came and escorted us away – “we’re Mub and Grub.” Sure, guys.”
It was really great to have the chance to meet with these two, they were so funny and really loved being part of the epic cast.
More to come tomorrow with interviews of Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried, and Director Chris Wedge. Stay tuned and don’t forget to mark your calendars for this Friday May 24th when epic hits the theaters!
Written by Susan Pazera