Watch: Steve Carell reveals how he came up with Gru’s voice
Your face is familiar from comedies like The office and The 40-year-old Virgin, as well as his dramatic roles, as foxcatcher and Beautiful boybut there is only one voice that we all associate with Steve Carell.
The unique tones of the master villain, Gru, of My favorite evil. And he was chosen by his children.
Chatting with Yahoo ahead of the release of his latest release as Gru – Minions: The Rise of Gru – he described how he came up with the voice we all know. “Initially, I just played around with a few different ones,” he recalled.
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“I wanted it to be kind of threatening, but not really. More the kind of guy who thinks he sounds more menacing than he really is, and with a tone that actually makes you laugh at the same time.”
The critical moment came when he let his children hear his voice for the first time. “I tested it on my kids and that’s what made them laugh, so I took it,” Carell said.
Gru’s band of dedicated helpers, the Minions, have a unique language of their own. It’s not always easy to understand, even if some familiar words escape, and while Gru usually speaks to them in English, Carell revealed that there are times when he’s ‘broken into Minionese’.
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But it’s not an easy language to speak, he admits. “I can do it if I practice, but I can’t just start,” he admitted. “It’s hard. It’s really hard.”
Minions: The Rise of Gru is Carell’s fifth appearance as the character, but this time he’s a 12-year-old boy, desperately planning to join the supervillains, The Vicious 6.
Things don’t go as he would initially like, but with the help of Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and a new Minion, Otto, along with former The Vicious 6 leader Wild Knuckles (voiced by Alan Arkin), he finds a way. to achieve his number one dream: to be a supervillain.
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With the prospect of playing the role for the sixth time just around the corner – Despicable Me 4 will be out next year – Carell described why he keeps coming back to the character and the series as a whole.
“I have a great affection for the whole thing, for the group, it’s a family that does these things”, he explained.
“And it’s a lot of fun, it’s very collaborative, they’re great to make and fun to promote. It’s putting something sweet, kind, and pleasant in the world. I really don’t see a downside to that.”
Alongside Carell, Minions: The Rise of Gru has an all-star voice cast, with Julie Andrews, Pierre Coffin and Russell Brand returning to the fold, plus newcomers Arkin, Taraji P Henson, Michelle Yeoh, Dolph Lundgren, Jean Claude Van Damme and Danny Trejo.
Minions: The Rise of Gru is in theaters from July 1, 2022.
Watch a trailer below.