Rise of Gru star Steve Carell is bananas for the 1970s

Watch: Steve Carell gets nostalgic for the 1970s

The Minions return to theaters this week in their latest release – Minions: The Rise of Gru — which was a massive 1970s nostalgia trip for its star Steve Carell, who voices the villain’s genius.

Ah, the 70s. The decade of platform boots, flamboyant afro hair, round sunglasses and… Minions? Yep, they were nearby too, alongside a younger version of the evil Gru.

Speaking to Yahoo ahead of the film’s release, Carell revealed some colorful memories of growing up during the decade – especially when it came to fashion. “I had big, big flares – they were really wide,” he said.

Minions: The Rise of Gru takes place in the 1970s. (Universal Photos)

“I had a pair of pants when I was a kid that were bell bottoms with purple stripes. And I had big boots. As soon as my brothers stopped wearing their boots, I would be walking around in them – I was much younger than them.”

The film, which is Carell’s fifth appearance as Gru (there’s a sixth on the way next year, in the form of Despicable Me 4) also brought back memories of the music of the decade, which appears on the soundtrack.

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“I loved vinyl,” he recalls. “We had records – or my brothers had records! — that I might hear them.”

And he’s delighted to see vinyl getting a new lease of life.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 24: (LR) Kevin the Minion, Steve Carell and Bob the Minion attend the Hand and Footprint Cement Ceremony for the Illumination Minions to celebrate

(LR) Kevin the Servant, Steve Carell and Bob the Servant. (Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

While the 70s are having a cinematic moment this year – both licorice pizza and, more recently, the black phonewere set in the decade – Carell believes it was the perfect setting for an origin story for Gru and his adorable silly yellow crew.

Minions: The Rise of Gru sees his character as a 12-year-old, desperately plotting a plan to join the supervillains, The Vicious 6. Things don’t go well at first, but Kevin, Stuart, Bob and the last Minion, Otto, plus The Vicious 6’s deposed leader, Wild Knuckles (voiced by Alan Arkin), all give him the help he needs to achieve his dream. Be a supervillain.

Minions: The Rise of Gru.  (Universal Photos)

The Vicious 6 in Minions: The Rise of Gru. (Universal Photos)

“We thought it would be interesting to see the genesis of Gru’s character in relation to the Minions and it was an added bonus that this took place during the 70s so we could explore all the 70s tropes for the movie,” he said.

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The film is full of them, from the music and movies, to the fashion and groovy language that all accompanied the disco era.

The film was originally scheduled for 2020, with its first trailer released earlier that year, but delays due to COVID made it Minions: The Rise of Gru the longest animation in the history of cinema, with a campaign of almost two and a half years.

Watch a trailer for Minions: The Rise of Gru

Its all-star voice cast includes the return of Julie Andrews as Gru’s mother, Pierre Coffin as the voices of the Minions, and Russell Brand as a young Dr Nefario, along with 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.

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