This week Megamind hits theaters with a new twist on the old superhero tale! The film is led by some of funniest and most well known voices in the business; Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, David Cross and Brad Pitt. As you could have guessed Brad Pitt wasn’t able to attend the press conference because… well he’s Brad Pitt and him going outside let alone sitting in front of press might have caused the Four Seasons to crumble. But luckily for us the comedic trio,Will, Tina and David were in attendance along with the director of the film Tom McGrath.
As one could have guessed, this was a mixture of a press conference and a stand-up routine. Check out the madness below…
Will, you’re really leading this film. Was that exciting?
Will Ferrell: Well, let’s see. I don’t really consider myself front and center of this fine cast (looks behind him and sees a poster with his character front and center). Well… hmmm…I guess I am. I really haven’t done a lot of this stuff before. I love this premise, I felt it was so original. To get to be in a film with this cast is the most exciting part.
Will, it sounded like you’re working with a British-y accent, how did you decide on that?
Will Ferrell: You know, it’s so disappointing; it’s not your fault. I’m actually doing a Lithuanian accent. It just shows how bad of a mimic I am. But, no…it’s just the accent of someone who thinks they’re important. I’ve been working with Tom and we landed on that and thought it would be appropriate for this guy. When it comes down to it he’s just completely insecure.
Tom McGrath: Will took the idea that this guy wasn’t formally educated. He took that handle and I kind of ran with it. The comedy from this was always trying to be into its own world, coming from character. A couple things we did shine a light on was this character called “space dad”, who went from a kind of Tedd Kennedy to Marlon Brando. [Will] saw the design for this character and thought “I’d like to try a Marlon Brando, a lispy Marlon Brando,” and we were laughing so hard in the recording booth that we [screened it for] the crew and they were laughing so hard they didn’t even catch any of the dialogue, so we knew that was going to work for the movie.
Tina, you often playing a reporter…
Tina Fey: I am one of America’s fake reporters, so I am going to have a fake show on CNN. It was fun to step into this very archetypal Lois Lane type of character. I really like her in this story, she’s a modern version of that in that she’s active and intelligent, and looks like Sharon Osbourne.
Do you like the look of your character? And how was the experience recording rather than being in front of the camera?
Tina Fey: I really like how she looks, I like her short hair and I like that she’s brunette, and that she’s an ample cam, I’m not gonna lie to you. I like how she’s drawn. I found the recording sessions very freeing because you can really try things. If you’re filling something or improvising and wasting film or the camera man’s time… with this, when you’re recording stuff first, you can try different stuff and it doesn’t matter how you LOOK while you’re doing it…I found it very fun.
Tina, if you had to pick, which one would you go for, Megamind or Metroman?
Tina: I would go for Megamind because he’s very smart, and I really do find the purple under tones of his blue skin very attractive, I really do. I think he has beautiful, beautiful skin. And he’s smaller than me. I like that. I could beat him up.
Do any of you have a life-long nemesis that has pushed you?
Tina Fey: I don’t have a nemesis but I have a series of hundreds of small enemies. Everyone I meet I assume is out to get me and that fuels my fire.
Will Ferrell: My nemesis prior to this working experience oddly enough was David Cross, but through this process we were able to hash that out.
David Cross: I’m not there.
Will Ferrell: Well I am. Whenever you’re ready.
Will, did you children have any impact on your signing on for this role?
Will Ferrell: This was just a decision based on wanting to try to do another animated movie and getting a chance to work with Tom and Dreamworks – my children were not consulted. Nor are they ever consulted about anything. It’s a very strict household!
Tina Fey: They speak when spoken to!
Will Ferrell: Yes! But they’ve seen some of the advertisements and trailers and I think they’re intrigued by the fact that I do the voice of this guy with the blue head.
Tina, do you think the Sarah Palin ghost continue to chase you?
Tina Fey: There’s a ghost!?! I think it was one of the luckiest things that’s ever happened to me. I’m going to MILK that. I’ll be doing that, God willing, til I’m 70 years old in a used car lot.
Tina and Will, what do you think Palin and Bush would have to say is they came across Megamind?
Tina Fey: He needs to be destroyed!
Will Ferrell: Right.
Tina Fey: He’s a danger to freedom!
Will Ferrell: I think he would think he looks funny. “That guy looks funny!” He’d probably say something like that.
You’re all quite famous, any chance of you retreating into obscurity eventually?
Tina Fey: I think I oughta be escorted back by security pretty soon, I don’t think it’ll be a retreat, it’ll be a police escort.
Will Ferrell: I don’t really think about those things.
David Cross: I think that’s a question for Brad.
Will Ferrell: That would be a great question for Brad.
Davis Cross: Who ironically isn’t here, which I think speaks volumes…
Will Ferrell: Amen
You’re all comedians, aside from Brad, so I imagine there was a lot of improvisation?
Tina Fey: Tom really encourages to improvise, Will and I were lucky that we go to do sessions together. Tom was very welcoming with it.
Tom McGrath: That’s why we have the cast we do, to be partners and collaborators. 30% of what you hear in the scene is improvised in ways where not only are they great actors and great writers as well, so we come in with our lines – the script was very well thought out but on a scene by scene basis we get 3 outs for every line that was much funnier than what was written.
This is a very original story with many side-plots, what would you define as your central theme and the message of the film?
Tom McGrath: Here, it’s about good and evil and what makes us who we are and whether we choose a path of good or evil – or do we believe it’s destiny. I think the main thing to take away is no matter how much you strip your own life of wrong decisions you make, it’s never too late to do the right thing and change your ways. You can’t teach old dogs new tricks.
Megamind hits theaters November 5th! Check out the latest trailer below…