November 08, 2018  admin No comments Interviews

An old holiday classic is getting a fresh coat of paint with The Grinch. This animated reboot comes from Illumination, the animation studio responsible for hits like Minions, Sing, and previous Dr. Seuss adaptation, The Lorax.

The original voice of Christmas’s most notorious ne’er-do-well was horror legend Boris Karloff, best known for his roles in films like 1931’s Frankenstein and 1932’s The Mummy. In the 2000 live-action version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the title character was played by Jim Carrey under layers of make-up, for which the film won an Academy Award.

This time around, the title character of The Grinch is voiced by star of stage and screen, Benedict Cumberbatch. Best known for his roles as Sherlock Holmes in the acclaimed BBC series and as Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Cumberbatch has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most talented, charming, and utterly likable thespians working in the movie business.

The actor spent some time answering our questions about The Grinch, shared some of his favorite childhood Christmas classics, and expressed his enthusiasm for Netflix’s upcoming release of Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book adaptation, Mowgli.

Before we begin, don’t worry, I’m not even gonna ask about Doctor Strange and The Avengers, since I know I’m not getting anything out of you!

Yeah. That would waste all of our time! (laughs)

You have an incredible voice. You’ve done a lot of voice acting, from narration and animation to motion capture. So what drew you to this role in The Grinch?

I think the book has certainly been part of my childhood, but it’s not as popular as it is in the States. I knew the book, but I didn’t know the Boris Karloff or Jim Carrey incarnations, but I was aware of the Carrey one, but I think I was too old to watch it. I mean, I was in my 20s, it was about twenty years ago. Anyway, the point being, I was very flattered. It’s Illumination doing an animated feature, and what’s not to love about The Grinch? He’s wonderful, iconic, and green. It was a joy to be a grinchy Grinch. It was terrific. They wanted me to use my natural accent for the voice, which was very nice, and they said they loved the way I speak, but I thought, he’s gotta be American, especially in the context that the rest of the cast is mostly American. It took four of five sessions to get the voice right. The script was so good, and Illumination’s back catalogue was so good. The animation I got when I came in was very limited, but it was already very exciting. It was just excellent. Continue reading  »