Julie Andrews

September 5, 2010 by  

Julie Andrews, She danced on the hills as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music and won an Oscar for her role as the most magical of the world’s nanny in Mary Poppins, but Julie Andrews has been on a roll, that is the antithesis of everything she has done.

“I’ve waited a long time for this,” Andrews smiles. The 74-year-old blue eyes twinkle as she leans in, ads: “This lady is so terrible, it’s delicious. I think they are completely out to lunch on the way she is selfish. She is totally self-absorbed. ”

The woman of whom she speaks is Marlena, the mother of the blatant Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), a villain whose main goal in life is to steal the moon in abject me, a computer-animated film that also the voice talents of Jason Segel and Kristen Wiig.

While planning his heist, Gru realizes the only way he can to steal the moon to establish three orphan girls who sell cookies to his archenemy, Vector (Segel). While the girls in the house of the Vector, Gru plans to steal the shrink ray he needs to complete his nasty plan.

At Andrews agreed with the film, her character was not even a name.

“I thought ‘what a pleasure’ when I heard that they do not have a name. When we started, I was asked if I would like her name. I said:” She obviously thinks she’s the cat’s whiskers, so I think I call her Marlena. ”

Andrews says she came up with the accent for her character after she heard a demo of the voice Carell as Gru. “I just could not make use of a Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins kind of voice for her,” says Andrews.

“I felt something was Eastern European accent and I thought, as his mother, I felt I had to have an influence. His voice must have flipped me, to some extent.”

What accent Gru, Carell seems flattered that they Andrews as Eastern Europe.

“Is that what she said? “Carell laughs, such as Metro takes him later in the day.

“I have no idea what kind of accent was. It’s kind of a conglomerate of Russian, Italian, German and French. He is a discreet bad guy. But then, he also got a side to him, not so bad. I would like to think of him as a loving man with a heart of bronze. ”

The dark comedy has grossed $ US300 edges million ($ 333 million) and counting and Carell believes its formula for success is simple.

“At the end of the day, children do not want all puppy dogs and ice cream,” he says. “Kids want a little intrigue and that’s why I wanted something threatening Gru.

“Things do not have children and it is important not condescending. I wanted the character a bit scary, because when he comes around, it’s a bit more worthwhile.”

From the very beginning, though, Carell says he does not think of me, as a children’s despicable.

“Not at all,” he says. “For me it was more a matter of making a good movie instead of a kids’ movie.”

Carell should know. The 48-year-old comedian has two children, Elizabeth, 9, and John, 6, and his wife of 15 years, Nancy. In the film, Gru’s cold heart thaws as he grows with the children he has adopted. Having children, Carell says, will do that for you.

“I’ve seen this movie twice and even in spite of myself, I cried both times,” he says.

“The second time I went,” Um, I do not cry. ” But when Gru the story at bedtime to read to children, it gets me every time, because that’s what I do. I read a story to my children every night. My wife and I play with our voice and it’s the best part of our lives. ”

Tears begin to well in his eyes. “See!” Carell laughs. “Until you have kids, you do not know. It does change you. You can not help it.”

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