Sean William Scott (Crash) & John Leguizamo (Sid) Interview For ‘Ice Age 4: Continental Drift’
One of filmdom’s most beloved trios – ‘Ice Age’s’ Manny, Diego, and Sid – embark upon their greatest adventure after cataclysm sets an entire continent adrift. Separated from the rest of the herd, they use an iceberg as a makeshift ship, which launches them on an epic seafaring quest. Manny and the gang are challenged like never before to become heroes and do the impossible, as they encounter exotic sea creatures, explore a brave new world, and battle ruthless pirates. Scrat’s reunion with his beloved but cursed acorn catapults him to places no prehistoric squirrel has gone before. Opening in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D cinemas July 13th, ‘Ice Age 4: Continental Drift’ is directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier. The voice talents of Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo are reunited with Queen Latifa and Seann William Scott in this new instalment of the award-winning and Oscar-nominated animated series. They are joined by new voices Jennifer Lopez, Nick Frost, Aziz Ansari, Alan Tudyk, Josh Peck, Peter Dinklage, Wanda Sykes, Keke Palmer, Drake, Heather Morris, Joy Behar, Nicki Minaj, Josh Gad, Kunal Nayyar, Alain Chabat and JB Smoove.
How was it getting back into character for this possum, Crash? Did you have to go “method” on us?
Sean William Scott: (Laughs) Well, the thing is, I’ve just become such a great actor now. I feel like, and I don’t mean to be cocky about it, but it’s just like, when you get phone calls all day long from Daniel Day Lewis, Anthony Hopkins, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, just asking me how do I do it? All I can say is that I’ve got a God given gift at being so great at acting. So, with regards to playing Crash, I think that my approach to this character, like with the first time around, it was about really trying to become a possum. So I studied them, I took five different possum’s and I found that they had interesting characteristics and I put them into one. That’s what I based Crash on. So even in-between the movies, I still study possums and I think about the character. So, it was easy getting back into Crash. It’s kind of hard when the job is over to get him out of my head….even now I’m confused. (Laughs) Sorry dude, I don’t know what I was saying!
Granny gets added to the equation with Sid in ‘‘Ice Age 4: Continental Drift’?
John Leguizamo: Yeah. Sid is beside himself, he’s the happiest sloth in the world now that’s got his whole family there with him. And then they abandon him, as usual (laughs), and they dump his grandmother on him. So he’s stuck with Granny, but at least he has family. But then Granny, who’s played by Wanda Sykes, she’s a cantankerous, ornery, just mean old lady (laughs). I think all the new cast, with Jennifer Lopez, Peter Dinklage, Wander, they brought so much humour and flavour to our cast – our family. And with Wanda Sykes playing Granny, I knew that would be hilarious. Just the way she can turn a phrase and just add a little humour with that voice, it’s so beautiful.
How do you think Crash has evolved through the ‘Ice Age’ movies?
Sean William Scott: Kind of like another character I’ve played, Crash hasn’t changed a whole lot (laughs). Maybe he’s become more responsible, he has more responsibilities, I think. In having to look after Peaches, and what Crash thinks is parting good wisdom and advice to her. But other than that, he’s still a thrill seeker, he’s still looking to have a good time and party. Have fun with Eddie. Working on the ‘Ice Age’ movies, I’m really proud to be in them. I grew up, probably like a lot of people, on cartoons. And I never thought I would have the chance to be in an animated movie. It’s good also to show the world my sweet side with them (laughs).
John, how about Sid, this clumsy yet lovable character?
John Leguizamo: Well Sid, like you said, he’s this lovable guy, but he’s always getting into trouble because he’s always wanting to do things his own way. He has always saved the day at the end, but that’s because….he wrecks the day at the beginning, then he saves the day at the end (laughs). And he’s always learning a big lesson, for example, “Have confidence I yourself, but don’t get too cocky.” Also, “We can win if we stick together.” He’s always learning. Personally, I had a blast on this movie, I really did.
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