Ryan Reynolds Interview For DreamWorks Animation’s ‘The Croods’
‘The Croods’ is a 3D comedy adventure that follows the world’s first modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures – and their outlook is changed forever. In the film, Emma Stone voices Eep, the families rebellious teenager who’s trying to drag her family kicking and screaming into the future. Her nagging feeling that there might be more to life outside the family cave is confirmed when the Croods embark on their journey. Written and directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon, Lilo & Stitch) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps), ‘The Croods’ also features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke. Look out for the film from March 22nd. My interview with Emma Stone for ‘The Croods’ can be read here (lots more to come).
Can you tell us a little bit about your character in ‘The Croods,’ Guy, and how he evolves through the story?
Ryan Reynolds: I think Guy changes quite a bit during ‘The Croods.’ When we meet him he’s a guy who’s on his own, he doesn’t have a family to speak of or anything like that, but he’s somewhat evolved, he’s quite articulate in the world of survival. He can start a fire and he can do these other things that the Croods can’t, and that’s really just out of necessity. Guy’s life is full of variables, whereas the Croods lives have been pretty static. And Guy has been exposed to new things every day because he’s constantly on the move.
As we carry on in the story we actually come to realise that he’s quite lonely, that he’s lost his family and he needs these people more than they need him, to some degree. It’s an interesting group because they really need each other on this journey. Also I would totally win the award for “Best Caveman Torso”. They drew me a nice upper body in this movie, I didn’t have a shirt once. I often wondered the practicality of that (laughs).
How did you find the voice recording process on ‘The Croods’? Especially considering you’re playing a character full of imagination….
Ryan Reynolds: A day on an animated movie is frighteningly easy (laughs). I’d love to be able to give you a sob story on how it was just a whipping line, but it was easy. You spend two hours in a booth, go over the top as you can, then they invite you to come back two months later and do it again. It was a great job (laughs). Like you said, because he’s been on his own, Guy is forced to rely on his imagination, so he lives inside his head a lot. And that’s a great thing to play because he can be as over the top as you want him to be. Guy has no limits because he’s constantly thinking.
I really enjoyed the family dynamic in ‘The Croods’….
Ryan Reynolds: That was one of the things I really liked as well. I think they sort of follow the similar archetype of a family you’ll see today. There’s similar dynamics in place. The dad has this sort of antiquated view on the world and how it should be. He’s trying to keep his family safe. His heart is in right the place but his mind isn’t. He wants them all to stay exactly where they are in time and space. I can see exactly how a modern father can be that protective today as well, not wanting their daughter to leave the house, let alone date (laughs). And that’s what’s happening in ‘The Croods.’
And then visually, how was it for you sitting down and watching the finished animation?
Ryan Reynolds: That was amazing. I think a filmmaker does something wonderful when they create a world that you actually want to live in. I think this world and its multiple terrains we go through as the Croods journey goes forward is pretty amazing. They created probably one of the few 3D films that I think really, really warranted 3D. I think the treatment of it is incredible. With someone like Roger Deakins consulting on the film and all the people working on it, they just really made a beautiful world. I loved that, I loved what these lunatics over at DreamWorks put together (laughs), it looks incredible.
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