Spike Jonze on uncredited role of cat assistant – The Hollywood Reporter
The animated sequel from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures Sing 2 has an impressive cast of vocal talent including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Bono, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Pharell Wiliams, Halsey, Bobby Cannavale, Letitia Wright, Eric AndrÃ© and Chelsea Peretti. During a post-screening Q&A at London West Hollywood on Wednesday night, franchise filmmaker Garth Jennings revealed there was another bold name who had put on a memorable performance but was missing from the roster. official.
“Can we draw attention to someone who is not credited as a voice but who has a role in the film?” Jennings asked the audience, filled with Academy and Guild members and a handful of children. “Do you remember Mr. Crystal the big bad wolf?” Do you remember he has a little helper cat? It’s Spike.
As in Spike Jonze, who sat a few feet away and held a microphone as he handled the moderator duties for the panel which also included Bono and The Edge from U2. Sing 2 tells the story of Buster Moon (McConaughey) and a group of performers as they prepare to put on a dazzling show in Redshore City. In doing so, they attempt to persuade the world’s most reclusive rockstar, Clay Calloway (Bono), to join in the act as they escape the wrath of Jimmy Crystal, a white wolf media mogul who runs Crystal. Entertainment.
As Jennings mentioned, Jonze voices the role of the long-suffering, hard-working feline helper. After the revelation, Jonze joked, “I was both scared and in love with my boss,” of his character’s affection for the tyrant. While he didn’t comment on how he got the part, he did say at one point during the panel that he and Jennings had been friends for over 20 years. They have similar resumes as filmmakers with close ties to the music industry having made a long list of music videos for artists like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beastie Boys, Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Beck and Vampire. Weekend, among others. Jonze, who directed She, the story of the Beastie Boys and Where the wild things are, produced the next Donkey movie, Jackass forever.
The rest of the panel focused on Bono and Edge’s participation in the sequel, which features a new original U2 song in “Your Song Saved My Life,” as well as a cover of the band’s classic, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. “Jennings said Bono introduced her to the original song right after recording her first dialogue stint for her character Calloway.” I was trying to hold it together in front of you, “he said. he said when he heard it for the first time. “It’s quite moving. It’s a really amazing gesture and an amazing song.”
Sing 2 opens December 22.