Dou­ble the fun

Twin brother adds an­other di­men­sion to De­spi­ca­ble Me fun

Central and North Burnett Times - - SCREEN LIFE - with Seanna Cronin

GRU is the bad guy ev­ery­one loves. The un­con­ven­tional hero at the heart of the De­spi­ca­ble Me fran­chise gave up a ca­reer in vil­lainy to look af­ter his three adopted daugh­ters, much to the dis­ap­point­ment of his adorably ram­bunc­tious min­ions.

But he still in­dulges in the oc­ca­sional bit of mis­chief, like blow­ing up un­wanted vis­i­tors and thwart­ing the plans of other vil­lains.

A char­ac­ter with a heart of gold but an edge of dark­ness is what ap­pealed to funny man Steve Carell when he ac­cepted the role from Il­lu­mi­na­tion En­ter­tain­ment.

“I liked the fact that they were cre­at­ing an an­i­mated movie with a hero that was kind of a bad guy, and it didn’t seem your run-of-the-mill kids’ movie,” he tells Week­end.

“I be­lieve kids love a lit­tle tiny bit of dan­ger.

“When I cre­ated the voice I thought it should be a lit­tle dan­ger­ous, but not too scary to al­low for the silli­ness and the light­ness to come through as well.”

In the third De­spi­ca­ble Me movie, Carell gets to bring a new char­ac­ter to life – Gru’s twin brother Dru.

Sep­a­rated as ba­bies when their par­ents di­vorced, the sib­lings are fi­nally re­united as adults.

“Not only is there the play and fun but the an­tag­o­nism that goes on be­tween brothers and the push­ing of each other’s but­tons,” Carell, the youngest of four brothers, says.

“I can only imag­ine what it’s like for twins. You know that per­son bet­ter than any­one would. There’s a re­ally spe­cial dy­namic go­ing on there.”

But Gru dis­cov­ers his brother is every­thing he’s not. Dru is up­beat, has flow­ing locks of blond hair and missed the fam­ily’s vil­lain gene.

“There needed to be ele­ments of him that were sim­i­lar to Gru, but his cen­tre had to be a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent,” Carell says.

“I fig­ured he needed to be more earnest sound­ing, and his vo­cal qual­ity should be lighter and higher. He’s a bit more friv­o­lous and prone to giddy laugh­ter, which Gru is not.”

Gru agrees to let Dru help him track down bad guy Balt­hazar Bratt, an 80s TV child star who holds a grudge against the world. They must try to re­trieve the large pink di­a­mond the shoul­der-pad-wear­ing vil­lain stole twice, both times in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion.

It’s the lat­est in a long string of es­capes for Balt­hazar, which leads to Gru and his wife Lucy’s sus­pen­sion from the Anti Vil­lain League.

South Park co-cre­ator Trey Parker joins the De­spi­ca­ble Me cast as Balt­hazar, whose retro gad­gets and 80s ref­er­ences are sure to en­ter­tain par­ents.

“When I saw the ren­der­ings of what his char­ac­ter was go­ing to look like it was hi­lar­i­ous,” Carell says.

“Peo­ple like Trey and Kirsten Wiig (Lucy) can do great voices, but they’re so ver­sa­tile com­i­cally that they can also im­pro­vise and try dif­fer­ent line read­ings that you would never ex­pect. Il­lu­mi­na­tion re­ally al­lows peo­ple the free­dom to bring their own per­sona to it.”

Carell’s most im­por­tant crit­ics are his chil­dren Elis­a­beth and John, who have grown up watch­ing him in the fran­chise.

“My son was in kinder­garten when the first one came out,” he says.

“He can’t wait for this one. It’s been part of his world from such a young age, and my daugh­ter too. She’s 16 and she still loves them. As of yet they have not out­grown them.”

Also re­turn­ing are Mi­randa Cos­grove as Margo, Dana Gaier as Edith, Rus­sell Brand as Dr Ne­far­i­ous, Steve Coogan as Si­las and Julie An­drews as Gru’s mum.

De­spi­ca­ble Me 3 opens na­tion­ally on Thurs­day.

PHOTO: UNI­VER­SAL PIC­TURES

◗ Gru meets his twin brother Dru in a scene from the movie De­spi­ca­ble Me 3. UN­CON­VEN­TIONAL HERO: The third film in De­spi­ca­ble Me fran­chise will de­light.

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