Mor­timer, whose cred­its in­clude

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Shut­ter Is­land, Lars And The Real Girl and Match Point, was stunned at how Las­seter and his wiz­ards at Pixar pro­duced such an in­trigu­ing story and life-like an­i­ma­tion.

The ac­tress also has never im­pressed her seven-year-old son Sam as much with a role.

‘‘ My son’s cred at school went sky high when his friends found out I voiced a char­ac­ter in Cars 2,’’ the 39-year-old Mor­timer says.

‘‘ But what I find amaz­ing about the film is it’s not a pas­tiche of a spy movie – it is a spy movie. It is more glam­orous, sump­tu­ous, hi-tech and mar­vel­lous than most live-ac­tion movies in the genre.

‘‘ I was so over­whelmed by the look of the film.’’

Las­seter, 54, who took on the ti­tle of chief cre­ative of­fi­cer of Walt Dis­ney’s an­i­ma­tion stu­dios when Dis­ney bought Pixar five years ago in a $ US7.4 bil­lion stock deal, has of­ten said there is a lit­tle of him­self in two of Toy Story ’ s lead char­ac­ters, Buzz Lightyear and Woody.

Af­ter a trip to Italy to re­search Cars 2, Las­seter re­alised there is also a bit of Mater in him.

‘‘ We went over to the Ital­ian Grand Prix in Mi­lan and the Red Bull For­mula 1 rac­ing team were so gen­er­ous and opened their doors to us and showed us ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing invit­ing us to the Red Bull party at the Mi­lan Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art,’’ Las­seter re­calls.

‘‘ I thought, ‘ Great, this party will be fun’ and I dressed up how I nor­mally would, which is how you see me now [ a bright coloured Hawai­ian-style short­sleeved, but­toned-up shirt].

‘‘ I walked in and only then did it hit me ‘ This is Mi­lan! The home of Ar­mani, su­per­mod­els, cou­ture!’ I felt like Mater.’’

Slightly em­bar­rassed, he headed to the bar. ‘‘ I was like ‘ What can I drink?’ he says. ‘‘ The an­swer was Red Bull and vodka, of course, and let me tell you, that drink hits you like a sledge­ham­mer.’’

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