EVIL GE­NIUS

Steve Carell’s lovable anti-hero Gru has to call on his long-lost twin Dru for help in the third in­stal­ment of fun fran­chise Despicable Me

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SEANNA CRONIN

STEVE CARELL RE­TURNS AS LOVABLE VILLAIN GRU IN DESPICABLE ME 3

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 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 says.

“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.

“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 shoul­der­pad-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.

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 in all ma­jor cin­e­mas to­day

Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) must track down a large stolen pink di­a­mond in new an­i­mated film Despicable Me 3.

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