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Will ar­nett makes bat­man funny inThe LegoMovie.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By Rick Bent­leY

WILL Ar­nett is cer­tain he had the eas­i­est job of any of the voice talent who worked on The Lego Movie be­cause he takes on the one char­ac­ter most people will recog­nise: a pint-sized ver­sion of Bat­man.

Asked about the in­spi­ra­tion, Ar­nett says he read the Old Tes­ta­ment re­peat­edly. Af­ter get­ting the de­sired laugh, he of­fers a more se­ri­ous an­swer. Find­ing the voice started dur­ing the first meet­ings with The Lego Movie di­rec­tors Phil Lord and Christo­pher Miller.

“We came up with the idea of look­ing at all of the Bat­mans who have come be­fore – back to the Bat­man be­fore the orig­i­nal di­nosaurs – and try­ing to see what would make us laugh,” Ar­nett says. “The first cou­ple of (record­ing) ses­sions we spent a lot of time find­ing that voice and what was work­ing and what wasn’t work­ing.”

The fun of play­ing the role for Ar­nett was get­ting to change the rules when giv­ing voice to the tra­di­tion­ally dark and brood­ing char­ac­ter and cre­at­ing a ver­sion of Bat­man that doesn’t fol­low a typ­i­cal path. What Ar­nett and the di­rec­tors de­cided was that the more se­ri­ous Bat­man tried to take him­self, the fun­nier the char­ac­ter be­came.

One of the ways they made Bat­man fun­nier was to have Ar­nett sing a Bat­man song. Ar­nett sar­cas­ti­cally says it was “a treat” to do be­cause he doesn’t have what’s con­sid­ered a tra­di­tional singing voice.

Ar­nett, who is chiefly known for his on­screen work – from Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment to

In his cur­rent CBS com­edy se­ries, The Millers – has plenty of voice work ex­pe­ri­ence. Along with The Lego Movie, he’s the voice of the squir­rel Surly in the film The Nut Job. He’s also been a voice talent in The Simpsons, The Cleve­land Show, The Se­cret World Of Ar­ri­etty, De­spi­ca­ble Me, Sit Down Shut Up, Mon­sters Vs. Aliens: Mu­tant Pump­kins From Outer Space and Rata­touille. Ar­nett also has a new an­i­mated se­ries in the works for Net­flix.

Voice work was a way Ar­nett could pay the bills when he was start­ing out. Now, it’s be­come what Ar­nett calls “a fancy sec­ond job” he looks for­ward to do­ing.

“It’s such a fun world. I love do­ing voice work be­cause it’s such a fun process,” Ar­nett says. “I like it be­cause you can go and be in a dif­fer­ent world.”

The worlds couldn’t be much dif­fer­ent with the two movies now in the­aters, where he goes from self-cen­tered squir­rel to self-con­fi­dent su­per­hero. And both voice jobs are much dif­fer­ent than the work he’s do­ing on the CBS sit­com The Millers, where he plays a newly sin­gle tele­vi­sion re­porter whose mother (Margo Martin­dale) moves in with him.

The comic chem­istry be­tween Ar­nett and Martin­dale has helped make The Millers a top-rated new com­edy. Ar­nett says the se­ries just hap­pened to have the right cast and writ­ing to give him a hit.

Not only does voice work help pay the bills, but be­ing in The Lego Movie has won him some added adu­la­tion from his three-year-old son.

“He keeps call­ing it The Lego / Bat­man Movie,” Ar­nett says. – The Fresno Bee/McClatchy-Tri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

The Lego Movie is cur­rently play­ing in cin­e­mas na­tion­wide.

Sounds fa­mil­iar: Will ar­nett has lent his voice to many hit TV shows and films, in­clud­ing The Simpsons and rata­touille.

TheLego Movie, ar­nett voices bat­man, while Chris Pratt is the voice of em­met.

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