Angry Birds in town

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Com­edy star Jason Sudeikis is gen­er­ally as­so­ci­ated with laugh­ter, but he was happy to tap into a hid­den emo­tion in new movie Angry Birds. The 40-year-old, a former sketch writer on Satur­day Night Live who has gone on to land big roles on the big and small screens, lends his voice to main char­ac­ter Red in the 3D an­i­mated movie based on the pop­u­lar video game. Red, as the ti­tle of the movie sug­gests, is a bird with anger prob­lems. An out­cast on Bird Is­land, he is sent for anger man­age­ment lessons over an un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent with an un­hatched egg. Sudeikis, a hap­pily mar­ried fa­ther and wildly suc­cess­ful A-list celeb, is tongue and cheek when asked whether he had to har­ness some in­ner tur­moil for his role in the movie. He joked: “It has put me in touch with my in­ner anger, yeah, as does waking up. “There’s just a ton in my world that makes me angry and ticked off. It’s one thing af­ter an­other, from the per­son that I get to sleep next to and my child to my sup­port­ive fam­ily and cool sis­ters and great friends. My anger Bingo card is full.” Red is the only bird aware of the ap­par­ent danger when a ship full of green pigs, led by Leonard (voiced by Doc­u­men­tary Now star Bill Hader) lands on the is­land. An­other Satur­day Night Live vet­eran, Hader ad­mits film­ing was a blast. But it’s harder than you might imag­ine. He joked: “Peo­ple go, ‘isn’t it so easy and fun?’ I’m so brain­dead af­ter yelling for five hours, say­ing the same line, over and over and over again.” While the movie is fun, there’s some­thing to be learned from Red’s story arc. Sudeikis said: “I think speak­ing for your­self and stand­ing up for your­self is a good thing to learn, re­gard­less of your age or your height.” He adds: “We’re bet­ter at act­ing like anger doesn’t ex­ist, but it still does. Let­ting it out, ev­ery now and then, is a healthy thing. May it never go too far, one way or the other. Don’t hold it all the way in and don’t let it all the way out, but a lit­tle toot of anger, ev­ery now and then, is a nice thing.”

BIRD BRAINED: Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader teamed up for The Angry Birds movie

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