During my stay in LA with Disney discovering Cars 2 I had the opportunity to interview Owen Wilson and Eddie Izzard along with 21 other bloggers. I’ve always thought of Owen Wilson as being a very famous actor, but never really thought about what it would be like to meet him, and Eddie Izzard, well I’d never heard of him before. I feel like since we don’t have cable anymore, it’s like living under a rock. The only news stream I get is either from my husband or from twitter.
Having no expectations at all helped quite a bit. Many of the moms felt like Owen Wilson was showing signs that he had somewhere better to be. I thought he just looked tired and maybe he was a mommy blogger virgin you know. Of course he is a famous actor and should be used to all kinds of crazy out of this world media exploits right?
Cars 2 came out Friday and Owen Wilson (Lightening McQueen) took a smaller role this time allowing Mater most of the spotlight. Some of the moms wondered if Owen felt slightly jealous of having a smaller role and that’s why he had the shy laid back attitude during the interview. I can’t imagine living the life of a star, it’s just too much smiling for me. Anyways, you’re probably wondering what Owen had to say to us right?
He talked about working as a Parking Valet and a huge perk was getting to drive really fancy cars. He spoke about boarding school and I’m really not sure what the point of that was, and we also chatted about the grossest thing he’s ever eaten. You know, in Cars 2, Mater eats a HUGE helping of Wasabi. The worst thing he’s ever eaten was a Vegemite. He said, “Yeah it was the foulest tasting stuff ….. I couldn’t even swallow.”
We then asked both Eddie Izzard and Owen Wilson What was your favorite scene in the movie. For Owen it was when Mater had the bomb on him. “when we were doing the stuff there is this scene where you know I’m telling uh you know uh– you know Mater is trying– we’re saying, “You’re the bomb.” Uh you know that, that– I thought that was a really funny sequence to do. Uh no, no you’re the bomb.”
Have you ever wondered what it’s like for an actor to be a voice verses being in a live action film?
For Owen, “I’d say for me it’s actually easier because you don’t have the distractions of wardrobe hair and makeup. And you know everybody is kind of around. And it’s a harder leap ta’ kind of get into your imagination than for me where it’s just– you’re just kind of in your head at the microphone and you just ….it’s more like a little kid when you’re just kind of playing you know make believe. Uh, uh so for me it’s, it’s, it’s easier actually.” he likes being a voice actor. Eddie on the other hand prefers the live action. He said, “I think it’s more difficult.…. There is a certain thing about the way you are, the movement. The, the attitude, what– even what you’re wearing. How, how you’re looking. I just shaved my head for a part. You know that certainly changes your feel. But if you haven’t got that you’ve just have the voice. It is harder. You have to give what you can and then they go and animate.
Eddie was quite excited to be working on a spy film. “I mean the spies, everyone wants to be a spy,” so he was a little disappointed to find out that his character didn’t get any action. Owen found it pretty exciting and noted that it should appeal to kids saying, “Yeah I think that there’s something about you know spying you know that really appeals to kids. I know like growing up you know we always wanted you know binoculars or you know these– there was something that supposedly you could do with like Dixie riddle cups where you could heat or could create like you know anything that was like kind of secret or you know spying on people.”
I was most curious on knowing what it’s like to work at Pixar. Both of them had different stories on how much they liked Pixar’s offices and both commented on John Lasseter’s clothing choices. We all know he likes to wear custom made Hawaiian shirts.
Just in case you’re like me and have no idea who Eddie Izzard is, he plays Sir Miles Axlerod in Cars 2, is well known for being a comedian earning a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for outstanding achievement and has received a British comedy Award for tip stand-up comedian.
Oh and his favorite car choice is “Aston Martin DB5.” He said, “If they made one like the Thunderbird…..A new Thunderbird that was based on the old 60’s model……But if they did the Aston Martin DB5 like the James Bond one”
Oh and did this post seem a little random, you should see the interview transcript. The whole conversation was RANDOM.
Photos and trip expenses were provided to me on behalf of Disney.