I had no idea what to expect when meeting Mater the undeniable star of Cars 2, Larry the Cable Guy met and exceeded all of my expectations. I was surprised to find that Larry the Cable Guy doesn’t change his voice at all, he is Mater. Listening to him, I could picture Mater driving around and getting into trouble. Also, Larry the Cable Guy is true to himself. He dresses like he wants to, he’s comfortable, and arrives on the Red Carpet in shorts and a button up shirt. So I decided the best way to discover who Mater really is, go to the source, Larry The Cable Guy.
When Larry the Cable Guy was asked, What do you think it is about Mater that is so endearing to children, that is so iconic? He said, “Aw, he’s just a good guy. He’s just a fun little animated character. He’s nice, he’s funny, you know. Uh, everybody wants to hang around with him. He’s a faithful friend. You know, plus he’s funny. He says funny things and he does fun things. Kids like that. Well, Adults like it too. So I think that’s pretty much what it is.”
We’ve all known from the very first movie that Mater has a lot of heart. He cares about his friends and we discover just how far he’ll go for his friends in Cars 2. Mater even puts his own life on the line to save Lightening McQueen. The bad guys put a bomb inside Mater, and once Mater realizes it he does everything he can to get away. But that’s not all he does to show his huge heart. He develops feelings for Holly too! Even Larry was quite impressed with how Cars 2 kept Mater true to his character from Cars 1, “they kept the relationship, the friendship factor in it. They kept everything in it. They just added a ton of action.” Mater is the star of Cars 2 and he managed to not let it get to his head. He is all the action behind Cars 2, he and Holly both were thrown into being spies.
What was Larry’s favorite scene in the movie Cars 2 you might ask?
“Uh, in the, I like the part were Mater, uh, eats the Wasabi [UNINTELLIGIBLE UNDER LAUGHTER] More of that Ice Cream! Boy, come on, it’s free, ain’t it? I get some. I do. Let’s go, it’s free. Move on there! Get her done. That’s, I like that part, you know.” He later said that was something he would do himself. Like I said, Larry the Cable Guy is Mater.
Photos by Disney used with permission. My Trip and expenses were provided by Disney.