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There’s nothing like story with a good villain. And in the upcoming Storks, there are two distinct characters trying to sabotage the noble mission of the protagonists: The cunning CEO of megacorporation Cornerstore, a majestic stork named Hunter (Voiced by Kelsey Grammer), along with his faithful and somewhat insane employee, a tiny megalomaniac bird named Pigeon Toady (Voiced by Stephen Kramer Glickman).
Some of the biggest laughs in the film come from this odd couple, so when I attended the Storks press conference in Los Angeles last month, I talked to the actors about embracing the bad guy role.
Beeb Ashcroft: Your characters in this film are such polar opposites from each other –
Kelsey Grammer: But we’re fighting the same fight. We’re on the same team. (laughter)
Beeb Ashcroft: That’s true! So, what attracted you both to your roles, and what was the process like in bringing that to life?
Stephen Kramer Glickman: Well, you know, playing a character like this, who just wants to become powerful and is looking up to his [Kelsey Grammer’s] character the whole movie, so trying to achieve that greatness and will do absolutely anything to get it – those are really fun characters to play, because you’re not just playing like, “I’m an evil villain.” You’re playing a character that has goals and wants.
And he knows why he wants to be boss, you know? There’s no doubt of why he wants the power. Power hungry characters are always really, really fun to play. And so, I had a great time playing him, especially with a voice that’s kind of not typical for a character like that. He comes off so, you know, lax and easy, but it’s just a form of distraction.
Kelsey Grammer: It’s a smokescreen.
Stephen Kramer Glickman: It’s a smokescreen, yes.
Kelsey Grammer: Well, I am attracted to animated films basically because I have children and because I am grateful to all the actors that voiced the movies that were important to me when I was a child.
I still think that animated films are probably the best movies being made today, and I think that may have been true for a long time. 101 Dalmatians is still one of my favorite movies, and I watch that all the time with my daughter. So, every time somebody calls me to do one of these, it’s a presumptive joy.