Larry The Cable Guy has been a staple in our family since the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. I wasn’t surprised to find him helpful, smiling, and just having a wonderful attitude. Emily Mortimer, a mother herself had this elegance about her that made me admire her even more. Below is the Q & A for their interview.
Larry: I wore Red to match.
Emily Mortimer: We spoke last night. [UNINTELLIGIBLE]
Larry: I don’t know. It took me longer to pick this than it did for her to pick that.
Question: You’re a Fashionista.
Larry: Hey, I’m not kidding. I was in today, at the hotel and I go like this to my wife. I don’t know, what do you think? The blue one or the red one? Should I do sleeves, maybe? No, no, I don’t know. So I decided on this.
Question: What do you think it is about Mater that is so endearing to children, that is so iconic?
Larry: 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.
Question: And he has an innocence about him.
Larry: He’s got an innocence about him. They love his teeth. The kids like the way he looks and you know, and yeah…
Question: Emily, what was it like working with all these guys?
Emily Mortimer: It was really cool. I mean, first of all, it’s fantastic looking this good in a Movie. I normally do parts where I never get to wear Mascara or you know, or have a Blow dryer on my hair and um, and — and I just look far from glamorous. So I don’t think I will ever look as good as I do, as Holley Shiftwell. And um, and I’m not normally this sort of, you know, together empowered Spy Car type. In fact, my friends will make me run for a bus just to give themselves a good laugh so I’ll totally malcoordinated really in real life.
Um, uh, and so it’s — it’s fantastic to get that opportunity. My — my instinct with the part was to be much. Well you know, it, she changed over time and I went in there thinking you know, if this was me and this was my first mission in the field, I would be just so shitting myself, and terrified and I kind of played it like that and um, and — and although I think it was kind of funny. In — in a way, I think, in a way to allow the main character more room to be the fish out of water, you know, we kind of, we — we pull tone that down a little bit more and also to give, to have an empowered Female part in, um, in a — in a guy — guy’s world surrounding by, um, all these — all these men, you know.
It was important that she wasn’t just this sort of uh, hopeless person.
Larry: But you kind of like made it from last year because Mater started out as a small character saying Oh. That’s what they did with Emily. They liked what she did with the part and they liked what, how she was like bouncing stuff off Mater and they had that little thing going so they had some more stuff and rewrote a bunch of that. And that gave, that whole scene with those two. That’s some pretty good heart in there too. It’s a pretty good little relationship they got.
Emily Mortimer: Yeah, yeah, and she’s — she’s charmed by his rustic charm. [LAUGHS] Um, yeah, rustic, rusting charm.
Question: Is it important to you especially as a Mom and a girl, to have this empowered this Female role and Pixar tries to have a girl in every movie who is empowered and is a Female. Why do you think it’s important?
Emily Mortimer: You know, it’s interesting. It is such a good question there because I have, I don’t think of myself as a sort of inadvertent, comma, Feminist.
Larry: And yet I do. [LAUGHS]
Emily Mortimer: I — I’m more, and I play the part. I think I play a… I mean, someone was saying — saying something about the way that, um, that kids are with them playing ball and things as a woman, that they were always kind of like the– They’ve been on some road trip, a friend of mine be on some road trip with their family and the kids were always, like whenever she came to catch the ball, you know, in the games they were playing outside, um, it was always like, Oh Mom, come on. You know, the Mom will never be able to catch it, whatever. And she found herself actually lying about her achievements, pretending she was in all sorts of like Teams at school, in order to order to kind of stop them making such assumptions.
And I was thinking to myself, actually, you know what? I do that. I play into that a little bit with my son. He’s always thinks of me as this sort of hopeless sort of dappy thing and I play that part a little bit and — and I don’t think I want. I think now I’ve got a daughter cause my son is 7 and my daughter is 1. I — I think it is more important to me to think, kind of think about that more, you know, and what it is I’m doing every time I’m sort of pretending to be a hopeless dippy Female and — and of course I’m not.
I mean, you know, I mean, I am at times. But I’ve, you know, I’ve got a career and I’m a you know, hopefully organized and I can sort of live my– And I should let that be more of this… I don’t know what I’m saying but anyway, you know what I mean. [LAUGHS]
Question: We know exactly what you mean.
Emily Mortimer: You sort of know what I mean. Anyway, so yes, I was very pleased to be able to play finally and to be told to my natural instinct to be a bit kind of I don’t know what it is I’m doing here and how — how does one be a Spy? Actually No, make her stronger. Make her but she does — she doesn’t though. She wouldn’t be in this job unless she knew what she was doing. And so that was, it was good to bring that out cause it’s a new phase of my life, power women.
Question: Talk about how you got this Voice part.
Emily Mortimer: Well we had a similar thing, um, where we, you know, I think it’s probably the same with I don’t know whether it’s always the same but you get — get asked to do the job and — and you don’t realize quite how much has gone into them asking you to do the job. You know, they’ve been researching you probably for months and — and — and watching all your movies and understanding who you are but you just get a call like 3 days before saying can you come and — and do a voice in a Pixar movie? And it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal apart from it’s so cool to be offered a Pixar movie. So you say Yes. Then you get the script and it’s quite hard to decipher because it’s not like a normal script, cause it’s this very convoluted animated sort of world.
And um, and so you turn up just thinking it’s gonna be a day or two of — of work, and it turns into a year. And — and so, I — I didn’t — I didn’t realize — I didn’t realize the, how — how cool of a part it was and — and that the potential of, you know, thing that I was getting myself involved with. I was just psyched to be asked to be a voice in one of the movies and then it grows organically, you know, from now, and you start really collaborating with John Lasseter and — and….
Larry: I didn’t even get a script.
Emily Mortimer: Really.
Larry: You got to look at a script?
Emily Mortimer: Well I got something resembling a script. I got something resembling a script, which I didn’t really, couldn’t really read cause it didn’t make sense. But um.
Larry: I went — I went out and I knew what we’re doing too. They storyboarded it for me. I went out for a voice session. I didn’t, I just went out and they storyboarded it for me. John told me how the movie was gonna go. And it was pretty cool. Mater’s doing some cool stuff in this movie. I didn’t think it was mostly about Mater. I had no idea til I started reading the movie and I’m going, Hey, this is, Mater’s in a lot of this movie. Hey, It’s pretty much Mater’s movie and my [UNINTELLIGIBLE] Laughs.
I didn’t even think about it. I didn’t even know.
Question: Larry, what was your reaction when you saw Mater or heard that he would have some guns and….
Larry: Oh, like this. That was pretty neat. I thought it was, uh… At first, I thought, boy it’s kind of… This is really different. At first, when I heard about it. Now that I’ve seen it, and I was doing it, in the process of doing it, the cooler and cooler it got. You know, and it makes perfect sense too cause the first movie was just this romantic jaunt down Route 66 and me, I think about times gone by.
You know, you want to revisit them. I mean, and it was really cool, the small towns are getting smaller, and so now, you’ve got the characters established. You’ve got what they do. This was like awesome, the way they went with it, completely 180. Now they’re all established. Mater and McQueen, they’re over there and after I saw it, I was 10 minutes into it. I go Man, this is unbelievable. I mean, I remember we were watching it together at home. This is so cool. So it’s awesome and — and the cool thing about it is they kept the heart in it.
They — they kept the relationship, the friendship factor in it. They kept everything in it. They just added a ton of action.
Question: Mater got her done.
Larry: He got her done. Yeah, he did. He got her done.
Question: I would say my two favorite, most favorite characters are the two that you are.
Emily Mortimer: Isn’t he freaking brilliant in this film? It’s amazing.
Larry: I love you.
Emily Mortimer: Performer. It’s like one of the great comic performances. You’re gonna — gonna win awards for this. I really think so. Like it’s just so enjoyable, every little moment that you get with that character in this movie, you just want to laugh hard.
Larry: Yeah, it was really cool.
Question: There was a parallel between the transformation that Mater made as well as Holmes because they both started off having weaker characters and they progress into more….
Emily Mortimer: We’ve been talking a lot about that being, putting — putting yourself in unfamiliar situations being such a part of our lives as performers, and we spend half our lives feeling that way, as most people do. I mean, I think anyone that’s kind of trying to live a life and — and experience things and do things and challenge themselves as — is often feeling inadequate and like they don’t quite know what they’re doing. And — and um, and that’s a very familiar feelings as an Actor. You know, Performer.
Larry: It’s cool in the Movie that we both get thrown into a situation that we’re not familiar with at all, like she, they throw her into being a Spy. And she doesn’t want to do it but she’s got to do it, and I — I don’t even know what’s going on. Then when I realize, here I now I actually got to do this myself. You know, but yes, it’s kind of like in real life, our real life, the way we, you know, uh, do our shows and stuff. I mean, you’re acting in my shows. You get thrown into these situations and people would think that you would be nervous or scared or but she is, I am, every time I go onstage, I freak out.
She, every time she acts, she freaks out cause you, it’s just the fear of am I gonna be able to do this. Is it gonna be as funny as it was last time? Am I gonna be as good as I was last time? And it’s kind of the same as that movie, Mater and Holley Shiftwell. They’re in a situation they’re frightened of being in. But yet, they have to perform in this situation. So it’s kind of like the same as — as we do.
Question: Final question.
Larry: Final question, we just got here. [LAUGHS]
Question: They asked in an earlier session, what was your favorite part of the movie that you just enjoyed doing?
Emily Mortimer: Um, well I just enjoyed all of it. It was such a really kind of… It felt like it shouldn’t…
Larry: Sorry, these are really good. I apologize.
Emily Mortimer: I keep thinking he must be so noisy on these machines.
Larry: Oh is it really? I didn’t know, and I’m sitting here going like this. [LAUGHTER] What is that? That’s Larry eating candy. His 5th piece. Idiot!
Question: We do have sound on our [UNINTELLIGIBLE LAUGHTER]
Emily Mortimer: Um, I can’t remember. I said I loved every single minute of it. It was too enjoyable. It was — it was just a thrill to be in the company of John Lasseter making this film and — and to just feel that this is a guy that does it how it should be done. You know, somebody that is just so passionate and gets such a kick out of what he does and is so bright, and pays such attention to detail and is so collaborative and kind. It’s just amazing. There’s such a good… But my best moment of all was when we watched, the day that we watched the movie and I had my little boy with me. He’s coming tonight for the Premiere too but he, you know, he hadn’t seen it before and he — he’s 7 so he’s the perfect age for this and he’s known Pixar all his life.
And — and the moment where I get wings and I fly and he turned to me and he went, Mom, you’re amazing! And I, and that was just like, Oh my God, you can’t! That’s the, you know, it was just so great. And he’s not usually that impressed by me. So it was really cool. What was your best bit?
Larry: 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.
***I was flown out to LA for the Disney DreamWorks Event, but all my opinions are my own.***