We met with Kyle MacLachlan on a busy day before the Inside Out premiere. He took the oppertunity to sit down with us Mommy Bloggers and chat a little about his role as Dad in the film Inside out, as well as life in general, and even a bit of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Who is Dad?
DAD is a fan of family, hockey and new adventures. So when opportunity knocks, he’s game—even if it means moving across the country. Admittedly, he can’t always figure out what the women in his life are thinking, but he loves them with all his heart. Inside Dad’s mind, his Emotions are—like Dad—prone to distraction, particularly if there’s a hockey game on. They also all sport his signature mustache. The mustache started as a goatee, but filmmakers wanted to emphasize that Dad doesn’t exactly fit into his new city. “We wanted to make them stand out as a conservative kind of family that just got dropped into San Francisco,” says Sasaki, who adds that the San Francisco crowds characters are pretty stylish. “You’d be able to pick our Minnesota family out of a crowd for sure.”Dad is voiced by Kyle MacLachlan, who is Dad to a 6-year-old son.
Q: One of my friends wants to know what emotions would control you?
KYLE: What would they be, controlling me? Wino would be one. He controls me after 6. I don’t know if Pete Doctor and Jonas and those guys thought of that one, and it maybe not appropriate for Riley, for that maybe. Coffee would be another one. They’re pretty much the same. Don’t you think? I was thinking to myself what emotion sort of rides Gain on me, you know, as the dominant. I would put underneath that silliness, just because that’s just kind of my nature. The rest of them would be secondary. I’m pretty silly still so yes.
Q: So as a Dad yourself, how much of the Character is you because this is kind of a normal Character departure from what you normally play?
KYLE: Pretty normal. They cut out all the other stuff I did. It was fun to do this guy because being a Dad myself, I was able to bring a little bit of my relationship with my son in and it was encouraged actually by Pete and Jonas and Ronnie, they wanted my personality so I was happy to try different things. Some worked, most didn’t but it’s always good to throw them out there just ideas.
But the process is strange cause you know, you’re sitting with a Microphone and you don’t have anything visually to work off. Pete would feed me all the information and kind of what was happening in the scene and i would read it and then I had to kind of go into my head and play it out in my head as I was doing it so it was like I was shooting my own little Movie as I was saying the words. Walking into the room and sitting down on the edge of the bed and saying things got a little hand, you know, out of the hand and I was like well now, you start asking questions like would I say that from the doorway or would I knock? So you begin to just put it together in your brain about well, let me try it this way and then let me try it starting it here. So that was the process which I find fascinating.
Most people I think would be bored to tears but I love just how to interpret those words, in the most interesting way, hopefully so that’s the difference between doing it in front of the camera where you’re actually just walking through it and you can feel it yourself to just playing it out in your head as you go so I hope that answered the question but that’s the process
Q: Do you feel like you can see their emotions in your sons head?
KYLE: I totally see it in him. He’s coming up on 7 so they’re still trying to figure out how they all work together. Joy is the dominant one for him as well but he can bring in some disgust with attitude, which I’m sure he’s picked up at school. Some of the others as well. He has this silly gene from me. That comes from my Grandmother in fact. You begin to see and recognize, not only in him but in other people as well. Like, I was doing an interview earlier where the Writer said, why don’t you take your hand off the Anger button to his son? I was like OK, so maybe this will enter our consciousness in a whole different way.
Q: Can you compare Voice Acting and standard Acting? Can you relax in Voice Acting?
KYLE: Well you know, going to work, I always say, as an Actor, they sort of tell you what time, they pick you up sometimes. They feed you, they tell what to wear. They tell you what to say. They tell you where to stand. They tell you when to stop, they tell you when to go. They tell you where to sit and you’re waiting. They tell you where to eat lunch. So it’s pretty nice not to have to do a whole lot. Voice Acting is nice because, there’s not a Camera that you have to be aware of necessarily. Although they did film all of the stuff that I was doing just to capture the physical gestures and mannerisms and a little bit to incorporate I think in the role or in the drawings.
It’s a different, as challenging because as I said earlier, I run the scene in my head so I’m recreating, cause I don’t see all the stuff. It’s sort of described, he’s at the door, he’s at the bed. I’m like, when does he get there? And how does that work and when is his line when you reach out and touch your hair, would you like pat our hand? All that is running in my head as I’m doing it, trying to recreate it up here. You get exhausted doing that actually. But there’s only 2 hour sessions so that was OK, yeah.
Q: What do you think the Audience of Dads will take away from this?
KYLE: He is soft spoken kind of Dad. He’s a gentle Dad. I think really attempting to connect with her, to understand what is going on in her brain, which of course, Pete. I don’t know if you’ve spoken to him but he talks about that inspiration of course was his daughter and trying to understand where this, vivacious outgoing joyful little Creature, she turned 11. So I think just giving your kids a little bit of space to figure it out I think would be good. Also I think, one of the things in doing the scenes with her, you know, I attempted to connect with her. Do you want to talk about it? And you realize with kids, a lot of it is about timing so if you come to them and you, you’re prepared to have a nice conversation, deep, they’re not ready. So you have to take them when they’re ready. You have to engage them when they’re ready. That could be at the most inopportune times. Um, 4th Quarter, in a great Football Game, you just have to walk away from the Football Game and engage, cause that’s when they’re ready. So maybe their understanding about that, it’s hard to do cause kids are Masters.
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