I am sure you’ve been waiting for this – my exclusive blogger interview with America’s favorite dad, Eugene Levy, or as we now know him, CHARLIE! Eugene Levy plays Dory’s dad, Charlie, in Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory movie, and you know what? He’s absolutely perfect for the part!
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Don’t pay attention to that less-than-friendly face, Eugene Levy’s one of those people whose face is just as animated as the characters he plays. He was laughing and smiling for most of our interview, and made us all laugh and smile too!
We asked how he became involved in Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory:
Well, I got a phone call. I got a phone call and it was a lovely call. Asking me if I wanted to be a part of it. Of course I said yes. I kind of jumped at it. Didn’t take too much thinking to be involved in the sequel to Finding Nemo so it was lovely.
The story line here was a great story line. Nemo was so kind of funny and had such a great emotional impact to it that Dory, when I read the script had the same emotional impact. You could feel it when you were reading it so you knew you were onto something hot.
We asked about improvising during the production of the movie:
Ellen’s the star of the movie. She can do whatever she wants. There was some kind of ad libing. You do have to take a bit of a cue from the director.
He’ll kind of let you know where the sections are that he feels a little improvising might be beneficial, you know. But there were times every now and then, and it is fun when it works. Andrew’s a great laughter so it’s always very encouraging.
We asked Do you think that kind of has a way to get extra hope or extra advice or support to parents who have children with disabilities?
Well, I mean I hope so, but I think that parents who have kids with disabilities, they kind of know what they have to do and how to do it because it takes an incredible amount of patience and perseverance.
If you’re not at all familiar you would have no idea how much energy and perseverance and patience that it takes. I think parents that have kids that have any kind of impairment are, I think they’re doing the job, you know. If they pick up anything, from this movie then that would be a wonderful thing.
We asked One of the things I loved about your character is how charmed he was of Dory and that never was a disability to him. How did that play out for you may be thinking back to parenting your own children or thinking of other parents that you’ve encountered of really having that spirit of affirmation?
It’s always great to play a parent who is that supportive and kind of life affirming. One of the great things again about how this was written is because this dad always tries to be funny, to lighten the load, and not make it quite so heavy and not make it quite so scary for Dory.
You’re hoping this kind of positive feedback that you’re just putting out there might actually help trigger something. Maybe you get enough positive vibes out there and things will start to happen with Dory and, of course, it does because she does manage to figure out how to navigate very difficult situations.
One of the questions we asked each of the stars of Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory was which character was their favorite – aside from their own, of course!
I have to say the little Dory is my favorite character because when I first heard that voice I honestly I got so emotional. They actually showed a little section of the animation which hadn’t been fully fleshed out yet but that’s the first time I heard the voice and I mean I almost burst out crying. It was just so — I’ve never heard anything so sweet in all my life.
About Finding Dory
Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.
You can catch the FINDING DORY movie trailer here – it will make you laugh!
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