During my super exciting trip to LA to attend the world premiere of Finding Dory last week, I got to meet Albert Brooks and Hayden Rolence, who play Marlin and Nemo in Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory. They were so fun to interview, and Hayden was absolutely adorable and his excitement over being in a Disney Pixar movie was contagious!!
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We asked Albert Brooks about if he was a worrier like his character:
Well when my children were younger I worried more. Now I worry less and I pay more.
We asked: How did you go about finding familiarity in this role?
It only took him about 20 seconds to find his voice for this role, because while we may have been waiting 13 years for the sequel to Finding Nemo, in the movie, only one year has passed!
Because they didn’t age the character, as long as you’ve got your wits about, you can do it. It’s like no time passed. But if they’re going to make a third one, they better hurry up…I’ll have to have a wheelchair.
Hayden was excited for his first premiere – but of course he was also nervous.
Last night was the first time I saw it. I was really excited to see the film and I just knew all the hard work it took to get to where to where I’m at right now. I was just really excited and astonished.
We asked what message they liked the best in FINDING DORY…because there were many!
Albert Brooks: It’s funny without being sarcastic. It’s heartwarming without being schmaltzy and I think people will be surprised that there’s more maybe more feeling than they thought. I don’t like to tell people what to do emotionally. But I came out with more emotions than I thought I would. And so I think that’s a good thing.
Of course we had to ask Hayden how he reacted when found out he landed the role!
I was actually at school when my parents got the call from my agency. My parents told me that I had an audition that day. So my dad got out the camera and then they told me the news. I was sort of in disbelief at the beginning, I’m like you guys are joking with me right? But once I realized that they weren’t actually joking with me, I was astonished. I couldn’t believe it!
We wanted to know what made the relationship between Nemo and Marlin so special…
In the first movie, the idea of a father losing a son, you know, it’s a nice father son story at any juncture. It’s a worried father and I liked where it had sort of mellowed that, you know, Marlin felt secure now about his kid.
Well, you know, I like this blue tang, but I don’t know, do I want to risk my life and then he sees how important it is to the kids. So he does it for the kid and it’s a different kind of relationship than the first movie. I sort of thought Marlin was a little wiser and a little warmer. Because he wasn’t so panicked.
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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