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'Epic' premiere interviews: Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Carly Rose Sonenclar
"Epic," an animated movie set for wide release this Friday, welcomed stars Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Carly Rose Sonenclar and other famous faces to its New York City premiere on Saturday, and Newsday Westchester was there to chat with many of its stars.
Seyfried and Farrell join Beyoncé (who snagged her marriage license in Scarsdale), Steven Tyler (who grew up in Yonkers), Aziz Ansari, Chris O'Dowd, Jason Sudeikis and others in lending their voices to the story about a teenage girl who shrinks and joins a tiny civilization of Leaf Men in their quest to defend the health of the forest.
The movie is the first directorial effort by Academy Award winner Chris Wedge, a Katonah resident and Purchase College grad who hadn't directed a film since the 2005 movie "Robots."
Given its nature-oriented theme, "Epic" naturally opted for a green carpet (rather than the traditional red) for Saturday's event. Here are some highlights from Newsday's one-on-one chats with Seyfried, Farrell, Sonenclar and others who attended Saturday's green-carpet event.
Amanda Seyfried, who plays teenage protagonist Mary Katherine, aka M.K., in "Epic:"
On working with director Chris Wedge:
“He’s better than a lot of the actors I work with. Isn’t that crazy? He’s so animated. He’s the key to this [‘Epic’] world. Although I pride myself on having a great imagination, it’s not quite like his. His imagination creates this epic experience, so it’s like having him — he’s the key to it. If he hadn’t have been there to direct me through it, it wouldn’t have been the same. I don’t know if I could have created Mary Katherine [without him].”
Colin Farrell, who plays Ronin, leader of the Leaf Men, in "Epic:"
On the animated chemistry he has with Beyoncé’s character:
“I worked for hours on that just generating as much romantic tension as I could from a studio, 6,000 miles away from her. It’s the animators. That’s their wonderful work. They’re incredible at what they do. How they create, mold, form and shape life. And you know how they [convey] certain human emotions just through the flick of a switch. They did amazing work. They put your voice down and they really go and elevate whatever you’ve done and turn it into something that’s as complicated as each of us as human beings are.”
Carly Rose Sonenclar, a Mamaroneck resident and "X Factor" runner-up who was a Fox correspondent for the "Epic" premiere:
On her role that day as a Fox correspondent:
“I’m usually on this side of it [being interviewed], so now that I was on that side of it, it was kind of weird. … When you’re [interviewing people], I’m worried about taking up too much of their time, and all that is stuff I’ve never had to think about before. I don’t want to be pushy or ask too many questions. I was humbled to meet them, and all that stuff because they’re all so amazing.”
Jason Sudeikis, who plays M.K.'s father, Bomba, in "Epic" (and who politely declined to discuss his future on “Saturday Night Live”):
On tweaking his voice for his character:
“Some people you don’t want them to [change it]. I want to hear Colin Farrell and Chris O’Dowd do those accents that they got, lucky sons of guns. It is fun to just sort of go for it like that, and that’s a lot of Chris’ influence, and just wanting to dial it up a notch and have him be maybe a little more verbally bumbling that I am in real life. Maybe. Maybe not though.”
Judah Friedlander, who plays a taxi driver in "Epic:"
On his brief role in the movie:
“I turned down the lead in ‘The Great Gatsby’ to do this, so I’m hoping it’s a really big part.”
On why more animated movies about taxi drivers haven't been made:
“Why hasn’t [the Robert De Niro movie] ‘Taxi Driver’ been made into a children’s animated movie? That wouldn’t disrespect the original film at all.”
Emma Kenney, who plays the young Marigold Girl in "Epic:"
On what it’s like sharing scenes with Beyoncé, despite never being in the same room:
“You know, the usual: talkin’ to Beyoncé. [Laughs.] It was just fun.”
Later this week, Newsday Westchester will post more quotes from the green carpet, a subsequent "Epic" press conference and my one-on-one interview with Wedge. In the meantime, check out our comprehensive gallery of "Epic" green-carpet fashions and vote on which celebrity had the best look in our poll.