Craig Robinson riffs on his animated 'Escape'
Even though "The Office" is closing shop on May 16, Craig Robinson is at no loss for work.
The actor and stand-up comedian has a whopping four films coming out this year.
In the first, the animated feature "Escape From Planet Earth" - which opens Friday - Robinson provides the voice for a mouse-like alien named Doc, who is among some extraterrestrials trying to find their way home from Earth.
The voice cast also includes Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Ricky Gervais and William Shatner.
Robinson can next be seen in "Tyler Perry Presents We The Peeples" and "Rapturepalooza" in May and "This is the End" in June. He's also working on a new pilot for NBC with "The Office" creator Greg Daniels.
amNewYork spoke with Robinson.
What brought you to the role of Doc? They reached out to me to do it. So that's exactly what happened. The director started showing me the vision. ... I couldn't be more thrilled with how the movie came out.
Why do you think Doc was the character where they said "We want Robinson for this guy"? I wish I knew. They were very aware of the work I had done and they were like, "We want you - want your voice," so that's what I gave them. But I'm always surprised and humbled when I get a request for myself.
How do you prepare for an animated role? Going in to do the animation, it's really a no-pressure situation. ... The script is there, you can play and you can get as big as you want. ... So it's a lot of fun, it's really loose.
What are your thoughts about "The Office" ending? I'm trying to figure how to wrap my head around that - it's like your best friend is leaving you. The sweet part of the bittersweet of "The Office" ending is we have a pilot I'm doing for NBC.
What is the pilot about? When I lived in Chicago I was a schoolteacher, K-8 music... It's based on my life as a schoolteacher slash playing in clubs at night in a band. It's definitely the most I've been involved in a project.