Sandra Bullock enjoys villainous turn

Actor enjoyed voice acting debut in the Despicable Me spin-off, Minions

Reuters June 13, 2015
Actor Sandra Bullock poses with a character in costume from the film during the Minions World Premiere. PHOTO: FILE

LONDON: Hollywood actor Sandra Bullock said she enjoyed playing evil in a debut appearance as a villain in the animated film Minions. The movie, a spin-off of the Despicable Me franchise, focuses on the small yellow minions before they met Gru in the original film. Here the minions find themselves at a loss after accidentally killing off their evil masters. Three of them, Kevin, Bob and Stuart, eventually set out on a journey that will see them recruited by the villainous Scarlet Overkill, voiced by Bullock, who has her eye on Britain’s crown jewels.

“It’s fantastic because she’s justified, she’s misunderstood,” Bullock said on the yellow carpet at the film’s world premiere in London on Thursday. “She’s an 8-year old little girl who’s throwing temper tantrums because she wants what she wants. But it was really fun to play” the Academy Award-winner said.Despite her long career, the Gravity and Speed star said she found it difficult to maintain  her energy levels when locked alone in a sound booth.

“It’s hard because I like having other actors to play off of or other minions to play off of and I didn’t have that,” she said.”So you really discover a lot of what you don’t know, you really rely on the director and the whole team that’s behind that sort of glass partition to help guide you.”

The 50-year old said Minions may be her last voice role.”It was so hard and I don’t think it’s my forte,” she said. “I don’t think I’m as good at it as other people are. And if it worked out, great, I think this might be the last time.”Minions opens in UK cinemas on June 26 and in the US on July 10.  

Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2015.

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