John C. Reilly: Slow to embrace animated role

Monday November 5, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- It wasn’t easy for John C. Reilly to become "Wreck-It Ralph."

The 47-year-old Oscar nominee (for 2002’s "Chicago") initially didn’t want the job, reticent about the scope of the project and the process of making animated movies.

"I’d heard that making animated movies for actors was often kind of this isolated, strange experience," Reilly said. "You go in and do your lines, and then you react to recorded lines from other people, and you’re never in the same room at the same time and maybe you meet them at the premiere, the other actors."

He’d been told that animated films were made by committee, rather than the director’s vision guiding the project. And the previous animated roles he was offered never provided a complete script.

But that wasn’t his experience on "Wreck-It Ralph." Reilly attended story meetings, met with animators to develop the look of his character and worked side by side with co-stars Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman.

"We improvised a ton," he said. "I really, really loved it."

-- Associated Press


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