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Pixar movie 'Monsters University' has surprising power, Billy Crystal says

Billy Crystal arrives to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' tribute to Sophia Loren on May 4, 2011 in Beverly Hills. GETTY IMAGES/Alberto E. Rodriguez.

Billy Crystal – the comedian, actor, writer, director and singer – was in Toronto on Wednesday to talk about his latest role: as a voice actor in Monsters University.

“This movie has a very surprising power to it,” Crystal, who plays one-eyed monster Mike in the animated Pixar movie.

“Generations of new families discover these movies and they love them.”

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The movie is set 10 years before the events of the enormously popular Monsters, Inc. and follows Mike and Sully – voiced by John Goodman – as they attend school.

It turns out the two monsters met in college but didn’t get off to a great start. Eventually, they do become friends.

“John is a fantastic actor,” Crystal said, adding that being able to record their lines together made for a better movie.

“Our timing is really funny and when there are tender moments that make you cry, we’re acting with each other.”

Watch the full interview with Crystal below:

Monsters University, like Monsters, Inc before it, is geared toward children, which made Crystal very popular with his own four grandchildren. 

“I was Grandpa Mike Wazowski for a year and I could only talk like him,” Crystal said.

“Then they saw Princess Bride and I was Miracle Max,” he laughed.

Monsters University will be released in theatres on Friday.  Watch the trailer below:

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