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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