Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek may be the focus of this week's animated release, Puss in Boots, but their feline characters spend much of the movie being upstaged by an egg.
Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek may be the focus of this week's animated release, Puss in Boots, but their feline characters spend much of the movie being upstaged by an egg. It's because that egg is Zach Galifianakis — the comedian voices Humpty Dumpty in the Shrek spin-off. I caught up with Galifianakis recently to talk about the great experience he had working on the film, why it made him feel like a kid, and his role in another highly anticipated film, The Muppets.
BuzzSugar: You don't do voice work on animated films that often. Why did you pick this movie?
Zach Galifianakis: They asked me to do it. For years nobody asked me to do anything, so I'm still in that kind of honeymoon phase where I'm like "Yeah!" When they asked me to do it, I watched the Shrek movies [because] I hadn't seen them before. I got really excited about it, I thought that the Shrek movies were really cute. I'm not a big animated movie person either. I don't really gravitate toward animated things, especially a movie. But they asked me to be a part of it, and in the first couple of times I [recorded], my confidence wasn't that great, but I have to say: It's so much fun. So fun to do. I wish everybody could get a chance to do it. It's so fun. Every time I was recording, I was in the best mood. I'm as cynical as they get, and I always roll my eyes at this business, but I gotta tell you, I felt like a kid. I loved it. I really did.
Buzz: Did you ever get to meet the other actors you were recording with?
ZG: [Joking] The courts asked me to stay away from all the other actors. No, I met all the other actors today. I hadn't met any of them. First time.
To read more of my chat with Galifianakis, including his very special role in The Muppets, just keep reading