Despicable Me 3: Screening Party & Interview w/ Steve Carrell and Kristen Wiig
Universal Pictures hosted a wonderful event to celebrate the launch of Despicable Me 3, and MomsLA was there. Sponsors included Bounty, Yummy Spoonfuls, and Kellogg’s, and as a bonus, Duff Goldman was also there (working with Bounty and helping make cupcakes), and you can check out our interview with him here.
There were cupcakes decorated like Minions, a cake decorated like Bounty paper towels, and Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes to take home.
Heck, there was even a Minion there, posing for photos!
It was a very fun event for bloggers and their families, and it was followed by a screening of the film, which is the third in the franchise. Gru has changed quite a bit since we first met him in movie #1.
Steve Carrell is back as Gru in DM3, and also as his long-lost twin brother Dru. This film also stars Kristen Wiig as Gru’s wife Lucy, and we were there when they sat down to chat about it.
Both actors talked about the process of recording voices for an animated film, and how easy and fun it was to work on this one.
Carrell said, “The creative team was so collaborative. They encourage us to play around, improvise and try different things. So, there’s really no lofty expectations. There’s really no pressure. They’ll say: let’s explore and see if we can find something funny.”
Wiig added, “They do such a great job with the scripts and they’ve got such amazing writers and animators. We’re happy to just sort of do a ‘trust fall’ into these films because we’re in such good hands.”
She went on to say, “I wish that Steve and I could record together. We actually don’t ever record together. We’re sort of in small cold booths by ourselves. But it’s just so fun.”
To which, Carrell added, “It is. It’s just fun.”
Family is the core of the story, and Gru and Lucy have their hands full with a trio of adopted daughters (and a couple of Minions) they’re trying to keep track of and take care of. One daughter has an obsession with finding a Unicorn she can take home as a pet, and Gru is tasked with maybe having to burst her bubble about whether they really exist.
We asked Carrell about that, about how he talks to his own kids when the truth is important, but may not be what they want to hear.
“I think sometimes we worry that our kids aren’t as resilient as they are or that they can’t handle it, and I think it’s better that they ultimately understand the truth of something. Father’s Day is coming up, and I’m being reminded this week of all the foibles of being a dad, because I always want to tell my kids the truth. And sometimes when you try to couch the truth in something less than the truth, it doesn’t come out as the truth. But I guess what I like about that scene [in the movie] is that Gru ultimately has to just tell his daughter the truth. And it’s really painful, but ultimately more painful for him than it is for her.”
We enjoyed the movie and hope you get a chance to see it. Despicable Me 3 opens in theaters on June 30th and is rated PG. Say “Aloha” to the Minions. Despicable Me 3 hits theaters June 30th. unvrs.al/DM3-Tix
Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of MomsLA.com. The event and interviews were hosted by Universal Pictures, and some photos were provided by them.