"It's going to be a monster summer for me," Charlie Day admitted. "It's true."
The actor lends his wholly unique screen presence to not one, but two monstrous event movies over the next several weeks. This week's Monsters University finds Day voicing a new character in the first Pixar prequel. And next month, he faces off against the massive, city-leveling Kaiju in Pacific Rim.
Day is best known for starring as Charlie Kelly on the FX series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which itself boasts no shortage of monstrous behavior. Since debuting in 2005, the show has offered up remarkably bleak comedy unlike anything else on television. A strange creature roaming on the cable TV landscape, Kelly is a flailing, high-pitched mess of a human being, and watching just one of his frantic monologues, it's easy to see how Day's eight-season performance has led to a presence in big summer movies. His energy is simply too abundant to fit on the small screen.
Having starred in Horrible Bosses two years ago, Charlie Day is now doubling down on the hugely anticipated summer movies.
IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the opportunity to travel to the Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California and speak with Day during the press junket for Monsters University, hitting theaters this Friday, June 21st. Talking to Philbrick, along with a handful of other entertainment journalists, Day discussed his affection for Monsters Inc., the oddity of his monster character, working with Pixar, making Pacific Rim, working with Guillermo del Toro, and Horrible Bosses 2.
Actor, comedian, writer, director, producer and frequent Oscar host Billy Crystal has been making audiences laugh for almost 40-years!
After beginning his career as a stand-up comic, Crystal first gained prominence for his role as Jodie Dallas (one of the first unambiguously gay characters on TV) on the popular ‘70s comedy series Soap. He joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1984, where he created a string of beloved characters including Fernando “You Look Marvelous” Lamas, and Buddy Young Jr., as well as impersonations of Howard Cosell, Muhammad Ali, and Sammy Davis Jr. He would eventually go on to have an extremely successful film career starring in such classic movies as Running Scared, The Princess Bride, Throw Momma from the Train, When Harry Met Sally …, City Slickers, Analyze This, and Monsters, Inc.
In addition to co-hosting the celebrity charity institution Comic Relief with Robin Williams and Woopie Goldberg, he has also hosted the Academy Awards Ceremony nine times, more than any other host in history with the exception of legendary comic Bob Hope. Crystal has written and produced several of his own films including Memories of Me, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold, My Giant, and America’s Sweethearts, as well as directing Mr. Saturday Night, Forget Paris, and the classic baseball film 61*. The popular performer now returns to the big screen with the first prequel of his career, Pixar’s Monsters University, which opens in theaters on June 21st.
The film, which features Crystal reprising his role as Mike Wazowski, tells the story of how Mike and fellow monster Sully (John Goodman) first met while attending college. In addition to Crystal and Goodman, the movie features returning voice actors Steve Buscemi (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire), Frank Oz (The Muppet Movie), John Ratzenberger (Toy Story series) and Bonnie Hunt (Cars), as well as series newcomers Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses), Nathan Fillion (Serenity), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed), Sean Hayes (The Three Stooges), Dave Foley (A Bug’s Life), and Oscar-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen).
I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California to sit down with Billy Crystal, along with a few other members of the press, to talk about his work on Monsters University, as well as the legacy of 61*.
Synopsis: Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley", a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.
Cinematically, college and comedy go together like peanut butter and jelly. On June 21st, Disney and Pixar are heading to college together for Monsters University, the latest release from the reigning champ of contemporary animation.
Not only is Pixar tackling collegiate tropes with typically nimble comedic flare, but they're abiding by the axiomatic truth that monsters make any story better. Especially when they're monsters you already know and love. James P. "Sulley" Sullivan and Mike Wazowski are back, twelve years after making their screen debut in 2001's Monsters Inc. In that critical and commercial hit, our heroes are the most prolific professional scarers at the titular company, providing energy for all Monstropolis and loving their jobs day in, day out.
Monsters University is Pixar's first prequel, traveling back to before Sulley and Mike were best friends. As freshmen at Monsters U., in fact, the two develop an immediate dislike for one another, as Sulley's party animal attitude immediately clashes with Mike's uptight studiousness. When they both end up in a Oozma Kappa, a fraternity of misfits and oddballs, they must work together to lead their frat brothers to victory in the Greek Games, growing from boys to monsters in the process.
John Goodman (Argo) and Billy Crystal (Parental Guidance) return to once again voice Sulley and Mike, respectively. In typical Pixar fashion, though, the film boasts a supporting cast of remarkable talents lending their voices, from Helen Mirren (Red 2) to Steve Buscemi (HBO's Boardwalk Empire) through Charlie Day (Pacific Rim), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed), Nathan Fillion (Serenity), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Joel Murray (AMC's Mad Men), John Krasinski (NBC's The Office), and Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil).
Despite that tremendous cast, the Los Angeles press day for Monsters University found just John Goodman and Billy Crystal hosting a group of entertainment journalists from all over the world. IAR was among those in attendance, and we're happy to report back with Goodman and Crystal's thoughts on their new director, Revenge of the Nerds, relating to their monstrous characters, and their own college experiences
A trio of officially official new clips from Monsters University have us thinking about school in summertime.
Disney and Pixar have unveiled a final trailer for next month's Monsters University, one that gives a sense of the emotional heart of this prequel in addition to showcasing its exuberant, party animal sensibility.
A new clip from next month's Monsters University shows that having your first roommate in college can be difficult. Particularly when the inhabitant of the bunk above your sheds pounds of blue fur every night.
Most everybody loves their mama, but rarely does a major motion picture remind its audience to appreciate all the work of doting mothers the world over.
Yet here we are, with a new promo for Monsters University taking a very strong pro-mom stance.
The latest trailer for Monsters University reaches deep down inside, but instead of letting the scary out, it goes for the funny.
School in summertime has never sounded so appealing as it does in the case of Monsters University, Pixar's collegiate comedy, arriving in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 21st.
Pixar has a good habit of casting the right actor to voice roles big and small rather than simply recruiting the most recognizable voices. Today we know who three more of those right actors are, as Disney has revealed that John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, and Bonnie Hunt are voicing supporting characters. The studio is also letting know which monsters brought to aural life by certain castmembers we already knew about.