Sandra Bullock is tired of always being thought of as sweet and nice. As a matter of fact, she can be an outright bitch (her words, not mine) and she proves it with her latest role in, Minions. She voices the villain Scarlet Overkill in the film spun off from the Despicable Me franchise. This is the also the first time Bullock has provided a voice for an animated movie, an experience she says that took a little getting used to.
Minions tells the origin of the little yellow creatures, who have “historically hurt their beloved evil masters throughout history,” being part of the end of everyone (and everything) from the Tyrannosaurus rex to Genghis Khan and Napoleon. They go underground for years, but then three Minions, Kevin, Stuart and Bob, go above once more to find a new evil leader. It’s the 1960s, and Scarlet Overkill is the baddie of choice, paired with her villainous husband Herb Overkill (Jon Hamm).
Scarlet is one of those fabulous animated villains who according to Bullock was hard to pass on. Minions producer Chris Meledandri, who is also head of the animation studio Illumination Entertainment, sums her up to USA Today, "Scarlet Overkill has fantastic hair, wears great clothes and has a lethal uppercut. When we turn her loose on the world, she is going to come out standing on top. … Scarlet has all the gadgetry and accouterments of villainy. This is a side to Sandra Bullock we haven’t seen before. She is really enjoying playing with this villainy. But underneath there’s a character you cannot help but fall in love with."
She is excited for her young son Louis to see the film, but he doesn't quite grasp that his mom is lending her voice to the character. He just loves the Minions and that is pretty much all that matters right now. And what does Bullock love most about the Minions? The Academy Award winning actress says it's quite simple, "What I love about the Minions is that you can’t really understand them, but you absolutely feel what they’re saying. They emote with so much emotion that the language barrier doesn’t exist."
I had the opportunity to chat with the always wonderful Sandra Bullock in London, England about how she got into the mindset of playing such an evil character especially being labeled as America's Sweetheart, what she thought of the voice over process and how her young son Louis feels about her being an animated character.
Minions opens in theaters beginning on July 10, 2015.