Warner Bros. launched the trailer for its new animated movie Smallfoot, starring LeBron James, Zendaya, Channing Tatum and Chicago’s personal Common. The rapper-turned-actor sat down with EBONY.com correspondent Kiki Camille and mentioned his position in the movie, working with James and Zendaya, and his response to Serena Williams and the US Open debacle.
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Kiki Camille: How did you come throughout your position as Stone Keeper and what attracted you to it?
Common: I’ve all the time wished to do animated movies. I really like issues that children get enthusiastic about, and there’s one thing about being part of certainly one of these. Smallfoot is a type of movies I do know children can be excited to see.
Once I was approached to be part of it doubtlessly, I [said] sure! I met with the workforce, and they confirmed me [several] pre-production concepts they’d and what the story was about. Past all that, I wished [to work with] LeBron James. I really like LeBron. You understand? Zendaya, I really like her and Channing Tatum. [The opportunity] to be in a movie with these actors was a part of the draw, too.
KC: What did that course of seem like? Had been you doing voice-overs in your closet at house, or had been you in a studio with LeBron and Zendaya feeding off of one another’s power?
They present you some clips earlier than it’s actually animated and provide you with slightly have a look at what your character seems like. You [still] need to do some preparation work to determine who the Stone Keeper is inside the story. To be sincere, I by no means obtained to essentially work with Channing or Zendaya in the sales space once we had been recording. I used to be working with the director, Karey [Kirkpatrick]. He had the whole lot below management, and we simply bounced off of one another.
It’s unbelievable if you see all of it collectively. You’re going again and forth with these different characters, and [when you] hear your voice coming from this animated character, it’s like, “Wow!” It’s like one other world. It virtually jogs my memory of one of many first occasions I noticed myself in movie. Despite the fact that I’m not seeing myself, simply listening to myself as this character [is] mind-blowing.
KC: The Stone Keeper is principally the excessive priest or chief of this village of Yeti. I’ll be sincere: Once I initially heard your voice, I wasn’t positive it matched the character. Did you apply utilizing totally different voices beforehand?
Common: Once I obtained to the primary recording session, initially coming in I assumed, ‘Possibly I ought to do this voice or strive that voice.’ I did apply on the trip to the session. Ha! However I knew it was going to be a course of as a result of it nonetheless needed to match with what the director felt was proper and what felt snug as soon as I began getting in there. Generally you come in with an thought, and the director has a imaginative and prescient of the entire venture. So it’s a must to be open to turning into part of that imaginative and prescient. Listening to issues again and attempting various things, I discovered the voice as we had been in the sales space.
I can bear in mind when our director was like, “Yo! That’s it proper there. Keep in that tone.” And I imply, come on, I can play a excessive priest or a guru. The humorous factor in regards to the Stone Keeper is he’s the chief of a village. He additionally has some secrets and techniques that he does reveal, and he’s virtually like a politician however a excessive priest.
KC: One of many themes of the film is difficult concepts we study by means of media and politics. Because the Stone Keeper, what recommendation would you give us Smallfeet about what’s occurring in the media regarding Serena Williams’ problem with the US Open umpire?
Common: The Stone keeper would say, “Let’s get to the reality of the state of affairs with Serena.”
To start with, [I acknowledge] that Serena is the best tennis participant to ever do it and one of many best athletes to ever do it, if not the best.Her ardour was coming by means of in that match. She had some frustrations she was coping with. The referee was accusing her of dishonest, and she was like, “I ain’t accepting that.” That’s understood from anyone that’s pretty much as good as she is.
No one would ever suppose she has to cheat. Why would she? She’s been doing this for 20 years [and] successful. So anyway, to fast- ahead, I believe the referee would wish to permit some house for her to go off slightly bit as a result of she was going. However that’s OK, it’s a must to permit that. The Stone Keeper wouldn’t have taken away the sport or taken away factors. He would have simply needed to rise above it or pull her apart and say, “Look, I’ll work with you on this however simply calm it down for a second. We’ll get there.”
KC: Or he may create a brand new stone.
Common: See, that’s the tough factor with the Stone Keeper. [He] is aware of secrets and techniques in regards to the stones that everyone doesn’t.
KC: I suppose we’ll unfold the secrets and techniques of the stones on Sept. 28, proper?
Common: Sure! Sept. 28, Smallfoot, all of the secrets and techniques might be there. Take your entire household.