A new featurette for Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits has gone online. In the featurette, Hugh Grant talks about voicing the lead character, the Pirate Captain. Grant explains that the captain is incredibly vain, but also has a wide-eyed innocence. It’s a description that could also apply to the male protagonists of Aardman’s Chicken Run and Flushed Away. But Aardman has made that character funny both times, and judging by what we’ve seen of The Pirates! so far, it looks like they’ve succeeded again. Grant also notes that he had to tailor his performance to the look of the character since Aardman had already physically created the Pirate Captain before Grant was cast.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette and click here for Steve’s set visit and interview with director Peter Lord. The film also features the voices of Salma Hayek, Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, and Imelda Staunton. The Pirates! Band of Misfits opens in 3D on April 27th.
Featurette via Yahoo! Movies.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Pirates! Band of Misfits:
In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!