Big Hero 6: A Marriage of Convenience. Somehow this was the conclusion arrived at by the end of my interview with T.J. Miller & Damon Wayans, Jr. It was late in the day and the two were justifiably tired and a little loopy from a long day of doing interviews for the Disney feature. So a simple question on injecting their own comedic personas into their animated characters turned into a fairly epic nonsensical rant by Miller on how starring in a Disney film is akin to a marriage and, well, it’s best to just watch and see Miller go off. The gregarious comic has a real knack for mixing absurdity with a deeply acerbic sense of wit. Damon Wayans, Jr’s bemused nonchalance at Miller’s monologue is the cherry on top. It’s also a fair representation of their characters’ interactions within Big Hero 6. Miller as Fred is the wacky crazy comic relief while Wayans, Jr. as Wasabi plays the audience-identifying ‘straight man’, often commenting on just how insane the situation truly is.
Usually at this point, I would list the topic points covered in the following interview – but I have no clue if anything of any merit was actually learned. The interview may be all the better for it. So hit the jump and watch “comedy collide”.
T.J. Miller & Damon Wayans Jr.
- Given Miller and Wayans, Jr.’s previous voice over work on How to Train Your Dragon and Marmaduke respectively, how did the experience on Big Hero 6 compare?
- What is the balance between injecting your own comedic persona versus adapting to the character?