*Disclosure: I received an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for the coverage of these events. All opinions are 100% my own.
Interviewing Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener
We loved him in Breaking Bad, but Better Call Saul was even better in my opinion, but those are stories for another day. Today we are going to be chatting about his role in the Incredibles 2 movie as Winston Deavor and of course his sidekick Catherine Keener who voice Evelyn Deavor.
The moment Catherine walked into the room she was very friendly, open and of course outgoing. She was happy to be in the room with all women by herself for a few minutes and we of course took advantage of the one-on-one time. Brad Bird called her for the role of Evelyn Deavor and she was very excited to be working with him as well as Pixar.
One thing that we noticed throughout all of our interviews is that all of the cast absolutely loved Brad Bird. Bob even said, “he’s a lot like the best directors Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne and Vince Gilligan. These guys know what they want, and they dial it in just so.” It’s like a challenge that you want to meet and it’s a great feeling of accomplishment when you do it. You can use your own creative input, inspiration and work together to make the best movie you can.
Characters change over time
Bob explained how his character changed from the beginning to the end and compared his characters. Winston started out more like Saul (from Better Call Saul) and then became more innocent and genuine which is fun to play someone that wasn’t a sleazy, double talker. Winston meant everything he said, which is what to me made it surprising when Evelyn ended up being the “bad” guy.
While Evelyn’s character started out as a man, I’m certainly glad she was changed to a women, because I think that the sister role worked out well for the story line. Family is a pretty important thing, and even if you don’t always agree, the good guy always wins.
Proud of their Characters
Both Bob and Catherine are extremely proud of their characters and seeing themselves animated has been fun. Some people say that their characters look just like them, while others don’t really see them in their characters. But there are differences between their characters as well as in real life, which is part of the magic of animation. Evelyn Deavor is very alluring and draws you into her character. Both of their families are proud of their characters which is what it is all about.
What would your Superpower Be in Real Life?
In real life we would all love to have super powers, but their answers kind of surprised me. Bob’s super power would be that he could eat whatever he wanted and to not gain weight. (Me to Winston, Me too!) Catherine’s Superpower would be to teleport home instantly, wouldn’t that be cool? But since it was only one way she decided that if she had to limit her superpower to Florida it would be a dehumidifier. Everything within 300 feet of her is dehumidified, and that would be an amazing superpower too!
Family is a pretty incredible thing no matter what family it is, but the Incredibles are a family that takes incredible to a whole new level. Is she having adolescence?
About Incredibles 2
In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.
Directed by Brad Bird (“Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles”) and Nicole Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team” short, “Toy Story 3” associate producer),
“Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018.
Be sure to check out the 2018 Disney Line Up before you go!