Disney invited me to an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles in exchange for sharing it with you. As always, all opinions 100% my own.
I interviewed Kyle MacLachlan last week about his new animated movie Inside Out. He’s been in 2 of my favorite shows, Sex and the City as Trey, Charlotte’s 1st Husband and How I Met Your Mother, as The Captain. I have even seen one his very first movies, Blue Velvet. In this new movie, Kyle plays the Dad of Riley. She is the kids whose emotions we are following throughout the movie.
As you might know, the Inside Out movie is all about emotions. Emotions take control in headquarters. One of the bloggers asked Kyle what emotion is usually in control. He answered, “It would be Wino. He controls me after 6. I don’t know if Pete Doctor and Jonas and those guys thought of that one, and it maybe not appropriate for Riley. Coffee would be another one. They’re pretty much the same. Don’t you think? I would put underneath that silliness just because that’s just my nature.
Kyle told us how being a dad on screen when you are a dad at home. He told us, “it was fun to do this guy because being a Dad myself, I was able to bring a little bit of my relationship with my son in and it was encouraged by Pete, Jonas, and Ronnie. They wanted my personality, so I was happy to try different things. Some worked, most didn’t but it’s always good to throw ideas out there. But the process is strange because you’re sitting with a Microphone, and you don’t have anything visually to work off of. Pete would feed me all the information and of what was happening in the scene. I would read it, and then I had to go into my head and play it out as I was doing it. It was like I was shooting my own little Movie as I was saying the words. Walking into the room and sitting down on the edge of the bed and saying things got a little out of the hand. You start asking questions like would I say that from the doorway or would I knock? So you begin just to put it together in your brain. Let me try it this way and then let me try it starting it here.” Kyle seemed to find the whole process fascinating.
“Most people I think would be bored to tears, but I love just how to interpret those words, um, in the most interesting way, hopefully so that’s the difference between doing it in front of the camera where you’re actually just walking through it and you can feel it yourself to just playing it out in your head as you go so I hope that answered the question, but that’s the process.”
Kyle’s son is 7, and he’s seen some trailers with the Dinner scene in it. Kyle let us know that “he loved the Dinner Scene. He says, ‘the foot is down, the foot.’ He loves that part. He’s seen a couple of moments, but I’ll take him to see it at some point this summer. One of the bloggers asked if he see the emotions in his son’s head after working on the movie. Kyle said, “I totally see it in him. He’s still coming up on seven, so they’re still trying to figure out how they all work together. Joy is the dominant one for him as well, but he can bring in some disgust with attitude, which I’m sure he picked up at school. Some of the others as well. He definitely has this silly gene from me. It comes from my Grandmother, in fact. You begin to see and recognize, not only him but in other people as well. I was doing an interview earlier where the writer said, why don’t you take your hand off the Anger button to his son? Maybe this will enter our consciousness in a whole different way.”
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