We caught up with two of the stars of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Bill Hader and Andy Samberg, and it was among the first time the two have seen each other since each announced they would not return to Saturday Night Live. “I really like still seeing Bill after SNL,” Samberg said.
Hader is back as Flint Lockwood, as seen in that stunning Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 trailer, and Samberg returns as the child star turned hilarious mess Brent McHale (otherwise known as Baby Brent!).
Both took to animation acting quite well, although Hader admitted that sometimes it was a challenge finding the right feel for directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. “All my lines in this movie, I’m screaming -- even when it’s a nice intimate moment with me and Sam Sparks (Anna Faris),” Hader said.
“Or they’ll say, ‘You’re in a pancake bog.’ And I say, ‘OK.’ So, I’ll do it and they’ll go, ‘No, we said pancake bog. That’s clearly peanut butter... No, now you’re doing Jell-O.”
Samberg noticed Hader’s trouble with the bog. “Bill had pancake bog blindness, so it’s hard,” he said as they both laughed.
As teased in this Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 clip, Lockwood’s invention that sent food falling from the sky in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has spawned something interesting. The food has come to life and completely taken over the home island of Swallow Falls.
Some of it is quite terrifying, such as the Tacodiles and Cheespiders. So, what foodimals were Hader and Samberg upset didn’t make the cut?
“I like dog,” Hader said as we all laugh. “Hey, it’s a food and an animal!”
“Dog?” Samberg inquires. “That’s wildly inappropriate for a children’s movie.”
Hader seems shocked at his fellow SNL vet’s response. “What are you talking about? You’ve never eaten dog?”
“I’ve eaten with my dogs,” Samberg responded.
Some could argue that this film makes an argument against GMO (genetically modified organism) based food. But, when these comics are asked about it, they see it as an opportunity to work a joke. “It’s chaos theory. Nature finds a way. Wow, I just thought of that,” Samberg said.
“They’re going to be quoting that for years. The Samberg theory of nature finds a way,” Hader said of Samberg’s parody of the iconic Jurassic Park quote. “There’ll be a big statue of you here when you first said it.”
One of the biggest surprises in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is the casting of Will Forte as Chester V. He pulls a voice out of nowhere that is simply brilliant. Although if you ask his fellow Saturday Night Live comics about it, they simply laugh and seek to set the record straight.
“We were laughing because [the directors] had said that at the workshop he did a few different voices. And we’re like, 'He has two,'" Samberg said and laughed.
“He has two,” Hader concurred. “The thing was that at Saturday Night Live, it was like, 'Oh, which one of Will’s voices do we get?' Either he did the [deep voice] or the [high-pitched] hello!”
Pearn and Cameron have stepped in for the first film’s directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who went off and made 21 Jump Street and are about to release The Lego Movie). Hader and Samberg missed those two, but said that Pearn and Cameron were so game for getting into it with their actors, and that added a whole new level of fun in finding their characters.
“It was interesting because Phil and Chris were comedy writers and animators and these guys were on the story department of the first movie and really amazing animators. So the difference I had -- you had the funniness but they also had it so clear in their mind what it was going to look like,” Hader said.
“So you would do a line but then they’re like, ‘No, no, no -- the camera is coming around you like this, then it goes away, so you have to get a little bit louder.’ It was incredibly detailed and so I thought that was cool. We didn’t really have that in the first one.”
When it comes to the target audience, Hader says they’re right at home. “I have two kids. My four-year-old loves the first movie, but won’t accept that that’s me,” he said and laughed.
“I’ll say, ‘That’s daddy!’ And she’ll look at me like, ‘Umm, no. You’re crazy.’ I just hope when she sees this one that maybe she’ll realize her dad is playing Flint. She loves Flint Lockwood and my wife will say, ‘That’s your father!’ And she’s like, ‘Hmmm?’”
Much of Hader and Samberg’s careers has been built on playing for laughs for adults. Although given their childish humor on display for Movie Fanatic today, perhaps they are innately wired to make kids laugh.
“Have you been paying attention?” Hader inquired. Why, yes… yes, we have. and it appears that their inner child has gone nowhere.
“It’s tough for me to get there,” Samberg added about being childish in his humor.
“We have to take some time,” Hader interjected. “I like to hang out with my friends, Daniel Day Lewis it a little bit, and get in that world of dummies.”
Then, both get reflective realizing that not having to “grow up” has been quite successful for them. “Yeah, it’s a dream,” Samberg said.
“You can’t believe that this is how you make a living. It’s like fantasy,” Hader added. “It’s like growing up loving animated stuff like I did -- I would sit there in seventh grade and think, ‘Man, wouldn’t it be cool to be a part of those things?’ And now I get to make a living that way. It’s really insane.”