Published On: Sat, Jun 24th, 2017

Steve Carell talks ‘Despicable Me 3,’ Gru and Dru, kids loving the danger of the films

During the promotion of Despicable Me 3, star Steve Carell discusses the film, his return as “bad guy” Gru and the new character, Gru’s twin Dru.

Separated as babies when their parents divorced, the siblings are finally reunited as adults in this third film in the franchise.

“Not only is there the play and fun but the antagonism that goes on between brothers and the pushing of each other’s buttons,” Carell, the youngest of four brothers, says. “I can only imagine what it’s like for twins. You know that person better than anyone would. There’s a really special dynamic going on there.”

During the events of the film Gru discovers his brother is everything he’s not. Dru is upbeat, has flowing locks of blond hair and missed the family’s villain gene.

“There needed to be elements of him that were similar to Gru, but his centre had to be a little bit different,” Carell says. “I figured he needed to be more earnest sounding, and his vocal quality should be lighter and higher. He’s a bit more frivolous and prone to giddy laughter, which Gru is not.”

Gru agrees to let Dru help him track down bad guy Balthazar Bratt, an 80s TV child star who holds a grudge against the world. They must try to retrieve the large pink diamond the shoulder-pad-wearing villain stole twice, both times in spectacular fashion.

South Park co-creator Trey Parker joins the Despicable Me 3 as Balthazar, who is certain to entertain children and their parents alike.

“When I saw the renderings of what his character was going to look like it was hilarious,” Carell says.

“People like Trey and Kirsten Wiig (Lucy) can do great voices, but they’re so versatile comically that they can also improvise and try different line readings that you would never expect. Illumination really allows people the freedom to bring their own persona to it.”

Carell’s most important critics are his children Elisabeth and John, who have grown up watching him in the franchise.

“They can’t wait for this next one,” said Carell at an ET press venue. “They keep asking questions about it, like, what happens, where they are now [and] what’s the brother like.”

Kids love the danger of the films, Carell says.

“I always got the sense that they were trying something unique and a bit different,” Carell tells TimeOut. “I’ll never forget in the first movie when the iron maiden shuts on a little girl with all of these spikes, and then, if that’s not scary enough, you see red fluid coming out the bottom of the iron maiden and then the door opens back up and her juice box has been pierced. And I thought that was a terrifying moment, but kids love having their boundaries pushed a little bit in that direction, they love being challenged, they love things a little bit scary, a little bit dark.”

The film also sees Miranda Cosgrove as Margo, Dana Gaier as Edith, Russell Brand as Dr Nefarious, Steve Coogan as Silas and Julie Andrews as Gru’s mother — all reprising their respective role from the previous films.

Despicable Me 3 arrives in theaters everywhere June 30

Trey Parker to voice Balthazar Bratt in Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ “Despicable Me 3”

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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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