By Karen Posada
This Valentine’s Day weekend ‘Escape From Planet Earth’ an original animated family film will open nationwide! For us Latinos who love animated films this will be one to go see, especially because of the great Latino actors who voice some of the most important characters in the film: Jessica Alba is Lena, the beautiful and intelligent chief at BASA, Sofia Vergara plays Gabby the hot and spicy anchor for BNN News, and finally George Lopez a three-eyed slug alien named Thurman. We had a chance to sit down with two of their funny cast mates, Craig Robinson is Doc an intergalactic radio talk-show therapist, an adorable and genius alien mouse who invented social networking and is the voice of reason to all the other prisoners in Area 51. Jane Lynch is Io, she’s a gigantic Cyclops from the sun who has anger management problems and whose intelligence and strength come in handy.
These two has each had their share of making memorable movies: Lynch with ’40 year Old Virgin’, ‘Role Models’, and animated films like ‘Shrek Forever After’, ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, and let’s not forget on TV ‘Two and a Half Men’ and her hit show ‘Glee’. Robinson has ‘Knocked Up’, ‘Pineaaple Express’, ‘Hot Tub Machine’ and in animation he’s also been in ‘Shrek Forever After’ and ‘The Cleveland Show’ and of course his character in the hit show ‘The Office’. A few of the things on these actors’ extensive agendas.
In this interview they found out they both auditioned for the same part in ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’ (We know which one got the part after all), they also tell us how they would save the planet, why the movie will appeal to adults and their upcoming projects.
ShowBizCafe.com (SBC): If each of you had a chance, how would you save the planet?
Craig Robinson (CR): I’m a musician and I always kind of thought to myself that if there was an intergalactic talent competition I would bring my band “The Nasty Delicious” to represent for Earth and we would definitely kick some butt.
Jane Lynch (JL): I think saving the planet is one massive huge thing. I don’t think one person could do it and I think the only way we could do it is with one heart, one mind at a time. If I had a wish it would be for everybody to be guided by the higher angels including all those bozos in congress who are so partisan and I’m talking both sides but especially Republicans; to be guided by your heart as opposed to where you’re going to get your next campaign donation.
SBC: The movie deals with a lot of different subjects, which do you think appeal to adults?
JL: Scorch’s planet calls Earth “The Dark Planet” and I love how they show our evolution in this planet from attractive, peaceful, gentle beasts; which were dinosaurs, to what we’ve become. I think adults will appreciate that, there’s such a value from looking at your world from an outsider’s perspective. If I were plopped down as an alien on Sunset Blvd. in LA I would think there are no women in this world, because everything -I guess I sound like a feminist, but I guess I am -Hollywood billboards are all men, looking mean holding guns. I just wonder what an alien that wasn’t from here would think; it’s always fun to step a little bit outside of your world.
CR: [The one thing adults will get] is the relationship Lena (Jessica Alba) has where she’s getting manipulated. That was all for the adults, stuff like that. Definitely the belief in each other as each person came together from the aliens to the family, that everybody is telling the kid to stay away and he ends up coming through, the brothers fighting until they have to respect each other, that was one of my favorite things in the movie.
SBC: Craig, you used to be a teacher; how did that experience help you with this movie?
CR: It is fantastic because I know my audience, I have an 11 year old niece who might love this more than her “hello kitty”, so I’m really excited to get out there and show her that. It’s always nice to do a movie, I do a lot of R rated stuff, so it’s always nice to do something that my family can see it and go “hey great”, because I grew up in church and stuff so every time I’m saying certain words is like “ohh I’m gonna get in trouble”.
SBC: Jane, did you see the Muppet version they did of Sue Sylvester? Does that make you feel like “you’ve made it”?
JL: I think so! I didn’t know my character was a Muppet and I’m in the wax museum too! It’s all very surreal and I’m really glad I got to be a part of a really iconic expression of a character and I don’t think that would happen more than once in someone’s life.
SBC: What exciting things do you guys have coming up?
JL: I’m doing some Broadway this summer. I’m just about to seal the deal and you’ll be hearing about it, but I can’t say anything about it right now. My agent said “you could tease it.” I’m going to be in New York for a few months doing that.
CR: I do have a pilot I’m working on that we’re going to shoot, this is the sweet part of the bittersweet of ‘The Office’ ending, is that I have a pilot. We are going into production right after ‘The Office’. So there’s a chance I’ll be on television next fall. It’s not a spin-off, it’s loosely based on my comedy and my life as a music teacher and being in a band. It’s more like a nightclub person coming in to teach kids, it’s untitled so far.