Craig Robinson talks about “The Villains”

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(L to R) Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell), Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos), Mr. Snake (Marc Maron), Mrs. Tarantula (Awkwafina) and Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson) in DreamWorks Animation’s ‘The Bad Guys, directed by Pierre Perifel. © 2021 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All rights reserved.

Available on DVD and Blu-Ray from June 21, the extremely popular animated film “The Bad Guys”, directed by Pierre Perifel (“Kung Fu Panda 3”).

The film revolves around a group of notorious villains, Wolf (Sam Rockwell), Snake (Marc Maron), Tarantula (Awkwafina), Shark (Craig Robinson) and Piranha (Anthony Ramos), who claim to reform themselves in order to achieve the greatest success. great heist in history.

Additionally, the voice cast also includes Zazie Beetz, Richard Ayoade, Lilly Singh, and Alex Borstein.

Actor, comedian and musician Craig Robinson is best known for his roles as Darryl Philbin in “The Office” and Nick Webber in “Hot Tub Time Machine” and its sequel.

But Robinson has appeared in dozens of popular TV shows and movies, including “Arrested Development”, “Eastbound & Down”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “Pineapple Express”, “This Is the End”, “Shrek Forever After “, “Sausage Feast”, and “Dolemite is my name”.

Moviefone recently had the pleasure of speaking with Craig Robinson about his work on ‘The Bad Guys’, as well as his new Peacock series ‘Killing It’.

You can read our full interview with Craig Robinson below or click on the player above to watch a video of the interview.

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You can read our full interview with Craig Robinson below or click on the player above to watch a video of the interview.

Moviefone: To begin with, how did you become involved in “The Bad Guys” and what was your initial reaction to the script?

Craig Robinson: I went to DreamWorks and they pitched the movie and they showed me what the shark would look like and what they wanted him to do. They showed me the cast, who they had so far, and what the movie was going to be like. They presented the story and it was just amazing. It happened, then the pandemic started. So we recorded on the pandemic.

MF: Can you tell us how you discovered Shark’s voice?

CR: You know, that’s the beauty of recording in the booth. It took maybe a few scenes and we found this personality to be cheerful, a little naive and gullible, but he has a mean character. We went back and recorded stuff with this guy’s attitude and a lot of it comes from collaborating.

We had the director, Pierre Perifel, and then the producer, Damon Ross, and we were going back and forth for jokes. I would say something, and they would say, “Oh, and that.” Then it would become this other thing. That was the beauty of my character, because there had to be other characters. There are other voices you haven’t heard like my French accent, which I hope is on the DVD.

MF: I know you recorded by yourself, how did it go for you when you finally met the other actors of the press tour?

CR: It was just a mutual moment, everyone loves everyone and everyone was like, “Hey, oh you, oh yeah.” You know, that was it. You go back and forth and then you come together and then there’s a bunch of jokes and laughs. It’s like a real quick family picnic and then everyone disperses. It was cool. I have already worked with Marc Maron on stage and I have been on his podcast. So I met Marc.

Mrs. Tarantula (Awkwafina), Mr. Snake (Marc Maron), Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson), Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos) and Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell) in

(L to R) Mrs. Tarantula (Awkwafina), Mr. Snake (Marc Maron), Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson), Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos), and Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell) in DreamWorks Animation’s ‘The Bad Guys, directed by Pierre Perifel. © 2021 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All rights reserved.

MF: The film deals with themes of friendship, forgiveness, responsibility and family. What are the themes that really spoke to you and made you want to be part of this project?

CR: Don’t judge a book by its cover was what my guy said. Literally too, because he would change his outfit, change his personality, but don’t judge a book by its cover. Give people a chance. Give love a chance.

MF: The film was a huge success at the box office, were you surprised by its popularity?

CR: I didn’t know what to expect. It’s nice to be associated with that cinematic period, whatever it did, but then it became number one and everything. He has this success. So yeah, but I didn’t know what to expect, but I saw a good blitz for that.

MF: What can you tell our audience about your new series “Killing It?”

CR: “Killing It” is on Peacock TV. It’s streaming. I play Craig Foster. He’s a man who will do anything to achieve the American dream, including becoming an invasive species vigilante.

MF: Finally, your character works with snakes on the show. Did you have to work with real snakes during filming?

CR: Oh yes. The American Humane Society was there whenever we had the real snakes and I love snakes so that was fun. I agree with snakes. I went to Australia and played with snakes. I was like, “Oh, those snakes are cool.” I’m not saying I need or want snakes. I’m just saying I’m cool with snakes.

Craig Robinson as Craig in

Craig Robinson as Craig in Peacock’s “Killing It”. Photo: Alan Markfield/Peacock.

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