Making an animated film is not always a golden path, but with Igor, the filmmakers have crafted a gem that had its stars mesmerized at its premiere at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
"It's a surreal process, but when it works, it works," star Steve Buscemi says.
Buscemi portrays Scamper, an animated rabbit unlike any audiences have ever seen. "You know this started as a short film. I got this call asking if I would do the voice," Buscemi remembers.
His role is a memorable one...a suicidal rabbit who, unfortunately for him, is immortal.
"I read it and I like the darkness of it, I have to say," Buscemi says and laughs. "It was kind of weird story with this rabbit, road kill rabbit, who is suicidal, but immortal. How could I resist?"
The hardest part for me about these things (animated movies) is not having the other actors around," he admits. It is a sentiment echoed throughout the cast. "In the beginning, it's a little weird."
"What if you had a land that every mountain top, had the stereotypical evil scientist in a lab or castle? Would they all have a hunchback lab assistant? Would they all have an Igor? Then I started thinking, that's your story. Where do these Igors come from? What if there was this land where if you're born with a hump on your back, you're automatically named Igor and forced to be a lab assistant. That was the whole idea."
Buscemi found his character with the fantastic script, but could not find his center without the priceless direction of Anthony Leondis.
"We're actually not in this room together right now," Cusack says as we laugh.
SheKnows then asked one of our favorites how rewarding the previous day's premiere was.
"It's fun," Cusack says.
"It was fun!" Shannon adds.
Cusack adds that his passion for animated projects (he was in Anastasia) has more to do with the people creating the magic.
"The other guys work so hard. We record it in ten or 15 sessions. These slave for two or three years. The work that goes into animation is so incredible," Cusack says and he nods his head. "The film looks so great."
I could really relate to that character," Shannon says of her wanna-be animated actress. "She has this fantasy about this whole world of show business. It's a really fun character to play. And Tony, the director, is so positive and he was so great to work with."
"I thought it would be a cool project," Cusack said. "It's a good gig. You can be in a studio anywhere."
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