Grill Like the Devil
1428 Elm: You have a great scene where you are having a pizza cook-off with Dirk. It was very amusing. Besides being able to cut bananas diagonally, do you have any culinary skills like Chef?
BC: I can make a mean salad because my mother effectively closed our kitchen when I was in high school. She announced that she was done cooking.
1428 Elm: Okay…
BC: And I’m like, Wow, Mom. You’re timing is perfect. I have two older brothers; at that point we never ate more food in our lives and she closes the kitchen. I’m like are you just being mean? It just seemed like a mean thing to do.
Not that she really cooked that much, you know. But I learned how to do salads, so I can make a real mean salad. I can chop anything. I don’t have the style or finesse of holding my fingers in a certain way, or using certain equipment. Give the average schlub a good set of knives and away you go.
I’m pretty good at grilling. I’m a good little griller. I grill like the devil.
1428 Elm: What does that mean?
BC: Here’s how you cook like the devil. 6,6 and 6. You do 6 minutes on each side of your steak and then you let it rest for 6 minutes. So, if you want it to taste heavenly, you cook like the devil.
Notes for Young Actors
1428 Elm: Do you have any advice for young actors that want to get into animation?
BC: Look, its important for actors, if they’re not retiring to work. And I enjoy audio work because it keeps my voice up and running, I like how clean it is.
I can still interact and participate in the business, 30 minutes from my house. It’s all pretty nice. Young actors coming up, it’s a great way to go.
The only thing that they have to struggle with now, is there is more of a tendency to use name actors. And the only problems arise is when that name actor has a lousy voice, its either obnoxious or not quite right, or it doesn’t have enough variation or they’re still just playing a version of their own persona.
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Where as in the olden days, before there were three movie stars in every movie, Disney would cast a guy like Chill Wills. His voice had a natural character to it. He had a gravelly sort of sandy voice. So, they knew what they got with him.
In the 90’s, around the time of Shrek, is when they started putting movie star packages together. That’s the only downside. I know that voice actors get p***** off sometimes because they’re like, “You son of a b****, that would normally be me playing that role!”
There are actors who are great at playing heroes. You know how they have the perfect voice? Like Superman or Spider-Man?
And then Mark Hamill, he’s great at twisting and performing vocally. He’s really good at the vocal gymnastics part. So, you can learn from him.
Great advice, Bruce! Thanks to the actor for taking the time to speak with us.
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