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The Cast Of INSIDE OUT Talks About Being A Part Of A Disney Pixar Film

Beverly Hills, CA - June 7 - INSIDE OUT Press Conference with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

When the cast of Disney Pixar’s new film INSIDE OUT recently got together for the films press conference in Beverly Hills, there were more than a few laughs for sure. When you put Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith all at a table together you have to know that your cheeks will end up hurting by the time they are done, especially when they are talking about a film they are all so proud of. Lewis Black was a name that the filmmakers thought of early on when they were in the beginng stages of the film, but when Lewis tells the story it is rather hilarious, he told us:

“Apparently – I found out – I was like the first one cast so I was really the tipping point as soon as the others heard I was in it, they couldn’t wait to be with me. But they did send me a box – I have to say they showed – you never see this in this city or really in this industry, but the humility that is really almost psychotic because they sent me a box of stuff with a letter in which they said that I may not know who Pixar is –which meant that they were crazy or they thought I was just some sort of a recluse. So they said that they had this role of Anger–well, that fit – and would I be interested in it? And maybe if I didn’t know them, then they sent me all their stuff; all these things that I’ve seen. They sent me everything and a big nice book – I think I made out better than any of you and I leapt on it but they also sent me – and I’ve said before – they sent me about a 20 page kind of what they were thinking, a kind of a rough draft of the script and I thought and I read it and I said, “Oh my God, this is going to be a flop and I’m going to be in the worst thing that they’ve ever done and maybe they’ll be something to that in its own special way.” Then I went out there and they’ve already done 12000 changes and I went “OH yeah you’re an idiot Lewis.” And the rest – Like she said – this is crazy what’s going on here.”

Phyllis Smith landed her role as Sadness from her work on BAD TEACHER, producer Jonas Rivera just fell in love with they way her character couldn’t even order a sandwich without it sounding like a question. Smith was more than happy when she received the call saying:

“Okay, I was – as always I’m speechless – no, I was very excited to get the call and it – I really don’t know the magnitude of it even now. I don’t believe – I was just really happy to go to Emeryville and have Pete and Jonas tell me the story and see the pictures and immediately without a beat, without missing a beat I said yes, yes please and I had a great time and I don’t know – take it Bill.”

Bill Hader is a huge fan of Pixar and asked to take a tour of their studios and jokingly tells us he “kind of stalked them” to get the part. He was one of the earlier cast members to come on the project because he worked on the script with Peter Doctor and Jonas Rivera as well. Hader told us:

“All right, it was great. I kind of stalked them – Pixar – I went to them. I said, “I wanna take a tour of Pixar.” This was back in 2010 –I’m a giant fan, so I just said, “Can I please take a tour?” And I went around and I met Pete and Jonas and there was actually a scene – has everyone seen the movie? Everyone in here has seen the movie, right? Because I’m about to blow the ending of the movie; no, the Dream Production they said, “We have this…” They didn’t tell me about the movie – there is a scene in the movie that deals with a live television element. We’d like to come to SNL; and I said, “Come to SNL.” And they hung out at SNL for a week for reference of that sequence and so they let me come and hang out at Pixar as a thank you and then kind of really – “Do you want Fear?” and I said, “Sure.” It worked.”

Joy was the hardest for the filmmakers to cast so Amy Poehler was one of the last ones to come on to the project, but she was elated at the whole concept of the film saying:

“I couldn’t believe it was – the setting was the mind of and 11 year old girl. I just loved that that was the setting. I just thought – I honestly believe from the minute they told me the idea I was like “This film is gonna be the best Pixar movie ever made, and it’s gonna make the most money and it’s gonna win an Oscar;” that’s what I thought from the minute – I’m sorry but not to be – but from the minute they told me I was like this is the best movie ever made, and it will be the only good movie I’ve ever been in and I can’t believe I’m in it. So I just thought about this day, I actually thought about the day when the film came out because as you can tell, I’m kind of a pessimist when it comes to these things.”

Mindy Kaling who plays the role of Disgust loved working on the project as well and likened it to dating the perfect guy saying:

“Well that is really true, it’s almost if Pixar and Pete and Jonas in the experience of working with them it’s like dating a guy. It’s like this really well raised guy that doesn’t know he looks like Tom Brady and has the title of Tom Brady and it’s just like – and we did these other movies and we have these other things and you’re like “I’m in” like why didn’t I –Yes and I wanna just make you happy and you feel so honored to be with you and you say to your friends like – because they don’t have to be that way frequently, much less wonderful organizations teaming with talent treat you much worse and so you’re kind of like “This is great, how do I take advantage of this? It’s really wonderful.”

INSIDE OUT is the story of Riley an 11-year-old girl who has been uprooted from her happy life in the Midwest and has to move to San Fransisco when her dad gets a new job, but the story doesn’t stop there. Being a Disney Pixar film they took it a step further and asked the question, “What goes on in your head that makes you act a certain way?.” Enter Riley’s emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust who all live in headquarters and keep Riley safe while helping her adjust to her new life. More than being an amazing film like nothing we have seen before, the film also has a really interesting message and Smith and Poehler attribute that great message to the team behind the film and the studio that doesn’t dumb it down. Smith said:

“I attribute that to the genius of Pete Docter and the writers and they really – they took me on a journey too. I didn’t realize that it was going to have that kind of feeling until the end of the movie and I just love how Joy and Sadness – it shows the importance of your emotions in your life and that’s it is okay to be sad and to have – and Joy just complements it – becomes aware of that too. It’s a really nice moment. So it’s Pete Docter’s fault; it’s all his fault.”

Poehler added:

“Yes, Pixar doesn’t patronize their young audience and they don’t underestimate the intelligence of their audience every time so they keep raising the bar and also they assume that you and your big brain is gonna show up and your big heart. They assume you’re gonna take all those things with you when you go see their movies; and you’re so rewarded when you do.”

INSIDE OUT is a wonderful journey inside the head of a child that is not only exciting to watch, but also gives you the feels, it has this wonderful message about growing up. It not only teaches you names for things that happen in your brain, and teaches you about memories and how they are stored and change, but it also helps you to understand your feelings in a way that no other movie has done before, especially for children. Bill Hader told us why he thinks this is such an amazing film for children and adults saying:

“What would make it a great film for children. I think it’s – what’s so great about this movie is that they chose to make a film about a time in your life that we all have to go through – when you go from being young and then you start to go – when you’re an adolescent, things start to change and things start to get a little hard for you and a lot of normal movies I wish I had that growing up because I would go through that and you look for answers and you think you’re the only one going through this thing and they did in this film in such a beautiful, fantastical way and that’s why you have to see it. It’s a movie I wish existed – my life would have been a little easier I think if this movie existed when I was a kid.”

INSIDE OUT opens in theatres everywhere this Friday June 19, 2015. Make sure and check out our YouTube page for videos from the INSIDE OUT press conference!

Krisily Kennedy is just a chickk who loves movies and talking about them. Owner and founder of The Movie Chickk a place for chickks who love film and guys who love chickks who love film.
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