In the big screen adaptation of Aussie author Aaron Blabey’s bestselling kids book series, The Bad Guys, US comedians Craig Robinson and Marc Maron provide the voices of a shark and snake, respectively.
But, before AAA can ask them about playing deadly creatures, there’s another animal that must be discussed, an elephant.
The metaphorical elephant in the room, to be precise, which describes the pall hanging over Tinseltown ever since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars on Monday.
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When asked about the incident, Maron, who, along with Robinson, built his reputation as a stand-up comedian like Rock, didn’t mince his words.
The star of Netflix comedy series GLOW said Smith’s actions were inexcusable, with Maron visibly angry at what happened to Rock.
Maron’s anger quickly turned to surprise when he learnt the species of snake he plays in The Bad Guys was Australia’s deadly eastern brown snake.
“I had no idea. I was playing it like a python,” Maron quipped to AAA.
“Now I really want to redo the whole thing, I would have done a whole different approach.”
For Robinson, one of Hollywood’s favourite comic actors, appearing in a bona fide kids’ movie is the least he can do to make it up to parents who mistakenly showed their children his last animated feature, Seth Rogen’s adults-only Sausage Party.
“Right, this is exactly that — therapy for those kids and parents; you don’t have to worry about any sausages here,” he laughed.
The movie blends Tarantino with Ocean’s Eleven, with a star-studded voice cast that includes Sam Rockwell, Anthony Ramos and Awkwafina.
Strange inspo for a children’s movie, but Maron is confident modern kids can handle it.
“I mean, I watched, two episodes of Euphoria, and I didn’t know what planet I was on,” the comedian joked.
“If that’s what kids are up to, we’re all in trouble, pal.”
The Bad Guys is in cinemas now.