Channing Tatum dishes on his first singing role in Disney's ‘Smallfoot’: "It was terrifying!"
Meaww got to talk with the cast of ‘Smallfoot’ on the blue carpet to tell us all about Disney’s newest star-studded animated film and they told us a lot about the work they put in
This weekend at the premiere of ‘Smallfoot’, Meaww got to speak exclusively to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars as they promoted Disney’s newest animated film. ‘Smallfoot’ is a heartwarming tale that turns the Bigfoot legend on its head when a bright young yeti stumbles upon something he never knew existed - a human.
Filled with original music, actor Channing Tatum even got roped into singing a song, something that he has never done in a film before. When asked about his singing in the film, Tatum was still reeling from the experience. “I blocked it out of my consciousness, it was terrifying. They lied to me the whole time and didn’t tell me I was going to be singing. At first they were like, ‘what do you think about singing a line and then the whole village will sing with you?’ And I’m like, ‘maybe I can do that.’ And then time went on and I was listening to the music and said, ‘this feels like a whole song, I’m not gonna do a whole song.’ And then eventually they kind of duped me into it. I’m happy with it, I’m not completely ashamed of it but I’m not gonna become a singer anytime soon.”
Singer and actor Common was also in the film, and his music was an instrumental part of the storytelling. This was a great experience for the musician turned actor, as he got to really sink his teeth into the two things that he loves - acting and music.
“Me as a character, I’m open to doing different types of music, as long as it fits into the theme of the movie. I knew when I was doing the songs, it wasn’t me rapping, it was Stonekeeper rapping. I also loved being Zendaya’s dad in the film and I loved being a leader of a village that is conflicted, in a way. I don’t want to play perfect characters because none of us are perfect. “
Also starring in ‘Smallfoot’ is the delightful Gina Rodriguez, who really connected with the message the film is trying to send. As a true storyteller, Rodriguez truly wanted to portray not just a story of friendship, but of diversity. “What drew me to this film was the storyline and the director, who is absolutely amazing. The incredible cast and the fact that the director was already conscious of the importance of voices coming from different communities. It really was a great reflection of society. The animation is brilliant and beautiful, it really is a winter wonderland.”
Ely Henry who plays “Fleem” spoke about which actors he got to work with the most. As this is an animated film, people would be surprised to know that many times the actors never even work together in person. However, Henry was able to get some face time with some of the movie’s biggest stars. “Surprisingly the person I worked with the most was Lebron. They flew me out to Cleveland to work with him earlier this year, I worked with him in Santa Monica, I worked with Jimmy Tatro for a long time and Gina Rodriguez and I worked together once. It’s been wonderful, everyone I have had the pleasure of working with.”
Speaking of Tatro, if you don’t know who the hilarious millennial YouTube sensation is, you will now. After gaining fame from his own YouTube channel in 2011, Tatro went on to have small roles in big comedies such as ‘Grown Ups 2’ and ’22 Jump Street.’ Soon after, he starred in Netflix’s true crime satire ‘American Vandal.’ Animation is a new venture for Tatro, who is sure to be one of Hollywood’s next big stars.
“It has been a slow burn, it would be a lot crazier if it happened super quickly but I have been working towards this for a while and being able to finally do this kind of stuff is why I started doing it originally. It’s so much fun to see what they do with your voice because they animate over the voice and you don’t know what it's going to really look like, or what facial expressions you will be making. So seeing the way they take your voice and bring it alive and put a whole character behind it is really cool.”
‘Smallfoot’ will hit theaters nationwide on September 28th!