Craig T. Nelson and Samuel L. Jackson sat down recently to talk about the Incredibles 2. From picking up where the first film left off, the role reversal with Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl and if The Incredibles influenced Marvel’s MCU.
The first Incredibles movie back in 2004 set a record for the highest opening-weekend for a Pixar film, at that time. Fans of the Parr family would have to wait for fourteen years before finally getting to see the long awaited sequel.
In a recent interview Craig T. Nelson who provides the voice of Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible was asked about why the Incredibles 2 picks up where the first movie ends instead of jumping a head a few years.
Craig T. Nelson said…
“I was resentful when I was told where Mr. Incredible was going to be in this film. He’s not saving lives or exhibiting any kind of strength, at all. We argued about it, and then I found out that I was going to be helping save the family, and that Bob was going to learn how to be a dad and learn about these kids.
The recording process was just so much fun. The stuff I did with Violet, and Jack-Jack and that whole discovery, and then Dash, and having to deal with Elastigirl out there doing what I want to do and being able to give her the encouragement and let her know that everything is okay. It was just a lot of fun. I’m so honored to be a part of it and to be doing this.”
Samuel L. Jackson was asked if he saw any influences of The Incredibles on Marvel’s Cinematic Universe or if the MCU has influenced the The Incredibles?
Samuel L. Jackson
“As I remember, that family fell out in Infinity War, didn’t they? And nobody called me to make them be good. I did bring all these people into S.H.I.E.L.D. and, all of a sudden, I’m not there! So, I don’t know what you’re talking about. I can’t relate! The genre has grown, and it has grown inside this one place. Sure, there’s that other company that makes movies that are like this, and some of them are good. A couple of them are good. There’s a real interesting playbook that I look at, when I watch all of the movies, and they have this secret sauce. Sometimes I wonder ‘cause I’m there and I’m looking at the directors going, “These guys did a TV show. Why are they doing this? If this person does these serious dramas, why is he doing this?” There’s something that they know or find that makes it work.
The relationships among the people, on the inside of those films, always become intimate and intricate. Sometimes the people who are really related, like Loki and Thor, don’t like each other or there’s family discord. And the people that don’t know each other, that are looking for that connection, become tied together in a very interesting way. You’ve got your bratty brother in Iron Man. You’ve got your special needs kid in Hulk. You’ve got your sister who turns out to be Black Widow, who’s a real killer. All these things come together and these people find a common goal, or they’re all working toward the common good, which brings them together in a very unique and interesting way. So, I really don’t know what’s going on, but I can pretend that I do. I make things happen.”
Nelson and Jackson were both asked if kids recognized their voices and immediately associated them with Mr. Incredible or Frozone?
Craig T. Nelson
It’s embarrassing, really. The moms and dads are saying “Look, Bill! That’s Mr. Incredible!” And the kid’s just staring at you. “Well, say something like Mr. Incredible!” It’s been 14 years, I don’t remember what I said in the first one. “How about this? It’s showtime!” It’s just embarrassing.
Samuel L. Jackson
Kids don’t do that! Their parents do, and they try to make the kid know who you are. “That’s Frozone, honey!” And the kid is looking at you like, “You don’t have a blue suit on! You’re not making ice stuff!” And then, you have to give the kid a catch phrase. But, they don’t know who we are from Adam. We don’t get a new audience because we did a movie that kids really like. They have no idea who we are, in our real selves.
If you would like to check out the full interview that also featured Director Brad Bird and Holly Hunter you can head over to Collider.
Cast: voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini
Official Synopsis for Incredibles 2
Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.