CLEVELAND, Ohio – Comedian Marc Maron is very easy to find good in playing bad.
The presenter of the podcast of “WTF” recently lent his voice to the protagonist of the phenomenon of frostbite Mr. Snake in DreamWorks Animation’s new action comedy “The Bad Guys,” which hits theaters Friday.
Based on Aaron Blabey’s blockbuster Scholastic book series, the film features a criminal crackerjack crew of illegal animals trying to cheat their way into role models.
The cast also includes Oscar winner Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Craig Robinson (“The Office”, “Hot Tub Time Machine”), Anthony Ramos (“In the Heights”), Awkwafina (“Crazy Rich Asians”) and Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”, “Joker”).
We recently spoke with Maron to talk about the job that does not slip, because “GLOW” deserved another season on Netflix and Sam Elliott’s recent controversy “The Power of the Dog” that aired on “WTF”.
Mark, congratulations on the movie. Given your personality and comedy style, participating in a children’s animated film entitled “The Bad Guys” seems to fit.
“Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like Al that sounds crap to me, Looks like Al that sounds crap to me, Looks like Al that sounds crap to me, Looks like Al that sounds crap to me, Looks like Al that sounds crap to me, Looks like Al that sounds crap to me, Looks like Al that sounds crap to me. There is an idea here that is quite adult.I think it is good for adults to be able to watch it in a way that is not very cute.Also, the essence of the movie is, can these bad guys be good? line, but I think it’s also a fun movie for adults. Well, yes, it’s a good movie for me.
Speaking of nervous, does Marc Maron voicing a cunning snake make sense?
I would not call this snake insidious. I think this snake defies snake stereotypes. He is not particularly cunning or controversial. He is very forward, he is very emotional, he is sensitive. He is perhaps the most eccentric of the company, the most emotional and the most terrified by the reduction of the bond of friendship or the dissolution of the group. So it actually goes against the stereotypes of the snake.
While appearing on “The Simpsons” a few years ago, at this point in your career do you receive many voice offers?
Oh yeah, I played in “The Simpsons”, so it was hard. They come and go. I do (cartoon) the “DC League of Super-Pets”. My name is Lex Luthor. I generally have no idea how big these things will be when I get them. I just knew DreamWorks was eight minutes away from my house and the other cast members (“The Bad Guys”) looked great. When these things are combined two years later, it is like, “My God, this is a big deal.” I’m on the red carpet with Zazie Beetz, so you know.
Fans of “WTF” listeners know your aversion to MCU movies. How does this fit in with Lex Luther’s voice concert?
Generally what happens is that they want me to do it. I do not watch movies with superheroes. I have reviewed Marvel movies. Then I am suggested to do the “Joker”. It’s like, how deep are my principles when they call me and say, “Do you want to do a scene with Robert De Niro or do you want to put up with comics?” I have to be honest with you, it was not a difficult decision. But now I can justify, “Yeah, well, I’m a DC guy, right?”
How disappointed are you that Netflix did not renew “GLOW” for a fourth season?
This was frustrating because it was fun. We certainly had one more season to do, but I realized the practicality at some level of not keeping the studios from the beginning of the pandemic, when you had such a large cast. It was not really so possible to shoot that show with protocols, so I realized the decision to leave the facility. I do not know how he was behind it. I do not know with Netflix, they do not seem to give (explosively) anything other than international numbers. Obviously, if it was “Stranger Things”, they would have turned everything they needed to achieve it last season, but that was not the case. I was so upset that I could not finish it because it was an interesting little show.
Last month, Sam Elliott made negative comments about the Oscar-winning film “The Power of the Dog” during an appearance on “WTF.” What are your thoughts on how it evolved?
He is an old guy. Do you know what you are going to do? It was a big conversation up to that point, he just said what he said spontaneously and it came down to him. I do not know, it is the culture in which we live. I’m not going to talk about him. You saw how he handled the apology, but my thoughts are, I let the guy talk and he talked. So what are you going to do?
Finally, it’s too late. What is left on your list?
I seem to have done most of what I set out to do in my life in a relatively sub-radar way, which is probably okay. Lately I have been dealing with music. That was fun. I just want to try a little more with the art of acting so that I can appreciate it on a deeper level and keep finding new ways to see things and find funny things. I’m very funny right now. It’s kind of fun because I was not always.
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