Sunday, March 16, 2008
Hard times making 'Horton Hears a Who'
Voicing the CG animated film didn't end up fun and games for Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and Carol Burnett.
By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
THE job seems like it should have been a cakewalk for three of America's most gifted comedians: a couple of weeks in a recording booth voicing laughable yet lovable characters for a big-budget, computer-generated animation adaptation of the beloved children's book "Horton Hears a Who!"
So it was reasonable for Jim Carrey, Carol Burnett and Steve Carell to expect the project to be one of those windfall gigs that accompany a certain strata of Hollywood stardom: fat paychecks and critical props from every kid in the world for what is essentially a performance they could give wearing sweatpants and no makeup.
But to listen to them recount the experience, the actors' vocal contributions to the film version of "Horton!" resulted in feelings of frustration, isolation, creative confusion -- even bodily pain.