Next weekend at the movies, we go from Capt. Jack Sparrow to another captain. And this captain has a rather interesting choice of attire. Captain Underpants wears just that — underpants. Well, and a cape. Kevin Hart stars in the movie based on the popular children’s novels, and we chatted with him on Miami Beach.
Kevin Hart (as George Beard): “Hi, my name’s George Beard, and this is my best friend, Harold Hutchins.”
Thomas Middleditch (as Harold Hutchins): “We just make comics and try to make each other laugh.”
In “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” the hero from the best-selling kids books comes to the life for the first time!
Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch (as George and Harold): “You are now the amazing Captain Underpants.”
Ed Helms (as Captain Underpants): “Tra la la!”
The movie stars the voices of Ed Helms and Kevin Hart.
Kevin Hart (as George Benson): “Did we just create a superhero?”
And Kevin tells me, doing voice work is a casual affair.
Chris Van Vliet: “The great thing about an animated film is, you can pretty much wear anything you want in the studio.”
Kevin Hart: “I could have been in there with just the drawers on and been OK. I could have done that.”
Thomas Middleditch (as Harold): “Captain Underpants, you can’t actually fly.”
Ed Helms: “I take to the sky like an ostrich.”
Kevin Hart (as George): “Wow, he is super dumb.”
Captain Underpants isn’t really a superhero, but don’t tell him that. He’s actually a super mean school principal until our main characters, George and Harold, hypnotize him, and he becomes the character from their comic books.
Kevin Hart (as George): “When I snap my fingers, you will obey our every command.”
Chris Van Vliet: “The whole idea of Captain Underpants comes from the mind of some fourth-graders. So, if we go back in time here to the fourth-grade Kevin Hart, what’s in his mind?”
Kevin Hart: “Fourth-grade me? I was a prankster, man.”
Ed Helms (as Mr. Krupp): “Ever since you’ve attended this school, you’ve been responsible for one prank after another.”
The movie takes us on a fun ride as we watch these two pranksters try to keep their principal’s ridiculous alter ego out of trouble.
Thomas Middleditch (as Harold): “We gotta stop him.”
Kevin Hart (as George): “Why?”
Extra: “Out of the road, bozo!”
Ed Helms (as Captain Underpants): “Why, thank you, vehicle person.”
And of course, this all happens while he’s wearing his underpants.
Chris Van Vliet: “I feel like tighty-whities have a really bad rap, but you guys are changing that with this movie.”
Kevin Hart: “We pull it off. Captain Underpants pulls it off. I think tighty-whities have definitely taken a left turn and are frowned upon.”
“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” hits theaters June 2.
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