It wasn’t exactly a verbal food fight, but Sunday’s press conference for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills with voice talent Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, and Terry Crews kept the journos in stitches. In fact, directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn could hardly get a word in edgewise.
Hader is back as nerdy scientist, Flint Lockwood, with Faris and Samberg reprising their roles as meteorological girlfriend, Sam, and the fast food promoter in a chicken suit, Brent. Meanwhile, Crews replaces Mr. T as former cop Earl.
In the sequel, Flint’s food machine starts creating an odd assortment of foodimals (from Cheespiders to Shrimpanzees to Tacodiles), which represent his creative mind spilling over in seemingly monstrous proportions. Samberg called it “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Food.”
For Hader, the hardest part is still coming up with the right sounds. “You’re walking through a pancake bog and so I go, ‘OK,’ and I do it, and they say, ‘Bill, we said pancake bog, this is peanut butter.’ Next, it’s jello and you’re doing mud.”
Crews had a tough enough time stepping into the iconic Mr. T’s shoes without his kids threatening him. “You’d better not mess it up,” he said.
When asked about their favorite food, Faris confessed to having a constant craving for nachos. Hader responded that he craved various breads because it’s not a gluten-free movie. But when asked what food they most desired, Hader quipped that he likes dog. Samberg then jumped in and wondered if he meant eating with his dog. “They’re very delicious,” Hader insisted.
And then Faris mentioned that she was disappointed that they rejected her request for cornicorn, a unicorn made of corn. She said they apparently only wanted real animals. “They taste magically delicious,” Hader said, making a crunching sound.
Cameron finally chimed in to explain that the movie’s about who owns creativity. “The idea that Flint’s food becomes its own thing; we look at that as a natural thing even though it doesn’t make any sense. It’s life creating life.”
Samberg then blurted out that “we wanted to make sure kids understood that it’s not artificial making different kinds of life.” Hader thought they’d “be quoting that for years.”