There has been a trend over the last decade or so for animated characters in big feature films to look more like their voice counterparts.
It's not hard to see the resemblance, for example, between John C. Reilly and the title character in "Wreck-It Ralph." They both have a bit of a shaggy-dog look.
Disney's 3-D comedy and tribute to old arcade games opens Friday.
Ralph is an arcade-game "villain," who for 30 years has been destroying things only to have Fix-It Felix Jr. mend them and receive all the adoration.
Tired of his bad-boy image and wanting to be loved, Ralph decides to jump games to win a medal as a good guy. Landing in "Hero's Duty," a shooter game, he helps the game's star, Sergeant Calhoun, battle "Cy-Bugs," the game's alien invaders.
Tall and blond and in command, Calhoun bears a strong likeness to "Glee's" cheerleading coach and gym teacher Sue Sylvester, played by Jane Lynch.
Ralph, though, is still more of a wrecker than a fixer and his odyssey to repair some of the damage he's done takes him to "Sugar Rush," a racing game in a land of candies and other sweets. There, Ralph meets Vanellope von Schweetz, an outcast because she's a "glitch." You can see a lot of Sarah Silverman in Vanellope - cute, funny, sassy.
"Wreck-It Ralph," directed by Rich Moore, is the first Disney animated feature for Reilly, Lynch and Silverman, and the trio recently talked about being game for the movie.
Wearing a porkpie hat, which has become something of a trademark, John C. Reilly says that working with Silverman was one of his prerequisites for doing "Wreck-It Ralph."
"In animation you usually record your part alone, which kind of defeats the purpose of getting to work with these people like Jane or Sarah, who are so quick-witted," says the actor. "I had to be on my toes with Sarah."
Reilly says he wasn't looking to do a family film but just wanted to do a good film, and gives credit to director Rich Moore and the people at Disney for giving him a chance to help develop the character of Ralph.
The 47-year-old actor and father of two describes himself as part of the first generation that was exposed to video games.
"I remember when it went from pinball machines to 'Space Invaders,'" he says. "That was before there's computers and cellphones. Just being able to manipulate what was on the television screen was outrageous."
He jokes how he would start out being "really good at games and then get worse and worse. ... It must be something in the way my brain is wired."
Reilly also believes that adults will understand Ralph's midlife crisis.
"When you're younger you think the story of my life is largely unwritten ... and then you get into your 40s and suddenly there's two chapters left. ... So I could really relate to that part of the story," he says.
And he thinks kids, who already recognize his voice from the trailer, will see how frightening it is for Ralph to go into a different game.
"You grow up in your little world ... and going out into a different world is a scary adventure."
As for being a wreck-it guy, Reilly -- who sings and plays guitar with his roots band -- smiles and says he's more of a "Handy Man," as he hums a couple of notes from the famed R&B song.
Sarah Silverman walks into the room carrying a backpack like she's still a student. The actress-comedian says it was "so cool" seeing the character of Vanellope little by little take on some of her own features. "Did you see the eyebrows?"
"It's really exciting to be in Disney movies," she says, "They really take their time. That's why the movies are always so good."
Silverman, who does a lot of stand-up, is known more for her adult humor, but she says young people connected to her self-titled Comedy Central show that ran for three years (2007-2010).
"Kids loved it because it was very colorful," she says. "Besides, I'd rather have kids approaching me much more than 50-year-old guys -- no offense."
She then launches into a spiel about guys who live with their moms and come around with "stacks of pictures for me to sign and putting them on eBay, and I'm thinking what are you doing with your lives?"
The subject then moves to how Silverman has been punched three times in the face.
The first time was when she was handing out fliers for a comedy store in New York City on the same corner as a guy dressed in a chicken outfit advertising a fast-food place. When some drunken teens started harassing the guy, Silverman intervened.
"I got in between them -- not out of heroism, but because it never occurred to me in a million years that anyone would hit precious me ... this guy just punched me square in the temple and knocked me unconscious."
The second time was during a fake fight with Ryan Phillippe during the making of "The Way of the Gun."
"I think I leaned in when I should have leaned back," says Silverman. "He connected and knocked me right off my feet. I may have cried, but when I opened my eyes, his eyes were filled with tears because he felt so terrible."
The third time was at Comic-Con when a fan with a giant foam fist punched her in the face. Silverman staggered back and then saw security guards dragging the guy away. "I just felt that he wanted to connect and didn't know what to do."
As for being a woman in stand-up -- which is male-dominated -- she jokes that "It does help to be able to take a punch" but adds more seriously that she is happy to see the character of Vanellope coming out now for young girls.
"They say that I'm so inappropriate for girls," says Silverman, 41, "but then there are things like 'The Bachelorette' and 'The Real Housewives' where women are so cruel to each other, so petty and superficial. It's heartbreaking to me. I hope there is an equal and opposite force going on.
"So go see 'Wreck-It Ralph,'" she says with a laugh.
Jane Lynch was watching her character of Sergeant Calhoun at a screening of "Wreck-It Ralph" when she remarked how good she looked. Her partner then reminded her it was animation.
"These are genius animators," says Lynch about the crew that worked on the film. "I'm sure that they were influenced by the way we moved and moved our mouths. I saw Sarah Silverman all over Vanellope. When I worked with John C. Reilly, he would say how it is written maybe once. He really made Ralph his own."
Lynch is often self-effacing. Asked why she wanted to do the role, she quips, "I'm not in the habit of turning down work, and number two, it's a Disney movie. To be in a Disney movie is an amazing thing. ... Maybe my character will be on a shelf next to Snow White and Cinderella."
Though Lynch, 52, had a solid career doing smaller roles as well as commercials and voice work through her 20s and 30s, it wasn't until the mockumentary "Best in Show" (2000) that audiences started noticing her, and with "Glee" she became a star, winning Emmy and Golden Globe awards.
"I always wished I could make it big, but I was making a nice living," she says. "To get the brass ring, though, that feeling is just a preposterous fantasy come true."
After her success on "Glee" people would ask her what was next, but Lynch didn't have an answer. Now she's working on writing pilots for TV shows. She's not sure if she'll be successful, but she is enjoying moving toward becoming a storyteller.
"When I was going through therapy about 10 years ago, I realized all the stuff I was ashamed of was the stories that I had to tell," says Lynch. "There's no way it won't have a comedic element to it. Right now it's coming from a real place, but it always turns out being funny."
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