The Addams Family are a fictional group of ghouls who have enthralled audiences for decades. They're creepy and they're kooky and... you know the rest. Given the Addams' long tenure in the entertainment business (which includes comics, the TV series, and even a Broadway musical), plenty of actors have played the iconic members of the family. And for the upcoming Addams Family animated blockbuster, the always monotoned Wednesday was voiced by Kick-Ass actress Chloe Grace Moretz. And she used a specific alternative rock band to help her get into the character: My Chemical Romance.
My Chemical Romance made a big splash when they debuted in the early 2000s, with their album The Black Parade helping to make the group a household name. It turns out that Chloe Grace Moretz was a big fan of MCR at this time. And she helped use the music to get into Wednesday's emo personality. She revealed this to CinemaBlend's Jeff McCobb, check out their conversation below.
Well, that's one way to get into character. Voice acting can be a funny job, as there aren't scene partners or sets to utilize in order to transform into another person. But Chloe Grace Moretz was able to tap into her roots as a My Chemical Romance fan to help inform her character. And if the trailers for The Addams Family are any indication, it was a process that worked out.
Chloe Grace Moretz's comments to CinemaBlend's Jeff McCobb at The Addams Family junket helps to illuminate the process of voice acting. Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan's adaptation of the beloved spooky family's story has a killer cast (pun intended). Mortez is joined by the likes of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, and Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard. But recording is usually a private experience, with actors having to find a way to bring their characters to life. And with such beloved and outrageous characters like The Addams, this job is doubly important to sell the movie.
Wednesday Addams has always been a fan favorite member of the family, as her monotoned voice and penchant for torture are in stark juxtaposition to the usual characterization of a young girl. Wednesday was notably played to perfection by Christina Ricci in the live-action Addams Family movies. Now Chloe Grace Moretz has the chance to bring her own version of the character to life, this time with the animated medium.
The new Addams Family movie is co-directed by the filmmakers who helmed Seth Rogen's Sausage Party. As such, cinephiles should expect plenty of twisted humor. Besides, who is as twisted as the Addams? But since directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan are working on a PG rated animated movie rather than a hard R, they're going to have to go for a more family friendly version of their humor. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, and how many mature jokes are added for the adults in the audience.
While My Chemical Romance split up a few years ago, their catalogue continues to resonate with fans. And ass Jeff McCobb mentioned during his above conversation with Chloe Grace Moretz, lead singer Gerard Way has continued to influence pop culture through comics, including The Umbrella Academy. That comic was recently adapted into a Netflix series, with Way serving as an executive producer on the streaming adaptation. What's more, The Umbrella Academy is getting a second season on Netflix.