Sonic the Hedgehog proved to be a box office hit, despite the public’s mixed relationship with big-screen, video game adaptations. There are a few elements that can be attributed to the film’s success, but many would argue that its biggest draw is Jim Carrey, who played the comedically villainous Dr. Robotnik.
Jim Carrey was a vital addition for a film that audiences had low expectations for and, in the end, it worked out in Paramount’s favor. Ben Schwartz, the actor behind the furry, blue speedster, is well aware of how important it was for Sonic the Hedgehog to have Carrey, and he could only sing his praises when he spoke with our own ReelBlend podcast. You can listen to the conversation down below:
During the chat, Ben Schwartz stressed just how lucky he and the rest of the cast and crew were to have Jim Carrey sign on for Sonic the Hedgehog. What made things even better was that Carrey had resolved to lean into his classic brand of comedy for the role:
Because Schwartz’s voicework wasn’t performed until post-production, he was unable to actually watch Jim Carrey work on set. So he was more than excited when he finally got to watch Carrey’s performance in its entirety in the cinema:
What’s most exciting to Ben Schwartz, however, is the prospect of Sonic the Hedgehog introducing a new generation of moviegoers to Jim Carrey:
It’s hard not to marvel at the work of someone like Jim Carrey, as a filmography like his is pretty hard to top. Robotnik only adds to the colorful array of roles he’s played, and the actor had more than a few memorable moments as the mad genius. I mean how do you top that dance sequence?
Sonic the Hedgehog is now available on Digital HD and will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on May 19.
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