Larry Miller Interview - Bee Movie and Blonde Ambition
Larry Miller joked that his characters were very __________________ to women 18 - 49.
What's happening with Bee Movie?
Larry Miller: "Bee Movie's going to be really, really good. Look, in comedy there's only funny and not funny and Jerry Seinfeld is funny. The guy's been funny in everything he's ever done, and this is a funny idea. I love all this work. Acting, comedy writing, I really love it a lot so sure. The call came in and said, 'Let's do this thing,' and who wouldn't? You would. Everyone would. It's going to be funny."
Were you allowed to improv doing this character?
Larry Miller: "Some yeah, but remember when he writes He used to write for the TV show and when he and Larry David wrote together those were meaty words. That's already funny so all you have to do is show up, as Spencer Tracy used to say, 'Just show up and don't bump into the furniture.'"
Who do you play in Bee Movie?
Larry Miller: "I play Mr Belson, the owner of the honey company Honex. I should know that, shouldn't I?"
Is he a good guy?
Larry Miller: "He's not only a good guy but he's very, very powerfully attractive to women (laughing). It's not written that way but I certainly think I bring that to it. It's very, very potent for the 18 to 49 women. Again, not conventionally seen that way, but that's certainly what I feel (laughing). "
You've also got Blonde Ambition with Jessica Simpson. That's a remake so were you leery of that?
Larry Miller: "No. Remake? Oh goodness no. Are you kidding? You can remake Richard the Third. That's a remake. This is off of Working Girl. And it's got really great people Penelope Ann Miller, Jessica Simpson. And also Luke Wilson. We had a really good time there and Scott Marshall directed it. I worked for him in Keeping Up With the Steins. I've known him for years. He's Garry Marshall's son. This is a really solid pedigree they have. More people who know what's funny. "
So it's not a remake then, it's a re-envisioning of it?
Larry Miller: "It's taking the concept of a woman going into a large company and making her way. An innocent in the big city. I play her boss who is very surprisingly attractive to the women in the 18 to I'm just going to keep saying that by the way. (laughing). 'Gee, that's not at all what the part is.' 'Yes, it is. It is now.'"