Seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner reprises his Superman: The Animated Series/Justice League role as Granny Goodness in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the ninth entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies coming September 28, 2010.
Asner took some time to answer a few questions following his latest recording session as Granny Goodness.
QUESTION: How does Granny Goodness compare to playing other female characters?
ED ASNER: I donâ€™t think I have played any other female characters before (he laughs). But if I did, sheâ€™d have more balls than any of them. Itâ€™s become the fashion lately â€“ thereâ€™s Brian Bedford in Stratford doing Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wildeâ€™s play. What hasnâ€™t been done enough is women playing men in as butch a manner as possible. Thatâ€™s got to be even more fun. Iâ€™m talking somebody like Marjorie Main pulling it off.
QUESTION: What do you use as a focal point while voicing Granny?
ED ASNER: Iâ€™m thinking sheâ€™s a lot of chest, a lot of high pressure steam, and that sheâ€™s probably got a constant focus on vengeance and wreaking havoc on whoever she can. And I want to get away with as much damage as I can in as high-flown an effeminate form as possible.
QUESTION: Youâ€™ve done it all and had long-lasting success in the entertainment industry. Whatâ€™s the enticement of voice acting for you?
ED ASNER: Itâ€™s always a trip a joyful trip to come into the studio, and especially working with this group. Andrea (Romano) is a delight to work with, and Bruce (Timm) knows this genre better than anybody. Plus, itâ€™s the ability to let your imagination take flight â€“ to take chances, to plunge and to soar. Thatâ€™s something you donâ€™t get to do as an actor. You get to do it as a kid. So I grab the opportunity as often as I can.
QUESTION: With all the animation work youâ€™ve done, and the huge success of Up, can we assume you see animated films and television as a viable source of entertainment.
ED ASNER: Iâ€™ve always loved cartoons â€“ I watched them when I was young, I still watch them now. And it is interesting to see how much more adult theyâ€™ve gotten in terms of content, from these super hero pieces with their violence and more adult themes to the truly mature,
fully-developed stories developed in films like Up and Wall-E. Todayâ€™s animation goes places cartoons didnâ€™t used to go.
QUESTION: How do you feel about spunk?
ED ASNER: That all depends on whoâ€™s got it.
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