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Sandra Bullock to voice villain in 'Despicable Me' spinoff

At least you can't accuse them of type casting

By Corwin Neuse Feb 11, 2013 8:52PM
Sandra Bullock has played many characters in her long, illustrious career—most subtle variations of her own carefully cultivated, undeniably charming, superstar persona, not that there's anything wrong with that—but has she ever played a villain? She was certainly... bossy, as Leigh Anne Tuohy, in 2009's "The Blind Side," a performance that earned her an Oscar. But evil? Not quite. She's played a racist in "Crash," an alcoholic in "28 Days," and an annoying fussbudget in practically every romantic comedy she's ever been in, but an out-and-out villain?

Anyway, all that will change, soon, in "Minions," an upcoming spinoff of "Despicable Me." The plot will reportedly focus on the titular minions, the adorable little evil helpers who were arguably the best part of that 2010 children's flick. Bullock will play—or voice, rather—Scarlett Overkill, a "stylish" super-villain bent on world domination. Of course.

We're not against her casting, but doesn't throwing her into an animated movie waste her best assets? Not that she doesn't have a distinctive voice—she doesn't—but aren't her greatest gifts her movie-star smile, her charisma, her shockingly good sense of physical comedy? And wouldn't all those things be wasted in a cartoon? But we digress.

[via Deadline]
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Feb 12, 2013 4:32PM
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I think it is fantastic she is willing to try a new venue. This will be a good one since she is a single Mom and can have the boy with her. Smart woman no long hours on a movie set so she can spend more time with her child.
Feb 12, 2013 3:53PM
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Sandy is a wonderful actress and I look forward to her audio performance.  this should be a real challenge, to make a character come to life by using only her voice. Someone for her to study is James Earl Jones, who is no great actor, his voice being everything.
Feb 12, 2013 7:26PM
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Saw her name on the list of  "Women men find revolting", also on that list, Heidi Klum, All the Kardashians, and Hope Solo for starters
Feb 12, 2013 6:03PM
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I am not going to pan the critics here ... What I am going to do is say best of luck to everyone involved in this epic because if wise minds prevail ... It will be an epic ... Have fun, enjoy the day and follow your dreams ... Doing something special for children should never be a chore ... 

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Ugh. Is Hollywood really that hard-up for villains? She's about as scary as pancakes.
Feb 12, 2013 3:53PM
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I agree.  Waste of her talent.  I think she is adorable (and so does my husband).  She could certainly play a "real" villan, not a hidden cartoon character.
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