Ben Schwartz Interview: Sonic the Hedgehog and Standing Up, Falling Down
2020 is the 12 months of Ben Schwartz. He has a ton of tasks releasing this 12 months, and spoke to Display screen Rant about Sonic, Billy Crystal, improv, and extra.
Ben Schwartz is having a busy 2020, and it is off to an incredible begin, along with his newest movie, Sonic the Hedgehog, scoring a record-breaking opening weekend on the field workplace. However for Ben, it is simply the tip of the iceberg: this Friday sees the discharge of Standing Up, Falling Down, a brand new indie movie which pairs the Parks & Recreation actor with Hollywood legend Billy Crystal in a hilarious and heartwarming story about two males looking for their approach in New York Metropolis’s Lengthy Seaside group.
Along with these movies, Schwartz additionally has quite a few tv roles throughout animation (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, DuckTales) and reside motion (House Drive), to say nothing of his ongoing improv adventures with Thomas Middleditch, that are slated to be immortalized through the simultaneous launch of three Middleditch & Schwartz improv comedy specials on Netflix. Merely put, 2020 is his 12 months.
Whereas selling… Effectively, the whole lot, however Sonic the Hedgehog and Standing Up, Falling Down particularly, Ben Schwartz spoke to Display screen Rant about his busy 2020 and gave a rundown on what followers can anticipate from a lot of his present and upcoming tasks. He talks about Sonic the Hedgehog and the way he managed to attain the title position after impressing with a temp voice on a proof-of-concept video, and explains his emotions on the controversial redesign of the beloved online game character.
Sonic the Hedgehog is in theaters now, and Standing Up, Falling Down releases on February 21.
That is cool, as a result of I bought to do an E-mail interview a number of months in the past once you did that pop up retailer, with the towel jackets.
I wrote all these questions that you simply learn and answered, however now it is time for the true one-on-one.
I’ve adopted your profession notably intently as a result of I am from Woodlawn within the Bronx, and I do know you are from Riverdale.
And I am at the moment chatting with you from my dad and mom’ place in Yonkers, which is true subsequent to Edgemont.
That’s the place I work! After I’m at my dad and mom’ home, I actually simply stroll over to Nathan’s as a result of it has nice wi-fi and I am going to spend all day there, working and ingesting free refills on soda.
It is truly on the opposite facet of the road from the place it was once. And no, no extra video video games.
Effectively, I might love to speak to you about rising up within the higher Yonkers space, however we must always most likely get round to speaking about your films.
You’ve got bought a lot happening in 2020. You are on tour one million weeks out of the 12 months. You’ve got bought two films popping out. You’ve got bought Ninja Turtles and Ducktales. It is arduous for me to say these two phrases with out wanting to carry my breath so arduous my head explodes, however you have bought House Drive.
You are prolific!
So I suppose I ought to ask you a similar query they ask Sarah Jessica Parker in all her films: how do you do all of it?
I do know Standing Up, Falling Down was shot some time in the past, it performed on the festivals final 12 months, so it have to be a aid for it to lastly be out within the wild.
Yeah, I bought to interview Matt Ratner about it, and that can be printed a bit nearer to the film’s launch date. Nevertheless it’s humorous, as a result of they shot that film in Lengthy Seaside, and I reside in Far Rockaway, which is only a jog away from there.
I’ll take over your life. I’ll Single White Feminine you.
I am your Shadow the Hedgehog.
Sure, precisely! This interview is over! Okay, sufficient making this about me, or my editor’s gonna kill me. Okay, so one film, you get to work with Billy Crystal, and the opposite you get to work with Jim Carrey. Two titans, two legends of their discipline. However did you get to spend any time on the set of Sonic, or was all of it within the sales space?
One of many greats. And on the identical time, you get to do that different film with Billy Crystal, who’s… I suppose he could also be a bit extra New York particular, but additionally a full-on legend.
You mentioned earlier that Standing Up, Falling Down was one thing you needed to anticipate as a result of it needed to do the pageant circuit, and I am simply now realizing that it form of occurred to Sonic, as nicely.
In that e-mail interview we did some time again, you say on the very finish, Sonic’s launch date, however it was the previous launch date! And, like, actually the day after that interview bought printed, the film bought pushed again.
At this second, I’m 100% assured that’s precisely what occurred.
I am a mover and a shaker.
One thing like that. One would possibly say that. Precisely one individual would possibly say that. And that might be me. Anyway, what was the angle when that occurred? Was it like, oh my God, the sky is falling! Or was it like, oh nicely, I suppose this stuff can occur?
The legend about your casting is that you simply had been introduced in as a temp voice and a few man in a cigar was like, “We love him, preserve him!” Is that the way it went down?
Uhhhh, sure. Sure I did.
Did you get to satisfy with Roger Craig Smith or anybody who ever voiced him previously? Or was that by no means actually a consider your efficiency?
Yeah, Into the Sonic-Verse.
Sonic 2, carry it on! I am going to take my Government Producer credit score, thanks very a lot.
That is me, child! Okay, your reps despatched me a sheet with the whole lot you are doing proper now, and it’s loopy. There’s actually a lot. Rumble. It is a WWE animated film… What?
Sure it’s, Ben Schwartz.
M.O.D.O.Ok. with Patton Oswalt, a Marvel cartoon. Identical query: what?
House Drive. What?
Was it, like, the second that… That individual first mentioned the phrase “House Drive,” Greg was like, a lightbulb went off in his head?
Let’s do yet another. You and Middleditch on the street, what?
Oh, I did not know you had been doing Netflix! Hype!
I am unable to even think about the high-wire rigidity that comes with doing long-form improv. That have to be so intimidating!
This has been an actual deal with. You are a treasure. A nationwide treasure, a New York treasure. It is you and Billy, man!
Me too! They despatched me a screener, and it is simply so nice. It is like All within the Household, the place it is so humorous whereas tackling actual life drama, however it would not go from one to the opposite; it does each on the identical time, on a regular basis. I like that.
It is a actually particular film, and I hope it will get the viewers it deserves.