Villains’ Marc Maron talks about the DC League of Super-Pets

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In “The Villains” by DreamWorks, Marc Maron voices Mr. Snake, the second-in-command of a group of criminal animals trying to pull off a major heist. However, Maron admitted Variety at the film’s premiere Tuesday in Los Angeles that he doesn’t like animated films.

“I’m not a big fan of animated movies, my sense of animation goes back to when I was in high school and when Ralph Bakshi’s ‘Wizards’ came out,” Maron said, referring to the 1977 sci-fi movie. “So my point of reference is kind of outdated. But this one was good!”

And later this year, Maron will voice legendary comic book villain Lex Luthor in “DC League of Super-Pets.” “They wanted me to be dry and sarcastic,” Maron said. “So I played him a bit like me, but with a bit more bite. That one, I didn’t even realize was a big movie. They were just like, ‘Do you want to do this voice for Lex Luthor?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah!’ I thought it was a TV series, but now it’s going to be a huge movie. I should probably do more research.

Meanwhile, Maron’s “The Bad Guys” co-stars turned out to be anime aficionados as they chatted about their favorite villains on the big screen.

Anthony Ramoswho plays Mr. Piranha in ‘The Bad Guys’, cast the tyrannical Lord Farquaad in ‘Shrek’.

“He’s legendary, bro,” Ramos said Variety. “He’s like the smallest, baddest dude. Hair, everything. He is legendary.

Kristen Lowe, Creative Director of DreamWorks Animations, Executive Producer Etan Cohen, Producer Rebecca Huntley, Anthony Ramos, Zazie Beetz, Director Pierre Perifel, Producer Damon Ross, Composer Daniel Pemberton, President of DreamWorks Animations Margie Cohn , Marc Maron and Lilly Singh attend as DreamWorks Animation Presents The Bad Guys Special Screening at The Theater at Ace Hotel on April 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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Zazie Beetz and Lilly Singh both share a favorite villain in Scar, the diabolical, Shakespearian schemer from Disney’s “Lion King.” However, they have different reasons for their love of the animated lion. For Singh, the character stuck with her as it gave her many nightmares throughout her childhood.

“The scar is the one that upset me the most, where I couldn’t sleep,” Singh said. “Everything from his body language to his facial expressions, he just haunts me at night. So he’s a good villain.

Beetz, on the other hand, loves the character because she sees him as a complex three-dimensional force in the Pride Lands.

“It is quite complicated and complex; I wouldn’t mind seeing an origin story of why he landed where he landed,” Beetz said. “There’s a lot of deep pain and hurt, and I find that interesting.”

Director “The Villains” Pierre Perifelwhose favorite animated villain is Syndrome from “The Incredibles,” said Variety at the premiere, DreamWorks executives hope the film is the start of a franchise.

“There’s definitely potential for more,” Perifel said. “We’re trying to gauge whether this movie captures the public’s imagination enough, or the public’s enough. But if it does, I’m in, of course. I love this cast of characters.

“The Bad Guys” hits theaters on April 22.

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