Q&A: Dane Cook Has More In Common with a Plane Than You Might Think
Dane Cook and Dusty Crophopper in Disney's 'Planes'. Photos courtesy of Disney and Getty Images.
Dane Cook's website used to keep fans updated on the latest "Dane Train" news, but thanks to the comedian/actor's latest role, we'll be looking for more "Dane Plane" news.
In Disney's latest animated wonder, "Planes," Cook voices Dusty Crophopper, an anthropomorphic crop-duster who longs to be a globe-trotting aerial racer. While it's hard enough to succeed in something Dusty's not built for, further complicating matters is the fact that he is mortified of heights.
Surprisingly, Cook has a lot in common with Dusty. "It's funny how many parallels there were to my young adult life in this story," Cook recently told us in a phone interview about the film.
As you'll find out in the full interview below, it is a little bit funny. And though you may not expect as much from a comedian who's not afraid to go to the crass side, Cook's similarities to Dusty are also a little bit touching.
What's not surprising is that Cook's "Planes" performance is funny and touching too; what else would you expect from a Disney animated movie?
"Planes" opens wide this weekend.
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What did you see in this project that made you sign on?
Dane Cook: In terms of what [executive producer John] Lasseter and Disney and Pixar have done over the years, which is just incredible heart in these films. Just because of where they are now willing to take these characters and what topics they tackle along the way. So many different themes of isolation, and feeling neglect, and fear, and I just love that about these movies.
When I read the script, and there was this scene where Skipper, as his mentor, is talking to Dusty about things in his past that were traumatizing. And I knew in reading the script that there would be this flashback moment. And it moved me. I was sitting there going "wow". And the fact that I was saying "wow" to a script, I knew that where they would take it, and because of the lineage of Disney and the people behind it, that I was going to be a part of something very special.
And then you see that scene on the big screen, and it's arguably one of the most emotional scenes you've seen in an animated action-adventure in many, many years.
Did you discuss that scene with Mr. Lasseter? I mean, because I remember seeing it and saying, "Man, that's pretty heavy.
DC: I had talk with Klay [Hall], our director, on the day as we were doing it. And the notes that we kept getting back from the bosses were, "Keep going. Keep pushing it."
I remember saying, "I really want to play this with real trepidation in his voice going into it, but then once he's crashing through the waves, I want to be throwing water on my face and sounding like I'm drowning and choking. So, to finally see that scene in the completed form – I love that there's great laughs, great heart, an incredible message for kids, and then there's also grit in there.
Did you really have water thrown in your face during that scene?
DC: I was taking bottles of water, and before each take, I would try to purposely put it into a place where I would choke so that you would hear that kind of breath you only get when you stay under the pool a little bit too long. So yeah, whatever I could do to pull out an authentic sound for that scene.