McKidd: I started as Young MacGuffin, and that took a while because they wanted Young MacGuffin to be that kind of character that nobody can understand a word he says because his accent is so thick. He comes on the line with Elgin accent undimmed, despite his years in LA. Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”), Craig Ferguson (“The Late Late Show”) and Kevin McKidd (“Grey’s Anatomy”) gave PopcornBiz a roguish, broguish earful about bringing the tones of the bonnie homeland to “Brave.” The story was pretty much set and all of that, and I think that they just pretty much wanted us to bring our voices. I feel very privileged. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The humorous and wildness but warmth still exists, really captured that, kind of … When I was a kid, when I was at school, Billy released a comedy album called 'Solo Concert.' Brave (2012) Kevin McKidd: Lord MacGuffin, Young MacGuffin. ( Log Out /  I'd seen English actors pretend to be Scottish. McKidd: I remember maybe 15 or 20 years ago, he did a tour of all the little village halls in the whole of Scotland. On whether there’s a Scottish network of creative types within Hollywood: Kelly Macdonald: I'm Scottish and I've read things that have said I have a terrible Scottish accent. On being part of a Scotland-set story starring Pixar’s first female lead: He is the son of Lord MacGuffin, and one of the suitors competing for Princess Merida's hand in marriage. I channeled myself as a young [boy] because I was a very, very painfully shy boy. Ferguson: We can't tell you that. It's more of a summons. On fellow “Brave” voice actor, comedian and Scottish icon Billy Connolly: I think the world is different than it was maybe 20 or 30 years ago when regional accents were a very exotic and odd thing, but with the Internet and the YouTubes and all the different communication systems that exist in the world, I think that people's ears are much more attuned to authenticity in accents now. During the filming of the scene from “Dog Soldiers” in which his character Cooper knocks out Wells, McKidd was throwing a stage punch for the first time, and misjudged the distance, catching Sean Pertwee, who played the role of Wells, right on the nose. His performance as Dr. Owen Hunt has earned him the Best Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline Award in the 2010 Prism Awards ceremony. Great Scots Put Accent On Fun in ‘Brave' Craig Ferguson, Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd bring their brogues intact to animated tale of ancient Scotland. All rights reserved. After Pixar set its latest computer-animated extravaganza “Brave” in the misty environs of ancient Scotland, the filmmakers were, as usual, able to tap some of showbiz’s hottest personalities to give voice to the characters – and luckily, many of them came with their own natural Scots intonations. I channeled myself as a young [boy] because I was a very, very painfully shy boy. The album was released on June 15, 2012, in aid of Save the Children. And that's kind of how I feel about Billy. Ferguson: They kind of know what they're doing. He was like, 'You up there, stay still with the follow spot!' He's like the god, the granddaddy of Scottish comedy and has been unbelievable. Billy changed the game. The story was pretty much set and all of that, and I think that they just pretty much wanted us to bring our voices. McKidd: I started as Young MacGuffin, and that took a while because they wanted Young MacGuffin to be that kind of character that nobody can understand a word he says because his accent is so thick. I feel very privileged. Billy had just been in doing a session before me and before I knew what happened I was around his neck like a monkey. You listen to young, black comedians talk about Richard Pryor and that's who Billy is to me. Ferguson: Disney is so powerful that Kelly no longer owns her own voice, and so as she speaks to you now she begins to owe the Disney corporation money. But kept it a secret from Director Neil Marshall, for the fear that he would be replaced. Kevin McKidd: The film was very well formed by the time that I joined it. ( Log Out /  Showing all 11 items Jump to: Photos (7) Quotes (4) Photos . Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. They make films about fish and toys and robots, and there are some really strong female characters in those films, in 'The Incredibles' and Jessie from 'Toy Story.' Macdonald: Attention to detail is not my strong point and it totally passed my by that I was going to the first female protagonist in a Pixar movie until quite recently, really until I started doing interviews. It's more of a summons. I'd seen caricatures of Scottish people, but I'd never seen anything like that. However, when the pain became unbearable, he revealed the injury to Marshall, after which he was replaced with Jason Statham. Billy is Jackie Robinson as far as I'm concerned. Change ). So yeah – It's not just a male thing. You listen to young, black comedians talk about Richard Pryor and that's who Billy is to me. Apart from acting, till date, he has also been on the director’s chair of “Grey’s Anatomy” for 22 episodes, since his first directorial debut in the “Don’t Deceive Me (Please Don’t Go)” episode of Season 7. Copyright © 2020 NBCUniversal Media, LLC. In the movie “Bedrooms and Hallways,” Kevin’s character of Leo kisses Brendan, played by James Purefoy. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I'm kind of glad that I didn't know while I was doing it because it would've been a lot of pressure, but I don't think that I've personally watched a Pixar movie and felt wronged in that there wasn't a female protagonist. Scottish accents in Hollywood aren’t just limited to Sean Connery’s masculine rolling r’s or the late James Doohan’s faux-brogue anymore. McKidd: Or we'd have to kill you. Ferguson: Billy is an Elvis to me. Billy is Jackie Robinson as far as I'm concerned. So I never felt that I was missing out on that, but I feel very privileged, having said all of that. He came to my town and I was this sort of theater rat and I got to do his follow spotlight in Elgin Town Hall. I just basically channeled my dad for Lord MacGuffin because he's grumpy and old. So that's kind of what happens. I meet Kevin McKidd the day after seeing Brave, in a Hollywood hotel. Craig Ferguson: It's a sign of the times. I'd seen caricatures of Scottish people, but I'd never seen anything like that. When I was a kid, when I was at school, Billy released a comedy album called 'Solo Concert.' On being part of a Scotland-set story starring Pixar’s first female lead: Billy had just been in doing a session before me and before I knew what happened I was around his neck like a monkey. But, fortunately, Statham’s commitment with “Ghost of Mars,” made him turn down the offer, and McKidd was rehired after his recovery. But, fortunately, Statham’s commitment with “Ghost of Mars,” made him turn down the offer, and McKidd was rehired after his recovery. Then they offered me Lord MacGuffin, the older character, the dad, and we started doing sessions where I'd do both at the same time and I ended up just meeting somewhere in the middle, kind of between a rock and a hard place.

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