The highly anticipated sequel to Pixar’s The Incredibles is finally here. The film’s director and cast recently spoke at a press conference in Hollywood for The Incredibles 2. Holly Hunter talked about the role reversal between her character Elastigirl and Mr. Incredible.
Elastigirl’s New Role
In The Incredibles 2, superheroes are still illegal. Elastigirl, aka Helen, is asked to be the spokesperson for a pro-superhero campaign to make them legal again. Her husband Bob, aka Mr. Incredible, is disappointed at not getting the job but encourages his wife to do it. In a reversal of their roles from the first movie, Helen fights crime while Bob stays home with their children.
Holly Hunter’s Reaction
Holly Hunter was asked about her first take when she read The Incredibles 2’s screenplay. Hunter surprisingly answered, “Well, I didn’t read a screenplay. Because there wasn’t really one.” Co-Star Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Frozone, piped in with, “You didn’t see the whole script?”
Hunter pointed to director Brad Bird and said, “He’s the screenplay. He was my walking encyclopedia.” Bird countered with, “You had pages.” Hunter continued undeterred saying, “Yeah. He was my instruction manual. That’s it right there.”
Going on about her experience Hunter said, “It was a while before I truly realized what I was really going to get to do in the movie. And I was really thrilled. But it was like a retroactive thrill. Because over a period of months before I started gleefully singing during our recording sessions about how great my part was. But to me, it was just really fun.”
ELASTIGIRL THE ICON
Hunter continued with, “I don’t think that this is a message movie in any way. I think it’s purely like luck, luck of the draw that this happens to be dovetailing with Me Too and Time’s Up. But obviously, time is up. Okay. And I feel that way personally. And it happens to be serendipitously reflected in this particular movie. But at the same time, it’s character revelation period. Everybody is having revelations including Jack-Jack. All the characters are revelations to the audience and to themselves. And so, I’m no exception as Elastigirl.” Sarah Vowell, who plays Violet, remarked, “Even there’s a raccoon that goes on a hero’s journey (LAUGHTER).”
Reacting to Vowell, Hunter said, “And in fact, I feel like in some ways, Violet’s adolescent thing, her jag in this movie, the rage, there is adolescence that I feel from Mr. Incredible and also from Elastigirl too.”
THE INCREDIBLES’ WIDE APPEAL
Hunter was later asked about the movie’s appeal to all audiences, not just kids. She replied, “Yeah. I think that we probably all felt that way about the first one as well. Which was that it was a movie that stood on its own. It’s not a kid’s movie.”
She continued with, “In a way, this one is particularly more not a kid’s movie. Although kids totally dig it. There were a lot of kids in the audience in the premier night who loved it. And even small kids love Jack-Jack and love Dash.”
“But I think it works, it’s like Bob (Odenkirk, who plays superhero fan Winston Deavor) said, in a way, the movie has complexity that is really astonishing, in that it has got like five different movies. And they all work in concert with each other. They all need each other, all five. But it’s an incredible fabric that’s been woven together. It’s very sophisticated.”