Will Arnett Didn’t Get To Keep His LEGO Batman From ‘The LEGO Movie’

By Christopher Rosen

Now that everyone in America has see “Frozen” more than once, the next must-see animated blockbuster, “The LEGO Movie,” is ready to arrive in theaters.

“It’s a movie meant for everybody. It really is just fun for adults and children,” Will Arnett, who voices LEGO Batman in the film, told HuffPost Entertainment. “I’m so happy and impressed that we were able to make a movie that can appeal to so many. A pan-generational film.”

Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“21 Jump Street,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”), “The LEGO Movie” is more than just product placement (though there’s plenty of that as well). It’s a funny, witty romp about imagination and individuality in a world where both seem in short supply, featuring a voice cast of comedy all-stars that includes Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Will Ferrell and Arnett. HuffPost Entertainment spoke to Arnett about the new film, his affection for LEGOs in general and what he thought about the response to Season 4 of “Arrested Development.”

You’ve worked on so many animated projects. When did you realize voice over was a talent you possessed?
When I first started really using my voice, which was for voice overs, I was dumb enough that I didn’t realize it was something you could do. When someone said to me that it was, my answer was, “What are you talking about?” It was like a whole other world opened up. It quickly became something I was good at. I did that for many years. The world of animation and voicing characters, that’s been something that’s really cool and that I really like. I really like doing it because you can change things. I can’t change the way that I look. There’s only so much you can do. A lot of actors, Christian Bale and a lot of other actors do that, but it’s a whole process. I can quickly change my voice and become another person more easily.

You mentioned Bale, who now has the most famous Batman voice. How did you decide on your version’s sound?
It was what would make Chris Miller, Phil Lord and I laugh. Starting with Adam West and through Christian Bale, it feels like the voice of Batman has gotten more and more serious and dark. You know how Christian Bale talks like this. In a low tone. They had to amplify his voice, I guess, because it was very low and soft. So I wanted to take that and just have Batman talk in that voice all the time. Especially for super mundane stuff. “I have to get out of here because I have an appointment.” That is hysterical.

How much of a LEGO fan were you growing up?
I played with LEGO by far more than any other toy. I have a brother almost 10 years my junior, and I introduced him to LEGO when I was probably far too old to be playing with them. I did that, basically, as a cover …read more

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