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THE MOVIE: Over the Hedge

THE STARS:
(voices of) Bruce Willis • Garry Shandling
• Wanda Sykes • Steve Carell • William Shatner
DIRECTOR: Tim Johnson & Karey Kirkpatrick

Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling,Wanda Sykes and their characters THE CONCEPT:
Based on the popular comic strip
Turtle Verne (Shandling) and his woodland friends awaken from theirhibernation to discover a large, green hedge is in the middle of their once-natural habitat. Enter smooth-talking RJ (Willis), a raccoon who explains the world beyond the hedge, urging them to exploit this strange new world called…
Suburbia!

U.S. RELEASE: May 19 2006, Nationwide • Rated: PG

THE COMMENTS:

BRUCE WILLIS:
“This is the hardest theatrical experience I’ve ever attempted. You take away all of the actor’s tools, there are no props, no other actors to work with. You’re just doing your lines, and they continually change. I can’t think of a difficult enough metaphor for how hard this was.”

GARRY SHANDLING:
“When he talks about how difficult it is, it makes me feel better because it was so tough for me, and having so much story to play made it even tougher.”

WANDA SYKES (Stella the skunk):
“It was difficult for me because I was trying to find the voice for this character. People hire me to come in and just be me and deliver a joke. I’ve never had a character that actually had an arc, so it was like, ‘I might have to act.’ I’ve never done that before. I felt very vulnerable.”

WILLIS:
“I completely ripped off the character of David Addison [that he played in Moonlighting]. When I was hired that was one of the first things they said to me, “What do you think about doing it like David Addison?’’ And I thought, ‘Well, it’s a way in.’ It’s some of his attitude and some of that devil-may-care, there are differences too I think.”

SHANDLING:
“I had big concerns about the reality issues of what was going on in the movie, I was concerned about Verne’s weight and if he looked fat in that shell.”

SYKES:
“Stella has every right to be grouchy and have an edge to her. Who wouldn’t if you just stunk all the time? Stella gets it; she’s like, ‘These are the cards I’ve been dealt. I’m a skunk. People see me and run away. This is my life. It stinks, but I know it stinks and I’m going to deal with it, but not necessarily on a positive note.’”

WILLIS:
“The overriding emotion in creating my character was just feeling so vulnerable and so lost, and wishing to God that I had one of the actors there that I was supposed to be in the scene with. They said, ‘No, it works better if you just do it by yourself.’ It’s really hard. It’s like standing there in your underwear.”

SYKES:
“They really made me stand in my underwear. Why was that?” [she laughs]

SHANDLING:
“You guys are lucky you got to wear underwear. I was standing there with nothing.’ I said, ‘Is this what everybody’s doing? They said, ‘Yeah,’ and I said, ‘Why are you taking [photos] with that flash camera?’” [they all laugh]

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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