Patrick Stewart will always stand in the pantheon of great actors as well as, possibly, being the king of genre roles. Pushing everything else he has accomplished aside, just his work as Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: the Next Generation and Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men franchise of films cements him a nothing short of an icon.
The press tour for Logan is well underway and Stewart has been popping up making major appearances on the talkshow circuit. He recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show with Hugh Jackman where he told a highly personal and incredibly hilarious story that captured the internet's heart.
In a recent appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Stewart came out to talk all things Professor X and Logan related. Colbert opened the interview by asking about The Emoji Movie, which Stewart lends his famous voice to in the highbrow role of the Poop Emoji. Stewart has an absolutely wonderful sense of humor about the role and assures Colbert, and the viewing audience, that he has a lot of experience with the subject matter that makes him perfect for the role. He even jokes:
"Poop has been a life-long work in progress."
The Emoji Movie will be directed by Tony Leondis, who is no stranger to animated movies, having made his directorial debut with Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch. Stewart is joined in the cast by T.J. Miller (Deadpool), as Gene, Jennifer Coolidge (2 Broke Girls), as Mary Meh and fellow Englishman James Cordon (The Late Late Show With James Cordon), as Hi-5. Each of these cast members brings a solid voice acting pedigree along with them.
This little snippet of an interview is probably the best marketing move The Emoji Movie didn't intentionally initiate. Sony is going to have an uphill battle getting audiences into the theater for this movie that has already been met with doubt from the day it was announced. If the movie can bottle some of Stewart's warm humor in their final product, it may yet come out and surprise people.
However, just because The Emoji Movie's leading man is sweet and funny in an interview about Logan doesn't mean that any of that will bleed over into the movie itself. There are no assurances made here that the movie will be anything other than a silly surface-level project designed to tap into the same audience as something like, say, Angry Birds.
Source: The Late Show
- The Emoji Movie (2017) release date: Jul 28, 2017