It’s difficult to imagine A-list movie stars having self-doubt, but of course it does happen.
Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas) talks about his initial concerns over giving Paddington Bear a voice in an interview with Marie Claire.
Whishaw tells the U.S. magazine, “I said no the first time. I just thought, I’m not very good at doing voices, I can’t do it and I don’t think I’ll be right for it.”
The British actor may have been feeling extra pressure with Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) having just backed out of Paddington. Firth released a statement saying, “After a period of denial, we’ve chosen ‘conscious uncoupling.’”
There were no hard feelings after the uncoupling, both Firth and Heyday Films agreed his voice just wasn’t a good match for the young bear.
Whishaw, 33, explained to Marie Claire that he thought the process was limited to him in a recording studio, speaking into a microphone, but he reconsidered the offer when learning there was more to it: Whishaw was filmed, and footage of his face, mouth and movements were blended with Paddington himself.
It also didn’t hurt that director Paul King sent the young actor “a very sweet note,” asking him to reconsider. And he did.
The British actor admits he was able to master the voice once seeing the entire package. He tried out a few different things with his voice, but in the end he went with what came natural, saying, “Over time I realized that it should sound like I do in real life.”
The new trailer with Whishaw’s voice came out last week, but it’s worth giving it a second listen after hearing how much heart and thought went into this decision:
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