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by Dianna Ranere

Interview | Marc Maron and Craig Robinson from The Bad Guys

This Friday, April 22nd, The Bad Guys hits theaters.

The Bad Guys

After a lifetime of legendary heists, notorious criminals Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula are finally caught. To avoid a prison sentence, the animal outlaws must pull off their most challenging con yet — becoming model citizens. Under the tutelage of their mentor, Professor Marmalade, the dubious gang sets out to fool the world that they’re turning good.

I was invited along with other bloggers to interview Marc Maron who played Mr. Snake and Craig Robinson who played Mr. Shark. After I welcomed them to the room my first question went to Craig Robinson because I absolutely loved his character Mr. Shark

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Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson), Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell), Piranha (Anthony Ramos), and Mr. Snake (Marc Maron) in DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys, directed by Pierre Perifel.

What was your favorite scene or line in the movie?

I went back and forth laughing about, “I’m having a baby.” So, it’s probably that. Even though I did some French accent stuff that was pretty high up there, but I think, when I would go to those high-pitch numbers, we couldn’t stop laughing. It was fun making those guys laugh in the booth. So, I’m going to go ahead and just say, me as a pregnant woman.

What drew you to want to be a part of this. Was it the books or something else?

Marc Maron (Mr. Snake)

Marc Maron: Well, for me, it was the fact that they wanted me to do it. So, that made it pretty easy (laughs). I did not know the books but I was given all the books and I looked at the character and I read the script and I was definitely in. I could relate to relate to the snake.

Craig Robinson: I’m like Marc, I was all for the role. They pitched it to me, and I got to see what the characters looked like, what the idea for the movie was and some of the people involved and it was a no-brainer for me. I was, like, you had me at hello.

What are you hoping young audiences to take away from your character, specifically?

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Mr. Snake (Marc Maron) and Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell) in DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys, directed by Pierre Perifel.

Marc Maron: It feels like the thing they should take away is that even if we’re irritable and cranky and mad that you should always stay focused on your friendship and that it will most likely persevere.

Craig Robinson: For my character, you can have layers. You can be a gentle giant, but you know just, don’t mess with me. So, it’s okay to have both sides in your person, but try to lean towards that gentler side.

How many opportunities were there for the two of you to improv?

Marc Maron: They always encouraged it during the reads. I was fortunate enough to actually do a lot of scenes in person, with Sam Rockwell, and they’d let us go for a while and we’d find some stuff. But there’s always a part of certain scenes where they would encourage the improv.

Craig Robinson: We would get to improv. Funny thing about improvising with animation, let’s say you’re doing one line and you’re trying to give them a few different versions of the line. You start improvising around the line and then it gets a laugh. Then this one line could turn into this crazy other line that would inform something else. So, yes, we definitely improvised.

If you could have been any other character, who would you have wanted to be and why?

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Piranha (Anthony Ramos) in DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys, directed by Pierre Perifel.

Marc Maron: I enjoyed Piranha a lot, but I think, you know, Sam had the good role. The smooth role. You know, the straight guy role. He didn’t have to yell or scream. Like, he used his regular voice.

Craig Robinson: I probably would have gone for Piranha. He was hysterical. He made me crack up.

Do you believe that people can change?

Marc Maron: Yes. I would hope so. I would like to think I’ve changed, or at least I’ve been able to stifle the worst part of me. I totally believe that people can change. If you act differently enough, it’ll stick.

Craig Robinson: It takes 21 days to make a habit. But, yes, the answer is yes.

What is the message of The Bad Guys?

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Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell), Piranha (Anthony Ramos), Mr. Snake (Marc Maron), Ms. Tarantula (Awkwafina), and Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson) in DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys, directed by Pierre Perifel.

Marc Maron: I think, from my point of view, the message is a lot about judgment, and not judging people on one thing, or one behavior, or whatever you’re projecting onto them. But also, I think it has a lot to do with friendship and loyalty.

Craig Robinson: I agree. Friendship is a strong current in this one.

Did the cast record together a lot? Or did you record most of it by yourselves?

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Craig Robinson voices Shark in DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys, directed by Pierre Perifel.

Marc Maron: I was able to record with Sam quite a bit. The scenes that Craig and I had, I don’t think we recorded those together. But they’re pretty funny. Rocco and I did a lot of work around the more delicate, friendship stuff. We met in person a couple of times during COVID and also we did work on Zoom together around certain scenes.

Craig Robinson: I was solo, in the booth. I was working with Pierre and one of the producers and then we would throw jokes back and forth. I didn’t work with any of the cast until we did a table read on Zoom.

What were your biggest challenges while making this film? Was there anything that was particularly hard to convey or struggled with getting a line down?

Mr. Snake (Marc Maron and Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell) in DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys, directed by Pierre Perifel.

Marc Maron: Not in animation, ‘cause you just do it over and over again. It was kind of taxing on my voice because, for some reason, when I do animation, I’m always up here like this (changes voice) and after a couple of hours, it definitely starts to be difficult.

Chris Robinson: I had to do a French accent, which I’m not the greatest at. Then, I had to pretend to be a woman, so, yes, there were definitely some challenges.


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