Interviewing a Lego Movie Master Builder, After Morgan Freeman Messes With Me

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:00 am

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So I'm sitting in a room at Legoland, with Chris Miller, Phil Lord, Morgan Freeman, Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks and a couple of the animators. I am going to be the one who gets to ask the second question of the press conference.

Earlier, some fellow bloggers and I had discussed what the lamest question might be, and I put forward the notion that asking Chris Pratt who would win in a fight between his Emmet minifig and his Guardians of the Galaxy Star Lord minifig would fit the bill. That's the kind of light question that can be a great icebreaker in a one-on-one interview, but takes precious time away from better answers in a group setting.

The first questioner asks Will Arnett about Batman. Jokes are made. The mood seems light.

And then I take the microphone, and I say...



"My question is for any of the actors who want to take it. In preparing for these roles, is there anything unique to the fact that it's a Lego minifigure you're playing, like maybe limiting your movements to the articulation of a toy?"

Morgan Freeman: "WHAT?"

Much laughter.

Freeman: "He said it could be taken by who wanted to take it! Chris?"

Chris Pratt: "Um, yeah."

Elizabeth Banks: "Why would you follow that?"

Pratt: "I mean, because Morgan told me!"

Banks: "Good luck."

Pratt: "Well, you know, uh..."

Freeman: "That's good enough."

Pratt: "Really, is that good?"

Banks: "That's it."

And so it was that I ended up asking the lamest question. In retrospect, I should have left off the articulation part.

The Master Builder, on the other hand, had much more to say...

UPDATE: I forgot earlier to thank and credit Brian Gaughan for converting and editing my footage. Couldn't have done it without him.

On display at the Legoland hotel - the end-credits image of The Lego Movie, which features mini-worlds representing all the main characters: graffiti for Wyldstyle, Batman's Batcave, 1980s Lego Space for Benny the Retro-Spaceman, etc.

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Also: Lego drunks!

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Want a better look at that workshop? Here you go...

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I might show you some more pictures before the week's out. Stay tuned.


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