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ingly made-for-Hollywood run of luck.
Don’t believe in miracles? The formerly
anonymous doodler’s script-flinging reaction upon being called in to “rerecord old
lines,” only to learn he’d gotten the part, is
something he fears will become a hidden
extra on home video releases.
“If someone had told me things would’ve
worked out this way when I got my first job
working for Disney 13 years ago, I would’ve
laughed,” Walton muses, awe still evident in
Comparing himself to his bucktoothed
alter-ego, who “gets to live his dream” and
“never saw this coming,” the humble animator stubbornly refuses to believe he’s any different from the millions who’ll soon experience
the magic via Blu-ray and DVD this month.
So what’s next: Sundance, Cannes, an
even bigger cameo in future flicks, perhaps as
a mongoose or walrus?
“It’s an honor to be picked to do the
film, and that it’s gotten the attention it has,
but I’m not quite ready to quit my day job
and put on airs,” the unlikely celeb chuckles,
modest as ever. “I never expected even this,
so we’ll just have to wait and see what the
future holds.” C
Get Rich Playing Games author and TV/
radio host Scott Steinberg covers entertainment
and technology at www.scottsteinberg.com.
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those actors and those performances so
appealing, so charismatic. I can’t say I modeled the performance on anything or anyone, but I was looking for charisma and
chemistry and trying to figure out what’s
worked before in the movies.
CC: You’re an accomplished musician. You actually have a couple of your songs in Twilight.
RP: It’s very bizarre. The director, Catherine
Hardwicke, was listening to one of my CDs, I
guess, and when she showed me an early cut
of the film I realized she had used one of my
songs in the movie. Not in the end credits,
but in a key moment in the movie. It all
matched perfectly—the music, the lyrics,
the scene. I had no idea.
CC: Hardwicke, incidentally, says you have these
“long, beautiful vampire fingers.”
RP: I think what she meant is: I have very
weird hands. There’s a scene in the film where
my character plays the piano, and I actually
had to learn it myself because they couldn’t
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find a hand double that was convincing
enough to match my weird fingers.
CC: Are you a lucky guy?
RP: I think I am. I remember when I was
younger I used to write in my diary: I want
my luck to be spread. Never give me anything
too lucky all at once. I’ll take a little luck now
and then, but spread it for 70 years. Now that
all of this is happening, I’m sure the rest of
my life will be ruined. [Laughs] C
J. Rentilly is a Los Angeles–based journalist
who writes about film, music and literature.
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