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Kodi Smit-McPhee ParaNorman Interview (Video)

Kodi Smit-McPhee Talks Superpowers and Making Romeo and Juliet

Kodi Smit-McPhee is the voice of Norman in the animated film ParaNorman, and when we sat down with the actor at a recent press day in LA, he told us what it was like stepping behind the microphone for the role. He also revealed which supernatural power he wished he had, why this film is the kind he enjoys, and even talked about his upcoming role in Romeo and Juliet. Watch our interview here, and you can catch ParaNorman when it hits theaters Aug. 17.

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working on this, it was stop motion and it was so much longer to work on two years. So it was very different. I think I would love to fly because I think you can do so much with that. Yeah. What was it like being in a sound booth rather than working with other actors? I've done a small TV movie before this but it was a while ago and working on this it was stop motion and it was so much longer to work on two years. So i was very different, and it was a lot of fun. So you play Norman who's the hero in the story. You have an older sister, Courtney. You actually have an older sister in real life too. Yeah. Is there anything similar about the relationship there? A little bit, but I I think me and my sister are really close because we like the same things and we actually record music together, her husband is a music producer. So we do that kind of stuff and yeah, we have a close relationship. Well, if there was one supernatural power you could have like Norman, what would it be? I think I would love to fly, because I think you can do so much with that. That'd be pretty awesome. Well, you actually have another film coming out soon too. You just finished working on Romeo and Juliet. So that was Paul Giamatti, Hailee Steinfeld, a bunch of great actors. What was that like? It was really cool, I'm starting to do a variety of different things in my career and I think it's a lot of fun to do just something totally different than everything else I've done, and Romeo and Juliet just topped it off for that. It was great, I'd never read Shakespeare before and when reading it and, you know, the original play, I think that everyone should at any age because it really makes you appreciate the art of writing and stuff. Well, when you say you're variety of things. Like what else are you into right now? I'm also doing a film right now that's kind of like Stand By Me and a little bit like the Goonies mixed. It's called A Birder's Guide to Everything, with Ben Kingsley. Well, this movie is, you know, it's got action, it's got suspense, it's a thriller, but it's also really funny. So is that like the kind of movies you like to watch? Definitely I like to watch a variety of everything. Anyone who says this is a great movie, you should watch it, or this is a classic, I love to watch those things, but I love comedy the most because I love to laugh.



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