Gru's band of Minions take spotlight in 'Despicable Me 2'

Tue Jul 2, 2013 10:42pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lovable villain Gru is back as a doting father in "Despicable Me 2," but while he swaps his villainous world domination schemes for princess parties, his yellow, spiky-haired Minions rustle up trouble in the film.

"Despicable Me 2," out in U.S. theaters on Wednesday, features Steve Carell again as Gru, who is now a full-time single father to three adopted daughters. Gru has become a spy for an anti-villain league to track down another evil mastermind.

The small goggle-wearing Minions, Gru's band of devoted little workers, get more screen time for their song-and-dance numbers and slapstick antics in the sequel.

Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul, who co-wrote both "Despicable Me" films, told Reuters that they consciously made an effort to include more Minions, who speak a made-up language called "Minionese," in the storyline this time around.

"The people have spoken. They love the Minions. We made a decision to incorporate the Minions much more into the plot in this film so that we can not only spend time with them, but give them more to do," Daurio said.

Gru's character has come a long way from a freeze-ray gun-wielding, menacing villain. In this film, he deals with his eldest daughter's first romance and he finds an unlikely love interest, played by Kristen Wiig.

But Daurio and Paul said they kept Gru's devious side.

"He can still do all the things we wish we could do, whether it's spraying the annoying neighbor with a hose or threatening a little boy who likes his daughter. He still gets to be nasty, but his evilness is on a different scale now," Daurio said.   Continued...

Actor Steve Carell poses with two life-size minion characters while promoting his upcoming movie "Despicable Me 2" in Los Angeles, California June 14, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni