You recognize Karl City from edgy sci-fi motion roles like HBO Max’s The Boys, the dystopian blockbuster Dredd, and the Fox drama Virtually Human. However the actor is pivoting this summer season to play a decidedly extra heartwarming function: that of celebrated seafaring hero Jacob Holland in Netflix’s new animated household movie The Sea Beast. And, spoiler alert, you possibly can go forward and put together to listen to City’s voice quite a bit, as a result of that is one film the whole household will wish to watch on a loop.
Directed by Chris Williams (Moana, Large Hero 6, Bolt), The Sea Beast tells the adventure-filled story of a time when large beasts roamed the ocean and monster hunters chased them (and glory) to the far corners of the world — with not one of the heroes extra spectacular than City’s character, the good Jacob Holland. When a spirited younger stowaway named Maisie Brumble sneaks onto Holland’s fabled ship, the 2 discover themselves on an epic journey into uncharted waters. Visually, it’s so wildly immersive that your youngsters will really feel like they’re in the midst of the motion, proper alongside Jacob and Maisie.
Scary Mommy caught up with City to debate his swashbuckling character, the significance of “discovered” household, and why the movie’s tackle historical past is a related message for folks and youngsters alike.
Man, what a fantastic film. Had been you a bit blown away if you noticed the animation?
I wasn’t a bit blown away — I used to be extremely blown away. I used to be actually greatly surprised by the feel and the eye to element. I feel Chris Williams and his animation group have achieved a rare job of actually advancing the entire artwork and craft of animation.
Let’s discuss your character, Jacob. An enormous a part of his appeal is that even he can’t imagine he’s pulling off the issues he does. Did you relate to that, or is Jacob’s on-the-fly fashion one thing you would like you could possibly channel a bit extra of in actual life?
He’s a kind of characters that does fly by the seat of his pants, and I discover it a form of fixed supply of amusement that generally he pulls it off even to his shock, and different occasions he utterly fails. And I like that whereas he’s a stereotypical hero in a whole lot of methods, he’s additionally a bit clumsy and has these great, endearing faults and flaws about him.
Talking of character, Maisie has greater than sufficient to go round. And, actually, the guts of this film is the connection between Jacob and Maisie. As a mum or dad, did this makeshift household they shaped tug at your heartstrings?
For me, a few of the most rewarding materials was to do these scenes with the character of Maisie. That relationship was a loving one however a annoyed one. It jogged my memory of actually nice onscreen form of argumentative relationships you’ve seen, whether or not it’s Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd in Moonlighting or [Humphrey] Bogart and [Lauren] Bacall, and you realize, clearly one thing utterly totally different with these two characters. It was a whole lot of enjoyable to play.
That theme of household being one thing you’re not essentially born into however which you can make actually stands out about this movie. Did that draw you to the function?
I really feel I recognized with that as a result of having labored within the movie trade for a really very long time, you’re always making new households from crew to crew. The crew of the ship that we see on this film may be very a lot that type of scenario. I feel that one of many robust themes on this film is about households and located households, and the entire characters which might be type of looking for that.
There’s additionally this theme of breaking away from a cycle of hatred and aggression, and finally realizing that it’s by no means too late to see issues by means of a special lens… which feels deeply related proper now. Are you able to converse to that messaging a bit bit?
I feel one of many parts that drew me to the challenge was the notion of a historical past that has been taught that you simply uncover to be not true — that you simply uncover to be a flawed narrative — after which being able then to make up your individual thoughts and forge a brand new path ahead, and that’s, in truth, what the character of Jacob does. That’s what he represents. And whereas that is clearly a enjoyable household film, I feel it speaks on a large number of ranges. In case you search for it, there are some fairly thought-provoking concepts within the movie.
Indiana Jones is one in all your favourite film sequence, and Jacob’s positively laying aside some Indy vibes. So, in 5 years, in the event that they resolve to do a live-action model, are you in for bringing this form of animated Indiana Jones character to life?
(laughs) Yeah, I’m all the time up for it! I had such a good time engaged on this film, and I would definitely be all the way down to proceed the adventures of Jacob and Maisie.
For now, we’ll accept a Sea Beast sequel (trace, trace, Netflix). What do you see subsequent for Jacob and Maisie?
If I used to be to gaze right into a crystal ball, I feel they might try to steer a quiet life within the nation as they’ve deliberate, however there can be some journey that comes alongside that takes them away from that — whether or not it’s again to the ocean monsters or one thing else. It’s extremely unlikely that these two would keep out of bother for lengthy.
This interview has been edited and condensed for readability.