THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE
JOHN GOODMAN (Pacha), one of the
entertainment industry's most respected and busiest actors, adds warmth and
humor to the voice of this humble peasant who gets tangled up with Kuzco.
"Pacha is just a big, virile,
good-looking family man," explains Goodman. "He is basically a good
citizen, strong, not the quickest-witted fellow in the world, but he's
dependable and loyal. I think he ought to run for office. He doesn't have a
tricky bone in his body and is more than willing to bend over backwards to see
the other fellow's point of view. At the same time, he's on a mission to
save his village and do right by his family. He's got a big heart and he
trusts Kuzco again and again because he wants him to be a better llama-person.
"My character is definitely the
straight man," adds Goodman. "He is the Bud Abbott or Larry Fine of
the picture feeding all the good lines. He's the guy you build things on. He's
got big shoulders so you can build those pyramids of comedy for him to carry.
"This is unlike any Disney
animated film I've ever seen. The hero of the piece is such a jerk and remains
a jerk throughout most of the picture. But he's funny that way. I wouldn't
have him any other way. It's so different and good and funny. And it takes off
like a rocket. I've been working on this thing for two years now and it just
took me by surprise. It does what good animation is supposed to do. It creates
its own world and sucks you into it.
"I had a ball doing this,"
concludes the actor. "I love doing animation because it's a different
style of acting. All acting is based on truth. The role of Pacha did have some
strenuous vocal demands. Climbing the rock was a tough scene and you have to
throw your body into it a lot. It required a bit more vocal gymnastics. I was
working my little tootsies off in front of the microphone. But everything that
you use shows up on the voice track. It's an honor being part of the Disney
heritage. I grew up watching Disney everything and now my daughter watches a lot
of it too. They make you feel very special to be a part of it."
Goodman earned a Golden Globe
nomination in 1992 for his chilling performance in the Coen Brothers'
"Barton Fink." His breakthrough role was in the Coens' "Raising
Arizona," starred for them a third time in "The Big Lebowski,"
and recently appeared in a fourth film for the brothers in Touchstone Pictures,
"O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Goodman has been busy lately, appearing
in "Coyote Ugly," and the upcoming"One Night at McCool's,"
and "What Planet Are You From?"
His resume includes "Bringing Out
the Dead," "The Runner," "Fallen," "The
Borrowers," "Blues Brothers 2000," "The Flintstones,"
"Mother Night," "Arachnophobia," "Always,"
"Pie in the Sky," "Born Yesterday," "Matinee,"
"The Babe," "King Ralph," "Punchline,"
"Everybody's All-American," "Sea of Love,"
"Stella," "Eddie Macon's Run," "C.H.U.D.,"
"Revenge of the Nerds," "Maria's Lovers," "Sweet
Dreams," "True Stories," "The Big Easy,"
"Burglar" and "The Wrong Guys."
Goodman has also given many highly
acclaimed performances on television. He received Emmy nominations for his
starring role in TNT's &qu
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