RT Talks "Ratatouille," Comedy, and Batman Villains with Patton Oswalt
"I do movies, and I write movies, and I act in TV shows so I can do more stand up," Oswalt says, though people who know him strictly from network TV are probably surprised by his vulgar and expletive-laced (but genuinely funny) stand up routine. Primarily known as Spence on "The King of Queens" (he shows up in half the episodes), Oswalt has been amassing a Hollywood presence, with frequent small roles and a sizable portfolio of animated roles.
"Ratatouille" takes place among a clan of rats in France eking a living of eating garbage and avoiding humans. Oswalt voices the lead, a wannabe chef rat named Remy who has a nose for both food and trouble. Remy?s frequent seduction by the sights and smells of gourmet edibles eventually lands him in a fancy restaurant, cooking and cooperating with a garbage boy incognito.
Rotten Tomatoes: What attracted you to "Ratatouille" and the role of Remy?
Patton Oswalt: You know what, nothing attracted me to this role at all. When I got word that Brad Bird wanted me, I would've done anything. I thought I was going up to read for one of the chefs or one of the little rats. Then I find out I'm the lead. And I got that part because we were talking about what "Ratatouille" was about and I'm a big foodie. I follow celebrity chefs and [Bird] saw that enthusiasm and he said, "That's the rat." He also played my CD for the Disney people.
RT: How much of the movie have you seen?
PO: Man, almost none of it. Just a few scenes. I'll probably see it complete when it premieres.
RT: So I've probably seen more of it than you have.
PO: Oh, shut up.
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