As Despicable Me 2 has become the year’s highest grossing film at the UK box office, I thought I’d share a fact about the funniest animated yellow characters since the Simpsons.
FACT: the majority of the minions are voiced by the film’s co-director Pierre Louis Padang Coffin. Fellow director Chris Renaud also voices another minion. This despite neither man having previous voice acting experience.
Coffin recalled that when initial vocalizations for Gru’s henchmen weren’t working, he stepped in to make a test. “I told [Illumination founder-CEO and producer] Chris Meledandri, ‘Let me make a test. It won’t be an official one; it’s just to show whoever is going to design the voice a way to go.’ … When I asked Chris to listen to it, he said, ‘Well, you’re going to be the voice of the minions.’