Thank you Warner Bros. for the invitation to an advance screening and press conference interview.
I recently got to interview the amazing Rosario Dawson about The Lego Batman Movie. I jumped at the chance to chat with her because I love me some Rosario. We’re both Puerto Ricans from New York who love movies aka we’re like besties and just didn’t know it until earlier this week. I also have to say I LOVED the Lego movie and could not wait to see Lego Batman in his own movie. It was amazing and hilarious. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but there is plenty of nostalgia in the film that will bring you many laughs and smiles through out the film. We couldn’t wait to chat with Rosario about it, since she had just seen it for the first time at the premiere.
She voices the character of Barbara Gordon aka Commissioner Gordon’s daughter aka Batgirl!
So of course, we had to know if she was a fan of Batman growing up and was this a dream come true role to play Batgirl?
No. I mean, I grew up with Batman. My uncle’s a comic book artist. My mom is six foot tall, so she was always Wonder Woman. Her theme song was Brick House. So, I grew up with these really major characters that I loved so much. So, I literally was getting my hair and makeup done in a Batman onesie that my friend got me for Christmas, totally not because of this movie, but just in general like I just love everything Batman.
And the Go-Go gadget belt version of the Batman was amazing, and you had Eartha Kitt as Catwoman, and it was just so amazing and theatrical and powerful. And I just loved it. I loved the campiness. And they wouldn’t put that on television now. But, there was something really sexy and powerful and also scary about these characters and dynamics. There was something really weird. I just loved it, it was always something I was a fan of. And I had to keep catching myself the whole time here and just be like I’m doing this. I think that’s one of the reasons why I only got to work with Will [Arnett] on that one day. We did all of our voice stuff by ourselves because the one day that I was with him, he put on the voice, and I was just like–oh, yes, this isn’t working, we’re going to have to separate you guys.
Will Arnett crashed the interview and they both got the party started. The two of them are so much fun and Rosario even had him do the Batman voice for us. These two together are hilarious, in case you can’t tell by the photos. They were trying not to curse during their interview and we got into a great discussion about cursing and how he kept his kids from cursing and how much the rating system has changed over the years.
My own sons are six and eight. They didn’t know what swear words were until some kids at school told them. So, I was able to kind of protect them from that for a long time, and the reason I did that was very selfish – so that I could swear at home and they didn’t know what it was because I realized my sister’s kids, like she would swear, and then she’d go, oh, my God, I’m so sorry, and then they were like, oh, that’s a swear word.
Now, I’m not dropping F bombs, but more like just saying the S word or whatever. But, if you drop or you may–ah, shit!
It doesn’t happen–you can say that on the radio now. Like, it’s so weird.
Like bitch and stuff like that. The stuff they used to blank out is like ok now. This ratings stuff is totally off. What used to be PG when I was a kid is nothing how it is now. I watch that now if it’s PG, and I’m like this would be R when I was a kid.
Like the rating, everything has completely shifted over.
But, you know what is funny is that language–this is a bigger–by the way, I’m going to hold a symposium. I should do a Ted Talk, right, guys?
But, I was watching people swearing on TV–oh, it was SNL and watching like Kristen Stewart or whatever, Kristen Stewart. And she swore in the monologue. And it’s like, oh, my God, swear. And the language, everybody’s so worried about that instead of actual attitudes or the way that we treat people, violence, all that kind of stuff. That stuff’s okay, but God forbid somebody says shit, and it’s the worst thing ever.
Being that I go to San Diego Comic Con every year, I loved seeing him host his interviews at Comic Con. It was pretty rough since it was ridiculously hot outside where he had his stage set up, but he did an amazing job. I told him he should his own talk show, because I love what he did at Comic Con.
Oh, thanks, thanks. It’s not a big deal, but–.
Is that why you’re so tan.
Am I tan?
You are so tan right now.
It was crazy hot.
San Diego, that Con, right?
Yes, and I was wearing my best hair–my sport piece, and it doesn’t usually come off. But, I was sweating–anyway, you guys don’t need to know that. I’ve said too much. I think I’ve got to go.
Will sadly left and we went back to our one on one chat with Rosario!
Since she is essentially the Agent Coulson of the Netflix Marvel Television universe, in which her character appears on all the shows and is a character that connects all the shows together, I just had to know if there were any issues with her doing a DC film. They have a line that says “Iron Man Sucks!”, so you would think Marvel would have raised some eyebrows at one of their main characters jumping to team DC. Here is what she had to say about it:
I’m supposed to be only Marvel, right? But I like both sides Marvel & DC! I’m the voice of Wonder Woman, as well, so it’s like give me all those roles. I just want all the like paraphernalia. I’m like I need that LEGO Batman like stopwatch. I need–give me those tickets. But I know, I know, the Iron Man sucks line. We did have to ask for permission. We asked for permission, not in a bad way, but like, you know, because you just don’t want to like “Iron Man sucks” when you work for Marvel. You never know because they’re a big franchise and stuff like that. So, it was really funny because it was a thing that we joked about when we were filming, and then we were like, I thought it was just like an inside joke for us, it was like Iron Man sucks. Okay, what are we really going to say? And he’s like, well, I can’t think of anything funnier. We’re going to ask and see if it’s possible, and then we got the okay on that, and I was like that’s so good. That gets the biggest laugh every time, it’s so funny.
And she is beyond funny in real life and fantastic in this film! We had a blast together in the photo booth where we screamed Boriqua and New Yorican, as we snapped selfies with Lego Batman. How fun is that!
I also have to mention there was a life size Lego Batman playing piano which was made out of Lego pieces at the junket…
And a gigantic Lego Batman who almost busted through the ceiling.
It was such a fun experience to get to chat with Rosario and Will about this hilarious and fun family film. And I absolutely loved the movie.
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