Billy Crystal talks 'Monsters University,' being 'Grandpa Mike'
Billy Crystal is returning to his role as the green one-eyed monster in "Monster's University" and the legendary actor explained that when he's with his grandchildren, the character is always around.
The 65-year-old comedian reprises his role as Mike Wazowski in the sequel to the famed 2001 film, "Monsters, Inc." While many know the actor for a number of his differing roles through the years, some of his family members only know him as ... well, Mike.
"You know, that's gonna be a great legacy for me," Crystal told OTRC.com's George Pennacchio, after being referred to as Mike Wazowski. "My grandkids call me Grandpa Mike, and that's how it's going to be."
"Well, I'll tell you, you know, when I first saw him, it was a little clay model," he said of his character. "And I went, 'I get it.' Because he had this great thing about him ... It was just made to be."
The famed actor and frequent Oscar host went on to talk about the highly-anticipated animated sequel.
"If they say that, that means the movie is working for them," he said. "I loved the first movie, I thought it was a genius concept, and the fact that it has been embraced for 12 years -- to make a sequel 12 years later -- meant that generations of new families were watching the first movie, and wanting to see more."
The film, which hit theaters on Friday, June 21, explores the relationship between Mike and Sulley (John Goodman) during their early days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends. (Watch a trailer for the film as well as a clip, above)
"It's a phenomenal movie," Crystal said. "It's very funny, it's incredibly touching, and I think that power of the friendship of these two guys at 17 and 18 will really surprise people."Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).