When "Despicable Me" was released in 2010, the family film became a hit with audiences and earned $543.1 million worldwide.
Now Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, and his little yellow minions are set to return to the box office on July 3 for "Despicable Me 2." Carell talked to Cari Skillman of KABC Television, OTRC.com's parent company, about what's in store for the minions, seeing some of his facial expressions on Gru in the movie and more.
Check out three things Carell revealed during his interview for "Despicable Me 2."
1. He's earned major "dad points" for being a part of the movie.
Carell, who is married to "Saturday Night Live" alum and actress Nancy Walls, has two children, 12-year-old daughter Elisabeth and 9-year-old son John.
The actor explained, "My son was in kindergarten when the first one came out and they [his kids] have been asking about the second one ever since the first one came out. So, the wait is over."
2. The minions are his favorite characters too.
Carell admitted that the minions are his children's favorite characters and added, "I don't take it personally at all. When asked, 'Who's your favorite character?' Resounding, the minions. And [they're] mine too."
"One of the things I like about this movie is that it takes the whole idea of being a minion to a new level," he added. "Without giving too much away, it's the one thing I can't wait for my kids to see -- is what happens with these minions in this film."
3. You can see some of Carell's own facial expressions on Gru in the film.
"They train a camera on you when you do the voice and the animators do lift expressions every now and then," Carell explained. "So yeah, every so often you see yourself in the character, which is a little disconcerting and it's funny because my wife sees it more than I do."
"You don't spend the day looking in the mirror, so you don't really know how your face looks at any given point, but she'll nudge me and be like, 'That's you. That's exactly what you do,' which is a little awful," he joked.
"Despicable Me 2" also features the voices of Kristen Wiig and Benjamin Bratt. Check out the trailer below.
Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).