He’s got the magic in him! There are also teasers for the highly anticipated Pitch Perfect sequel due out next year! I don’t know which is more exciting…
Ben Platt, known for his role as the Star Wars fanatic with the stunning voice Benji Applebaum in Pitch Perfect, has spoken to The Hollywood Reporter about the pressure the cast are feeling whilst working on the sequel to the 2012 box office smash, explaining, “There’s a little bit more pressure because everyone knows what Pitch Perfect is. It’s as if we’re revisiting our first experience, but it’s been blown up and it’s kind of under a microscope in a certain way.”
Platt also touched on this in a past interview with Just Jared, discussing the difficult art of a successful sequel, saying, “Nothing will ever be like Pitch Perfect because it was such a surprise and came out of nowhere. We didn’t know it was going to be a big deal. We just thought it was this little, fun thing we were doing and gave it our best in this little, indie, cult-y comedy. There will never be another moment like that, but I think we’ve done a really good job in the sequel. We didn’t change anything that’s not broken.”
Talking about the development of Benjy as a ‘nerd’ characters, Platt explained, “We decided the magic thing was an interesting, specific narrative we could latch onto and made that more his focus so he wasn’t just a nerd with all these interests.” going on to say, “It was tough. I had to learn to put the bird in a little tube and the bird’s in my cape.” as well as promising, “In the second film, there’s more animals.”
So far, Platt’s answers have made me squeal with delight! I dare the most heartless of people not to feel some sort of affection for Benjy, who, for me, he was the heart of the first film. I can’t wait to see where he (and his magic animals) are when the sequel premieres!
20-year-old Platt is currently starring on Broadway as Elder Cunningham in Book of Mormon, and has also talked about the difference between carefully choreographed and captured musical numbers of the film, and the live audience at Mormon, which you can check out more of here.
You can catch Platt on the Broadway stage, in his next film role in Ricki and the Flash alongside Meryl Streep, or when Pitch Perfect 2 hits cinemas May 15th, 2015.
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