Fred Willard Takes On a Reasonable Role For Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’
The master of comedic clueless insincerity may have found his most earnest character yet, in the form of a 1968 Ford Bronco.
Over a career spanning nearly five decades, comic actor Fred Willard has excelled at portraying ever-smiling dolts, dunderheads, weasels and Teflon-slick bureaucrats, but for Planes: Fire & Rescue, the Disney sequel to the Cars spinoff Planes, he got a shot at playing a perfectly reasonable character with an admirable agenda, albeit one who’s also an anthropomorphic car: as the Secretary of the Interior, Willard is an outdoorsy, nature-loving official more concerned with conservation than politics.
As the animated hit arrives today on Blu-ray and DVD, Willard tells Spinoff Online about improvising opposite fellow deadpan master John Michael Higgins, looks back at a vibrant career honing his distinctive comic persona, and promises a return to Modern Family sooner rather than later.
Read the whole interview here.