Is it possible for an actor to go too deep while getting into character? Even if the character is a undersea creature?
For Finding Dory cast member Ty Burrell, the answer to both questions is yes. In a preview clip from Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Burrell chats with DeGeneres — who also happens to be his costar — about trying to “speak whale” in the Pixar sequel.
“A beluga whale is, I don’t know if you’ve ever seen one, but they have this big sort of bulbous thing on their head that moves,” Burrell tells DeGeneres in the clip. “And I thought, ‘OK, that looks to me like something that’s congested.’ I thought, ‘I’m gonna kind of impress Pixar with my character work.'”
For his first scene, Burrell tried out a burbling sort of voice. “I was like, ‘Hello, my name is Bailey the beluga whale,'” he recalls. “And I finished, and it was quiet. They were like, ‘OK. Well let’s do the next one as you, and we’ll either use the voice you just did or all the rest of it as you.”
You can guess which option Pixar chose.
Watch the clip above. Finding Dory opens Friday.