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Ed Asner Talks "Up"

CNN has posted an edited version of an interview with actor Ed Asner, focusing on his role as Carl Fredricksen in Disney/Pixar’s Up and his one-man show Sunrise at Campobello, where he portrays Franklin D. Roosevelt. Among other topics, Asner reveals that he “never stopped loving cartoons” but hadn’t seen a Pixar movie until WALL-E, and also comments on the lack of marketing of Up to the senior community and on the current Oscar race that has placed Up in the running for Best Picture.

Elsewhere, an article for The New York Times about the shrinking of up-front salaries of Hollywood stars (free registration required) notes how an animation voice-over actor can be paid up to $15,000 less for a feature-film role than an on-camera actor. At the end of the article, Asner states that his up-front compensation for his performance in Up was limited to session fees, but that he also received bonuses that were linked to the film’s success.

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