'Wreck-It Ralph' Star John C. Reilly on His Video Game Character's Existential Crisis (VIDEO)
With a career as rich and varied as John C. Reilly’s, it seems like the actor would struggle to relate to challenge of playing a character who’s tired of doing the same thing over and over.
But Reilly tells Celebuzz that he found it remarkably easy to tap into the struggle that the title character faces in Wreck-It Ralph.
“When you’re young, you’re like, wow, the world is my oyster,” he says.
“The story of my life is largely unwritten. And then you get into your 40s and you’re doing the same job and you start to feel like Ralph does, like, wow, is that all there is?”
Reilly observes that the existential quandary Ralph faces seems like an unlikely topic of conversation for a family-friendly animated adventure, but it was chief among the reasons he enjoyed making the film.
“There’s only a couple of chapters of this book left -- am I going to find meaning in my existence?” he asks rhetorically. “It sounds like a crazy thing to be saying at a Disney junket, but that’s one of the cool things about the movie.”
Wreck-It Ralph opens nationwide Friday, November 2. Watch the film’s theatrical trailer below.