Sean Penn has admitted he is voicing – or rather grunting – a character in the upcoming animated Angry Birds Movie.
Little is known about the character other than his name, Terence, and the fact that he seems to be very large and to communicate mostly in grunts and growls. You can watch a clip of Penn’s performance below:
Penn joins a stellar cast of comic talent in a film that’s based on a game of the same name in which players catapault colourful birds at invading green pigs. Jason Sudeikis stars as Red, an angry bird who can’t seem to catch a break, alongside Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph and Danny McBride, who is playing a character called Bomb. Peter Dinklage is an eagle, Bill Hader leads the pigs, while the likes of Charli XCX and Demi Lovato are also involved.
The Angry Birds Movie is something of a departure for Penn, who has won two Oscars: once in 2003 for his role in Mystic River, and again in 2008 for his portrayal of firebrand San Fransisco gay politician Harvey Milk in Milk. He has two more nominations, and a reputation for preferring to appear in serious, weighty projects. This is not, however, his first foray into voice-acting; he also voiced the character of Marjane Satrapi’s father in the film adaptiation of Persepolis.
Angry Birds, which is being animated by a team of Finnish and American artists, will hit UK cinemas on 13 May.