One of the best aspects of Sonic the Hedgehog the film series has become a live-action film based on Doctor Robotnik and his ever-faithful assistant, Agent Stone. Played by the over-the-top cartoonish Jim Carrey and Lee Majdoub, this pair gives the film a human element to bounce off of the energetic yet heroic Sonic and his friends. Majdoub, in particular, is a fan favorite, with his deep love for his boss providing a highly effective minion of the perfect human element.
in front of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 home release (on Digital May 24 and on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD August 9), CBR conducted an exclusive interview with Lee Majdoub. He discusses getting up from Jim Carrey as Agent Stone in the film series, where he next wants to see Stone in the franchise, and how fun it would be to get rid of some of the game’s frustrations against cinematic hedgehogs.
CBR: Beginning, congrats on the film! This seems like the fun part to do, and you did a great job with it.
Lee Majdoub: Oh, yeah, I think I honestly might have the best job in the world on these films. It’s so much fun playing Stone, and there’s so much freedom to riff with Jim [Carrey] and find out. I don’t know, it’s just amazing.
What was it like being a scene partner with Jim Carrey, especially when he got so big for the film? Do you feel pressure?
To be honest, I felt that in the first movie, like the first day. I haven’t met any team on the first day of the first film. It’s like you walked in, it’s the first day of school, and you’re the new kid, and you don’t know how it goes. Everyone is amazing. Then they introduced me to Jim, and Jim was gorgeous from the start. So removing any…
There’s a moment where he shows up, and I’m like, “Oh, yeah, that’s Jim Carrey. Okay, cool.” I did have moments where we were training, and then I had this out-of-body experience. “Okay, I’m making a film for Paramount Pictures. Oh, okay. I’m working on a film called Sonic the Hedgehog about a game I was a huge fan of and grew up with, and oh, I worked with Ace Ventura and Mask…” It was maybe two seconds, but it felt like forever.
It was amazing, and [especially for Sonic the Hedgehog 2], you should see Robotnik evolve. Jim has to do a lot more, and Stone evolves too. You should see a bit more about how he operates away from Robotnik as well as his appreciation of Robotnik. I get asked a lot about working with [Jim Carrey]and I can’t say enough how generous and friendly he was. [He] always check on me, [is] always coming up with ideas, always looking for me too. You know, he’s very conscious. He’s like, “Oh, let’s try that again, but change the thing you do with your face because it’s so nice. You can add a little more specifics with this timing.” He is outstanding with attention to detail. It was incredible.
Robotnik and Stone are some of the best elements of the film, characters who seem to be very in tune with the somewhat odd elements of this world.
I think these two characters fit that perfectly. I think what we have that’s really lucky is that because you’re already immersed in this world, where you have CGI characters, they’re larger than life. So you have [Robotnik and Stone] will be larger than life… I think it really works.
You are also the right generation to grow up with Sonic as an undeniable part of the culture around you. How does it feel to try and kill him on a big screen like this?
So, I’ll be honest, Sonic games — I’m not very good at it [them]. I pride myself on being above average when it comes to video games. I went back and visited him again. I try Sonic Mania, and man, I’m so pissed off. How years later, I still can’t get this game? I keep dying! It’s terrible. Then you know, I could get my revenge, and I tried to kill him. Every time I don’t have a ring and die or sink or I miss a jump, [I thought] “You know what, Sonic? I came for you.”
Where do you expect to see Stone next? Would you like to see him hunt Shadow, fight the Knuckles?
I honestly wanted Stone to be in all of that. I think he fits — you know, in the shadows or in the bushes with little cameos or reporting back to Robotnik or committing whatever crimes he needs.
The bad Phil Coulson?
That’s good! That would be awesome.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is heading to home video on Digital May 24 and on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD August 9.
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