We then asked Ellen and Ed if they did any research on their characters. Ed shared, “I did one thing. I Googled mimic octopus. I did. Because somebody told me to. And I didn’t know that that animal existed. You know, it wasn’t like an octopus I knew of. They shape shift. Or they change colors. Somebody said they only live about three years. They don’t have a long lifespan, but it’s probably good because they’d be ruling the world. Amazing.”
Ellen chimed in and said, “We should Google that, right now. Let’s make sure that that’s accurate, but, you know, it’s quality versus quantity, right, so it has a full life of being anything it wants it to be, and mimicking whatever it wants to mimic.”
We were happy to google the lifespan of a mimic octopus, and when we reported our finding that they really only live about 2 years, Ellen said, “Well, this is a bummer, all of a sudden.” And it is! Let’s get on that sequel to Finding Dory now, so Hank can come back before he isn’t with us anymore!
And speaking of Hank’s character, when Ed O’Neill jumped on board for FINDING DORY, he didn’t originally know what his part was going to be or that he was going to be such a large part of the film. He thought his involvement would be merely a cameo and a one or two day involvement at most, similar to his project on Wreck It Ralph. All he knew when signing on board was that the role was an octopus and that it was a sequel for Finding Nemo. He hadn’t even seen a script.
And speaking of playing around, our group ended the interview by dancing it out! I’m talking Ellen DeGeneres and Ed O’Neill dancing with 24 bloggers that were smiling from ear to ear! There were so many smiles in the room, and talk about a life list check for me! I have watched Ellen every.single.day for the last several years! She is my spirit animal, so when she graciously gave me a hug after we took a group photo… let’s just say I will never forget that day! #HaveALittleFun
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