Steve Carell has played bosses on the big and small screen, but one of his iconic characters fits the role better than the others.
"I think Gru is a more respected boss," Carell exclusively told E! News' Daily Pop on the Minions: The Rise of Gru premiere red carpet. "I think Michael Scott would love to have Minions of his own that just worshipped him."
His love for the funny yellow creatures keeps him coming back to the franchise, as the new film—which premieres July 1—marks his fifth outing as Gru since Despicable Me in 2010.
"I love it," he shared . "I love the minions. I love the character."
As for how much of himself Carell sees in his bald supervillain character? "89 percent," he joked. His co-star Taraji P. Henson also shares some similarities with her character, Belle Bottom—especially her funky fashion sense.
"I mean, they had me at 'Belle Bottom,'" the actress told Daily Pop. "And I saw her afro, I was like, 'I'm in.'"
The Empire alum's love for her character wasn't the only reason she wanted to join the beloved franchise. "I love animation," Henson shared, having previously starred in the Disney animated flick Ralph Breaks the Internet. "It's so much fun, and I just love villains. I can't get enough."
"I am surrounded by little kids a lot of the time and I want them to be able to watch," Yeoh said, adding that her young family friend had a hilarious reaction to one of her character's scenes. "I had my 3-year-old who turned around to me and say, 'Why you beat the minions?'"
Check out the full interview above.
Minions: The Rise of Gru premieres in theaters July 1.
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