12.10.18

Jake Johnson & Shameik Moore Discuss Their Roles In "Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse"

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask. Join stars Jake Johnson and Shameik Moore as they discuss the hit animated film.

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>>> THANKS, EVERYBODY. WELCOME TO BUILD. I'M YOUR HOST RICKY CAMILLERI. SO ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES OF THE YEAR OUT OF ALL THE MOVIES, NOT JUST SUPERHERO MOVIES, NOT JUST ANIMATED MOVIES, NOT JUST SUPERHERO ANIMATED MOVIES IS "SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE," AN ANIMATED SUPERHERO MOVIE. IT IS GROUNDBREAKING AND BEAUTIFUL. THE HUMOR AND HEART ARE CALCULATED. LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

>> MY NAME IS PETER PARKER.

>> I'M PRETTY SURE YOU KNOW THE REST. I SAVED THE CITY, FELL IN LOVE, THEN SAVED THE CITY AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. LOOK, I'M A COMIC BOOK, CEREAL, CHRISTMAS ALBUM AND SO-SO POPSICLE. THIS ISN'T ABOUT ME. NOT ANYMORE.

>> SPIDER-MAN, ONCE A DAY, ZIPS UP IN HIS LITTLE MASK AND ANSWERS TO NO ONE.

>> I LOVE YOU.

>> I KNOW THAT.

>> YOU GOT TO SAY I LOVE YOU BACK.

>> DAD, ARE YOU SERIOUS?

>> I WANT TO HEAR IT.

>> LOOK AT THIS PLACE.

>> DAD, I LOVE YOU.

>> DAD, I LOVE YOU.

>> THAT'S A COPY.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN --

>> MY NAME IS MILES MORALES. I'M THE ONE AND ONLY SPIDER-MAN. THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT.

>> YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE THIS.

>> DIMENSION OPENING NOW.

>> YOU'RE LIKE ME.

>> THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE.

>> LISTEN UP, THIS IS YOUR UNIVERSE. IT IS WEIRD, IT IS GROSS. THIS DELICIOUS NORMAL FRY IS MY UNIVERSE. YOU WANT TO LEARN TO BE SPIDER-MAN.

>> CAN YOU TEACH ME?

>> YES, I CAN. TIME TO SWING.

>> YOU'RE DOING IT. DOUBLE TAP, AND FLIP IT OUT AGAIN. FLIP AND RELEASE.

>> HEY, GUYS.

>> WHO ARE YOU?

>> I'M GWEN STACY. I'M FROM ANOTHER, ANOTHER DIMENSION.

>> HOW MANY MORE SPIDER PEOPLE ARE THERE.

>> HEY, FELLOWS.

>> HELLO.

>> THIS COULD LITERALLY NOT GET ANY WEIRDER.

>> IT CAN GET WEIRDER.

>> OKAY.

>> WE NEED TO GET BACK TO OUR UNIVERSES, SOON.

>> MY FAMILY LIVES IN BROOKLYN.

>> MILES, WHAT'S WRONG?

>> THIS WAS NEVER YOUR CITY. IT'S MINE.

>> IF I DON'T DESTROY THE COLLIDER, NONE OF US WILL HAVE A HOME TO GO HOME TO.

>> REMEMBER, WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT IS WHAT MAKES YOU SPIDER-MAN.

>> OFFICER, LOVE YOU.

>> WAIT, WHAT?

>> THAT WAY, THAT WAY. OTHER WAY, OTHER WAY, OTHER WAY, OTHER WAY.

>> DO ANIMALS TALK IN THIS DIMENSION, BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO FREAK THEM OUT.

>> EVERYBODY, FROM "SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE," PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR JAKE JOHNSON AND SHAMEIK MOORE. LET'S HEAR IT. [ APPLAUSE ] WOW, CONGRATULATIONS, YOU GUYS.

>> THANK YOU.

>> CONGRATULATIONS. I SAW THE MOVIE YESTERDAY. IT'S AMAZING. I AM NOT A SUPERHERO MOVIE GUY ALL THE TIME, I LIKE ANIMATED MOVIES WHEN THEY'RE GOOD. THIS IS BOTH ONE OF THE BEST SUPERHERO MOVIES I'VE EVER SEEN AND PROBABLY THE BEST ANIMATED MOVIE OF THE YEAR. IT IS HILARIOUS, HEART FELT, PERFECT. IT IS A PERFECT MOVIE FOR THE FAMILY. CONGRATULATIONS. DOESN'T COME ALONG THAT OFTEN.

>> THANK YOU.

>> I ALSO IMAGINE THAT YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN A PART OF THIS PROCESS FOR, WHAT, THREE YEARS NOW?

>> ALMOST, LIKE, TWO, TWO AND A HALF.

>> YEAH.

>> YEAH.

>> I SAW LAST NIGHT PHIL LORD AND CHRIS MILLER TALKING AND THEY SAID YOU AUDITIONED PRIOR TO THIS BUT IT DIDN'T WORK OUT FOR A PART IN ANOTHER MOVIE BEFORE AND THEY BROUGHT YOU ALONG BECAUSE THEY KNEW THEY LOVED YOU.

>> WHAT DID YOU AUDITION FOR?

>> DO WE WANT MY FAILURES TO BE THROUGH THE IN THE WORLD?

>> WHILE WE'RE CELEBRATING YOUR SUCCESS.

>> IT WAS THE ROLE DONALD GLOVER GOT IN THE LAST MOVIE. AND, YEAH, BUT HE DID A GREAT JOB IN IT. BUT I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS -- YEAH, I MET THEM. I REMEMBER THE AUDITION TOO AND IT WAS JUST -- THEY WERE COOL, VERY RELAXED. BUT WHEN THEY SAW THE MOVIE "DOPE," I THINK THAT'S WHEN THEY WERE, LIKE, CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT I COULD BRING TO THE CHARACTER, MILES, AND WHILE FILMING "THE GET DOWN," I SENT IN MY AUDITION OVER THE PHONE AND IT TOOK A GOOD SIX TO SEVEN MONTHS TO HEAR SOMETHING BACK FROM THEM. WHEN I DID HEAR BACK, THEY WERE, LIKE, YOU GOT IT I WAS, LIKE, FINALLY.

>> GOT WHAT? I DON'T REMEMBER WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE.

>> BUT --

>> THIS IS KIND OF A REVOLUTIONARY CHARACTER AS WELL, MILES. IT IS REALLY THE FIRST TIME THAT WE'RE SEEING A KID, A -- CAN WE TALK ABOUT WHERE MILES GOES IN THE MOVIE?

>> I THINK SO.

>> A SUPERHERO PORTRAYED BY SOMEONE WHO IS NOT WHITE, ESSENTIALLY. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE TO KIND OF BE FIRST TO TAKE PART IN THAT? WAS THAT SOMETHING YOU THOUGHT ABOUT OR --

>> WELL, YEAH. DEFINITELY THOUGHT ABOUT IT. I WROTE IT DOWN IN MY JOURNAL WHILE FILMING THE MOVIE "DOPE." AND, YEAH, I WAS --

>> WHAT DID YOU WRITE DOWN IN.

>> I WROTE DOWN I AM MILES MORALES, I AM SPIDER-MAN, WHILE MEDITATING, READING THE FOUR AGREEMENTS, READING THE ALCHEMIST, LOOKING AT THE SECRET ON YOUTUBE, YOU KNOW, AND WORKING OUT, EATING HEALTHY AND WRITING DOWN IN MY JOURNAL WHAT I FELT, YOU KNOW. AND PRACTICING SPEAKING THINGS INTO EXISTENCE INSTEAD OF SAYING I WANT TO BE SPIDER-MAN, I WANT TO BE MILES MORALES, I JUST REMEMBER SAYING I AM SPIDER-MAN. I AM MILES MORALES. ANYWAY, WHILE FILMING THAT MOVIE, I FOCUSED ON IT AND DID THE BEST I COULD. AND THEN CHRIS AND PHIL SAW THE MOVIE AND WAS, LIKE, YO, THIS GUY MIGHT BE IT. YOU KNOW. THAT'S HOW IT HAPPENED. LAW OF ATTRACTION. I INSPIRE ALL THE KIDS AT HOME TO START WRITING DOWN YOUR THOUGHTS, USE YOUR PENCIL, NOT A PEN, IT IS DIFFERENT THAN WRITING IT DOWN ON YOUR PHONE. IT REALLY IS. SOMETHING MAGICAL ABOUT IT. I WANT ALL THE KIDS TO KNOW YOU LITERALLY CAN DO WHATEVER YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO, WHATEVER YOU THINK IS PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE, PROBABLY IS.

>> JAKE, WE WERE TALKING DOWNSTAIRS -- DO YOU WANT TO CLAP? SOMEONE WANTS TO CLAP. [ APPLAUSE ] OKAY, GREAT. DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE THAT ONE PERSON HANGING WHO STARTED OUT BACK THERE, YOU KNOW. JAKE, WE WERE TALKING DOWNSTAIRS. I WAS GUSHING ABOUT THE MOVIE AND YOU WERE, LIKE, I AGREE, IT IS HARD NOT TO WATCH THIS AND JUST THINK THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THIS ARE BRILLIANT MINDS. THEY KNOW EXACTLY HOW TO DO THIS AND DO IT RIGHT. WHAT WAS IT LIKE DOING THE PROCESS WITH THEM FOR TWO, THREE YEARS, BECAUSE YOU'RE GETTING DIFFERENT SCRIPTS, THINGS ARE CHANGING, THE ANIMATION CHANGES.

>> FOR MY POINT OF VIEW, WHEN THIS STARTED, I GOT AN E-MAIL FROM PHIL LORD AND HE TOLD ME WHAT HE WAS THINKING OF DOING AND THINKING ABOUT ME FOR PART AND I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE GOOD AT THAT MOMENT BECAUSE OF HOW TALENTED PHIL IS. AND THEN KNOWING HE AND CHRIS MILLER WERE GOING TO BE VERY INVOLVED, AND THEN OUR DIRECTORS, WE HAVE A GREAT TEAM. SO FROM MY --

>> THREE DIRECTORS, RIGHT?

>> BOBBY, PETER AND RODNEY. AND FROM MY POINT OF VIEW, THEY KEEP SAYING HOW IT WAS BAD AND IT KEPT GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER AND I THINK WHAT THEY MEAN IS THROUGH THE ANIMATION. THE WRITING AND THE SCRIPTS WERE ALWAYS VERY GOOD. THERE WAS NEVER A SCENE I DID THIS I THOUGHT WAS WEAK OR SOFT. AND SHAMEIK AND I GOT TO RECORD TOGETHER. AND EVERY STEP WAS REALLY GOOD. I THOUGHT THE MATERIAL WAS GOOD. I LIKED THEIR POINT OF VIEW. I'M EXCITED FOR PEOPLE TO GET TO SEE IT, BECAUSE IT IS TRULY A MOVIE I STAND BEHIND. I THINK IT IS AWESOME.

>> AT FIRST, YOU KNOW, WE WERE HEARING WHY DO WE NEED ANOTHER SPIDER-MAN MOVIE, WHEN WE HAVE SEEN SEVEN, EIGHT OF THEM IN THE LAST HOWEVER MANY YEARS. BUT AFTER THE CRITICS AND SOME OF THE FANS HAVE GOTTEN TO SEE THE FILM, THE NEW THING NOW IS, LIKE, THIS COULD BE THE BEST SPIDER-MAN FILM TO BE MADE SO FAR.

>> I WOULD AGREE WITH THAT. I ALSO THINK THAT PHIL MILLER AND CHRIS LORD --

>> PHIL LORD AND CHRIS MILLER.

>> ARE THE MASTERS OF TAKING SOMETHING THAT EVERYBODY SAYS WHY DO WE NEED THAT AND SPINNING IT.

>> ONE OF THE REASONS THAT THIS MOVIE FEELS DIFFERENT AS A SPIDER-MAN MOVIE, IT IS THE INTRODUCTION OF MILES MORALES. I PLAY PETER PARKER, THE SPIDER-MAN WE ALL KNOW IN THIS DIMENSION, THE KID FROM QUEENS BIT BY A SPIDER AND GETS THE POWER. I GET SUCKED INTO HIS UNIVERSE. AND HIS UNIVERSE, HE IS LEARNING HOW TO BECOME SPIDER-MAN. AND SO I BECOME LIKE HIS MENTOR TO FIGURE OUT HOW HE CAN DO IT.

>> LIKE A WALTER MATTHAU "BAD NEWS BEAR".

>> OR MR. MIAGAI.

>> IN A BOUT OF DEPRESSION.

>> MR. MIAGAI AND A BOTTLE OF GIN. YOU GET ALL THE NEW SPIDER PEOPLE. WE HAVE OUR FIRST FEMALE SPIDER PERSON. SO SPIDER-GWEN IS IN THIS MOVIE, WHICH IS EXCITING.

>> PUT IT UP FOR SPIDER-GWEN.

>> THEY HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET.

>> NICOLAS CAGE IS NOIR SPIDER-MAN, RIGHT?

>> LILY TOMLIN IS IN THE MOVIE.

>> LILY TOMLIN IS PLAYING AUNT ANN --

>> AUNT MAY.

>> AUNT MAY, EXCUSE ME. IS IT MOSTLY JUST THE TWO OF YOU RECORDING ALL THE TIME?

>> I GOT TO WORK WITH JAKE AND I GOT TO WORK WITH BRIAN TYREE HENRY WHO PLAYS MY POPS. SO THE WHOLE, DAD, I LOVE YOU, WAS, LIKE, IN THE STUDIO, WITH HIM. AND WHAT NOT.

>> HE'S A SUPER TALENTED AND FUNNY GUY.

>> YEAH.

>> YOU SAID THAT, YOU KNOW, NOT ONLY ARE THEY GOOD AT SPINNING THESE IPs FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, THEY'RE REALLY GOOD AT STORY, WHICH IS SO CLEAR, THE STORY IN THIS MOVIE MOVES SO FAST AND EVERY BEAT FEELS PERFECTLY LAID OUT AND SOMEHOW BYPASSES ANY CLICHE THAT YOU COULD FIND IN A SUPERHERO MOVIE. WAS THAT SOMETHING THAT SHOCKED YOU GUYS AS YOU WERE GETTING THE SCRIPTS, HOW DO THESE TWO GUYS OR THIS TEAM, EXCUSE ME, IT WAS A LARGER TEAM THAN THE TWO OF THEM HOW DO THEY KNOW EXACTLY HOW TO HIT THESE RIGHT NOTES?

>> AT LEAST FOR ME, I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS DIFFERENT FOR YOU, SHAMEIK, BUT I WAS NEVER GIVEN FULL THINGS. THEY DON'T GIVE US THE SCRIPT TO TAKE HOME. WHEN I WOULD GET TO THE BOOTH TO RECORD, I WOULD READ THE SCENES I WAS IN SO I COULD ONLY JUDGE IT SCENE BY SCENE BY PETER PARKER'S POINT OF VIEW. I JUST KNEW FROM AT LEAST THAT STORY LINE, YOU KNOW, IT WAS SOLID.

>> AND WITH ME, YOU KNOW, MAYBE HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH "THE GET DOWN." I THINK THEY DID GIVE ME AN ORIGINAL SCRIPT, BUT I READ -- IT WAS A LARGE SCRIPT. THIS IS BEFORE -- SO ANYWAY, THEY WERE WRITING AND PLAYING WITH IT AS THEY WERE CALLING ME IN, I WASN'T READING IT BEFOREHAND. THEY MIGHT HAVE SENT THE LINES IN AN E-MAIL, BUT REALLY I JUST WENT THERE AND FOLLOWED DIRECTIONS, YOU KNOW. AND LISTENED TO WHAT THEY TOLD ME TO DID. I'M READING IT OFF OF A PAPER, BUT WHILE FILMING "THE GET DOWN," I WOULD HAVE TWO OR THREE MONOLOGUES I'M GIVEN TO LEARN TO BE ON FILM. IT HAS BECOME A HABIT OF MINE TO BE ORGANIC TO ME AND BE SEARCHING FOR THE LINES AND DELIVERING IN A WAY WHERE IT IS, LIKE, VERY AUTHENTIC, YOU KNOW. ANYWAY, IT IS LIKE A SPECIAL BALANCE THAT I THINK I FOUND BY GOING IN AND DOING IT ON THE DAY, SO IT IS --

>> DID IT KIND OF BLOW YOU AWAY WHEN YOU SAW THE FINISHED PRODUCT? OFTENTIMES YOU SEE A FINISHED MOVIE, IT IS GOING TO FEEL DIFFERENT BECAUSE YOU'RE SO INVOLVED IN EACH SCENE. BUT WITH THIS, I CAN'T IMAGINE YOU HAD ANY IDEA BECAUSE THE ANIMATION ITSELF SO-SO MIND BLOWING.

>> THE WHOLE THING THEY KEPT TELLING US ABOUT THE ANIMATION, IT WAS GOING TO BE LIKE NOTHING YOU'VE EVER SEEN BEFORE AND LIKE A COMIC BOOK COME TO LIFE. AND, YOU KNOW, AS A THEORY I UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT WHAT THAT ACTUALLY MEANS WAS KIND OF MIND BLOWING WHEN I FINALLY GOT TO SEE THE MOVIE. WE SAW THE FIRST 30 MINUTES TOGETHER IN COMIC-CON. WE GOT TO SEE IT WITH THAT FAN BASE, WHICH WAS A REALLY FUN PLACE TO FIRST SEE IT. THAT'S THE REAL CORE AND THEY REALLY LOVED IT. BUT THEN WE FINALLY SAW THE FINAL CUT OR THE CLOSEST TO FINAL WHEN WE SAW IT TOGETHER AND AFTERWARDS WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY, WE WERE BLOWN AWAY BY HOW VISUALLY STUNNING THIS THING IS.

>> I CAN THINK OF THREE COMIC BOOK MOVIES I THINK WERE MOMENTS WHERE I SAID, WOW, YOU GOT IT RIGHT AND THIS FEELS TOTALLY DIFFERENT AND THAT'S BURTON'S BATMAN, DARK KNIGHT AND PROBABLY THIS. I GUESS SPIDER-MAN 2. THOSE FOUR ARE ARE THE KEY FOUR, I THINK.

>> THAT'S A BIG HONOR WE JUMPED THAT HIGH.

>> IT CAPTURES A COMIC BOOK, I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER SEEN THAT.

>> I FELT WHEN I FIRST WATCHED THIS MOVIE, THE WAY I FELT YEARS AGO, WHEN PIXAR FIRST STARTED, WHEN I FIRST SAW MY FIRST PIXAR MOVIE I REMEMBER THINKING I'M NOT SURE YOU CAN DO ANIMATION LIKE THAT. AND I WAS, LIKE, THIS DOESN'T LOOK LIKE CARTOONS THE WAY I'M USED TO. AND THEN ONCE I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT, NOW I WANT ALL MY MOVIES TO FEEL LIKE THIS. I FELT LIKE THAT WITH THIS ANIMATION, WHERE IT LOOKS LIKE A PAINTING COME TO LIFE AT TIMES.

>> DIFFERENT PAINTINGS AT TIMES TOO.

>> YES.

>> I WAS, LIKE, OH, AT FIRST, IT TOOK A COUPLE OF MINUTES FOR MY BRAIN TO ADJUST TO IT. I'M, LIKE, I DO LIKE THIS, THIS IS MY NEW VERSION OF ANIMATION.

>> THEY WERE SAYING, MOST ANIMATION TAKES ABOUT A WEEK FOR TEN SECONDS. IT TOOK A WEEK FOR A SECOND ON THIS BECAUSE IT WAS 2-D DRAWING MIXED WITH COMPUTER ANIMATION AND OVERLYING PHOTOGRAPHS AT TIMES.

>> EVERY TIME WE WOULD GO INTO RECORD, YOU KNOW, WE HAD A GOOD JOB, WE WERE COMING EVERY COUPLE OF WEEKS, EVERY FEW WEEKS AND RECORD FOR FOUR HOURS. OUR ANIMATORS WERE DIRECTORS, EVERYONE WAS SO TIRED AND WORN OUT AND EVERYBODY AT SONY WHO TALKED TO WOULD TALK ABOUT HOW HARD THIS ONE WAS AND HOW MUCH WORK THEY PUT INTO IT, I DIDN'T EXPERIENCE AND COULDN'T RELATE TO, SO I WOULD GO, I HEAR YOU, I HEAR YOU, KEEP IT UP, I AGREE, KEEP IT UP.

>> I'M SO SORRY, THAT SOUNDS SO BAD. HOLD ON ONE SECOND.

>> SO HARD. I'M, LIKE, TOTALLY, I'M HERE FOR FOUR HOURS HAVING A BLAST WITH THIS GUY.

>> HOLD ON, I'M SPIDER-MAN! THANKS, GUYS.

>> EXACTLY.

>> BUT YOU SEE THE WORK THEY DID, YOU REALIZE WHY -- THEY KEEP TELLING YOU HOW HARD THEY'RE WORKING, THAT'S ONE THING. YOU SEE THE FINAL PRODUCT, PEOPLE WILL SEE THIS AFTER THEY SEE THE MOVIE.

>> BAGS UNDER EYES.

>> EXHAUSTED.

>> EXHAUSTED, YEAH.

>> I HAVEN'T SEEN ANYBODY -- MOST OF THE PEOPLE I TALK TO WHO SEE MOVIES ARE CRITICS AND FAIRLY SNOBBY. I HAVEN'T MET ANYONE THAT WASN'T BOWLED OVER BY THIS MOVIE AS OF YET. I'M CURIOUS, PETER PARKER, YOU PLAY, A LITTLE WASHED UP. WAS THAT PART OF THE PITCH WHEN THEY CAME TO YOU, THIS IDEA OF WHO HE WAS GOING TO BE, DID THEY FIGURE THAT OUT AS THEY WERE WRITING IT.

>> THAT WAS PHIL'S ORIGINAL VISION FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND. HE PICKED HIS VERSION OF PETER AND HOW HE SAW IT AND, YOU KNOW IT PETER PARKER AT 40. PETER PARKER WHO HAS GONE THROUGH A BAD SPLIT WITH MJ, PETER PARKER BATTLING SOME DEPRESSION, PETER PARKER PAST THE EXCITEMENT OF BEING SPIDER-MAN AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SPEND YOUR LIFE SAVING OTHER PEOPLE, A LITTLE FATTER. SO IT IS THAT GUY WHO MEETS THIS YOUNG SPIDER-MAN WHO NEEDS TO LEARN HOW TO DO IT IN ORDER TO SAVE HIS WHOLE FAMILY AND EVERYBODY HE KNOWS AND HOW THEY KIND OF CONNECT AND, YOU KNOW, LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER.

>> DID YOU GO BACK AND LOOK AT ANY OF THE MILES COMICS? DID YOU READ SOME OF THE MILES COMICS?

>> NO, NO. BUT THE MORE I'M ASKED THAT IS THE MORE I FEEL LIKE I PROBABLY JUST SHOULD NOW. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

>> OR SAY YOU DID. I HAVEN'T READ THEM, I WOULDN'T KNOW HOW TO DO A QUESTION ABOUT IT.

>> YOU'RE NOT THE HEAVY COMIC BOOK NERD THEN. A LOT OF PEOPLE, I WOULD GET CAUGHT UP IN A LIE REAL QUICK. YEAH.

>> HAVE YOU GIVEN IT A SHOT AND THEY THROW YOU A CURVEBALL QUESTION IN.

>> NO, I'M A TRANSPARENT HONEST KIND OF GUY AND I'M NOT GOING TO LIE TO MILLIONS OF FANS WHO LOVE MILES MORALES, I NEVER READ THE COMIC BOOK. BUT THE CARTOON I SAW WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, WHEN HE HAD THE SHAVED HEAD YOU CAN LOOK IT UP ON GOOGLE, I LOOK JUST LIKE THAT GUY. JUST LIKE HIM. SOMEBODY TOOK MY FACE AND ANIMATED IT. WHEN I SAW IT, I WAS, LIKE, I AM HIM. I ALWAYS FELT THAT CONNECTION WITH HIM. I KNEW SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH MILES MORALES IN MY LIFETIME. AND, YEAH.

>> WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF PLAYING MILES MORALES?

>> I WOULD HAVE TO SAY LOOKING AT THE END PRODUCT. PROBABLY. I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ANIMATION. I'M EXPERIENCING IT NOW. GETTING TO MEET FANS, WE GOT HERE TODAY AND THERE ARE PEOPLE OUTSIDE SAYING SHAMEIK, AUTOGRAPH OR PHOTO AND WHAT NOT. PEOPLE AREN'T DOING THAT ABOUT "THE GET DOWN" OR "DOPE." PEOPLE SAY, AREN'T YOU -- BUT RIGHT NOW THERE IS PEOPLE OUTSIDE, YOU KNOW, THAT'S DIFFERENT. THAT'S BECAUSE MILES MORALES, THAT'S SOMETHING -- THAT'S A CHARACTER THAT IS TOUCHING PEOPLE'S HEARTS IS, YOU KNOW, YOU SAY SOMETHING IN A DIFFERENT INTERVIEW, IT IS NOT WOWED. MILES MORALES ISN'T WOWED. IT IS TIME. AND, YEAH, I'M EXPERIENCING, LIKE, YO, TO ME, I DID -- I WANTED TO BE MILES MORALES FOR SELFISH REASONS. I SAW THIS CHARACTER, AND I -- I'M, LIKE, I'M LIKE EVERY OTHER BLACK BOY, WANTS TO BE MILES MORALES, THEY SEE MILES MORALES, I WANT TO BE THE BLACK SPIDER-MAN, FOR SURE. BUT I WAS CHOSEN, BITTEN BY THAT SPIDER, SONY WAS MY SPIDER.

>> THE SONY SPIDER.

>> THE SONY SPIDER. YOU'RE GOING TO BE MILES MORALES AND I TOOK ON THAT RESPONSIBILITY KIND OF LIKE BLINDLY. JUST, LIKE, YO, THIS IS AMAZING FOR ME BECAUSE I ALWAYS WANTED TO DO THIS. BUT NOW, LIKE, WHEN PARENTS ARE COMING UP TO US AND INTERVIEWING US AND SAYING THEY CAN'T WAIT FOR THEIR KID TO SEE THIS OR THEIR KID WAS MESMERIZED BY THE TRAILER OR -- I'M, LIKE, OH --

>> WHOOPED DI WHOOP.

>> I'VE SAID WHOOPED DI WHOOP A COUPLE OF TIMES. HE DIDN'T WANT ME TO --

>> I FILMED THE MOVIE IN NEW ORLEANS, THAT'S SOME NEW ORLEANS SLANG, GET READY FOR CUT THROAT CITY NEXT YEAR, BUT ANYWAY, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING.

>> YOU'RE HERE FOR A SPIDER-MAN MOVIE AND YOU'RE FLOATING YOUR NEXT PROJECT.

>> YOU KNOW. IT IS A BLESSING TO PLAY SPIDER-MAN AND A BLESSING TO PLAY MILES AND WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. I KNOW THAT BETTER THAN EVER AT THIS MOMENT TODAY.

>> JAKE, WHAT IS IT LIKE TO PLAY -- IMAGINE IT IS EVER LITTLE BOY'S DREAM TO PLAY A SUPERHERO OF SOME KIND. TO BE ASKED TO PLAY THE BROKE DOWN VERSION OF THE SUPERHERO. WHAT DID YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT WHEN -- CAN'T I JUST PLAY THE REAL PETER PARKER?

>> MAYBE I'M A UNIQUE PERSON, BUT I NEVER GREW UP DREAMING OF PLAYING A SUPERHERO. THE SUPERHERO CRAZE OF OUR MOVIES AND OUR CINEMAS HAS KIND OF CONFUSED ME. I THINK IT IS NEAT. BUT THE FACT THAT THEY'RE EVERYWHERE AND THEY'RE ALL MOVIES AND NOW TO BE AN ACTOR THESE DAYS, IT IS ABOUT WORKING OUT ALL THE TIME AND PUTTING SPANDEX ON AND BEING IN THE NEXT BIG SUPERHERO MOVIE.

>> LOOKING LIKE AN OLYMPIC ATHLETE.

>> TO BE AN ACTOR NOW, YOU'RE PART OF IT, YOU WORK OUT ALL THE TIME. WHEN I WAS COMING UP, THAT'S NOT WHAT AN ACTOR WAS. IT WAS A WHOLE DIFFERENT THING. I NEVER HAD A BIG THRUST AND DREAM TO PLAY A SUPERHERO AND WHAT GOT ME ABOUT PETER WAS WHEN PHIL DESCRIBED THIS PETER PARKER, HE JUST SEEMED LIKE A HUMAN. HE SEEMED LIKE A REGULAR GUY THAT HAD THESE GREAT POWERS AND DID THIS GREAT THING AND THEN YOU'RE SPIDER-MAN FOR A WHILE AND YOUR LIFE SUCKS. PLAYING THAT HUMAN SIDE OF A SUPERHERO REMEMBERS THAT HE HAS THIS ABILITY AND REMEMBERS THAT HE IS SPIDER-MAN AND IS ABLE TO HELP MILES BECOME SPIDER-MAN. AND MENTOR A LOT OF THE -- HE'S LIKE A LITTLE MENTOR FOR THIS GROUP. IT IS REALLY FUN. BUT WHAT REALLY ATTRACTED ME TO IT WAS THE HUMAN SIDE OF PETER PARKER.

>> LET'S GET SOME QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE. HERE IS A QUESTION. SOMEONE HAVE A QUESTION. WHO HAS A MICROPHONE. NO ONE HAS A QUESTION. OH, MY GOD. I'LL ASK ANOTHER QUESTION WHILE PEOPLE GET ON, GIVING PEOPLE THE MICROPHONE TO ASK QUESTIONS. JAKE, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF PLAYING SPIDER-MAN?

>> I ENJOYED WORKING WITH SHAMEIK A LOT IN THE BOOTH. I LIKE THAT EXPERIENCE OF WORKING WITH OTHER ACTORS.

>> THANK YOU.

>> IT WAS FUN TO ACTUALLY DO FULL SCENE WORK, BUT REALLY THE MATERIAL. I LOVE DOING THE SCRIPT ON THIS. I LOVE THE WORLD THAT THEY WERE TRYING TO CREATE. AN HONOR TO BE PART OF IT.

>> DID YOU SEE MY MIGNONS COME IN AND GIVE MICROPHONES TO PEOPLE WHO HAS A QUESTION?

>> HI. MY QUESTION TO YOU IS FOR BOTH, HAVING STARRING IN AN ANIMATION FILM, HAVE YOU APPRECIATED, LIKE, ANIMATION OR, LIKE, THE VOICE-OVER TYPE OF ROLE COMPARED TO YOUR LIVE ACTION ROLES?

>> YEAH. I PERSONALLY LOVE VOICE-OVER. I FOUND IT TO BE -- I ALWAYS VIEWED IT AS AN EASY JOB. I THOUGHT IT WAS THE KIND OF JOB YOU DO TWO OR THREE TIMES, WEARING SHORTS AND A BERMUDA SHIRT AND YOU'RE DONE. IT WASN'T. WE WERE IN THE BOOTH FOR OVER TWO AND A HALF YEARS ON AND OFF. WHAT I LIKED IS THERE WAS NO HAIR AND MAKEUP, NO LIGHTS, NO SET, YOU HAD TO SELL THE PERFORMANCE, AND I GOT REALLY TAKEN BY IT. I'M NOT DOING A NETFLIX SHOW WITH CHRIS AND PHIL WHO ARE PRODUCING CALLED "HOOPS" THAT WILL BE ANIMATED BECAUSE I'VE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH THAT. THE WHOLE ANIMATED WORLD.

>> FOR ME, YOU KNOW, I APPRECIATE THE EXPERIENCE, FOR SURE. I WOULD DO IT AGAIN EVERY TIME. BUT I'M IN A PLACE IN LIFE WHERE I HAVE SOME THINGS TO CHECK OFF, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. I NEED TO DEFINITELY CONTINUE TO SHOWCASE WHAT I'M CAPABLE OF ON SCREEN, YOU KNOW. IT IS A BLESSING TO BE A PART OF THIS, I WROTE IT IN MY JOURNAL, AND I DON'T THINK THEY COULD HAVE NAILED IT IN THIS WAY THE FIRST TIME AROUND WITH THE MILES MORALES STORY, LIKE THE ANIMATION WAS BEAUTIFUL AND I THINK IT ADDED TO THE UNIQUENESS ABOUT MILES MORALES. WE GET -- I GET TO HELP INTRODUCE THE STORY FOR POSSIBLY SOME OTHER LITTLE BOY FOUR OR FIVE YEARS FROM NOW THAT WILL BE 15 LOOKING TO BE MILES IN A LIVE ACTION STORY. AND I WOULD BE ABLE TO SAY I WAS PART OF THAT. OR MIGHT STILL BE ME AND I REALLY GET THE GOLDEN GLOBE OUT HERE. NO, BUT --

>> THAT'S RIGHT. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU'RE NOMINATED, RIGHT, FOR GOLDEN GLOBE AND I BELIEVE YOU JUST WON THE LOS ANGELES FILM CRITIC CIRCLE AWARD.

>> WE WON?

>> I SAW THAT ON TWITTER.

>> LET'S CELEBRATE IT. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> WELL DESERVED, VERY, VERY WELL DESERVED. NEXT QUESTION.

>> DIDN'T KNOW THAT.

>> DON'T SAY, OH, GOSH, AS YOU'RE --

>> I WAS ABLE TO SEE THE MOVIE LAST WEEK. AND IT WAS SO PHENOMENAL. I CRIED BECAUSE IT WAS SO INSPIRING FOR, LIKE, MY YOUNGER BROTHER AND FOR ME. AND I JUST HAD A QUESTION FOR BOTH OF YOU GUYS. I KNOW YOU BOTH HAVE DONE TV SHOWS IN THE PAST. SO HOW HAS THAT ACTING AND PREPARING FOR THOSE ROLES DIFFERENT FROM ACTING IN THIS ONE.

>> SO FOR "THE GET DOWN, " I GOT TO PREP AS FAR AS GETTING INTO CHARACTER. I'M NOT FROM NEW YORK, YOU KNOW, I HAD TO EMBODY WHAT A NEW YORK PERSON IS, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. I WAS SPENDING A LOT OF TIME WITH THE ASAP MOB AND EVERYBODY I KNEW THAT WAS FROM NEW YORK. AND THAT WAS IT. I WAS JUST -- I GOT TO TAKE LIKE A GOOD TWO MONTHS DOING THAT. AS FAR AS BREAK DANCING, SAME THING. I WAS AROUND A WHOLE BUNCH OF BREAK DANCERS, MY WRIST WAS HURTING. AND I GOT THE TIME TO FIND THE CHARACTER, THE LADY KILLING ROMANTIC, RIGHT, BUT WE WERE SHOOTING, THERE WAS ALMOST NO PREP, JUST, LIKE, HERE YOU GO, TEN MINUTES BEFORE WE WERE SHOOTING AND IT IS, LIKE, NOW I'M RIFFING OFF THE TOP AND FINDING THE LINES IN MY MIND AND TYING IN AND IT ALLOWED ME TO BUILD A NEW -- YOU WORK OUT, YOU'RE, LIKE, YOU DON'T GOT A CHEST, BUT AFTER A WHILE, AFTER -- THEN IT STARTS GROWING, IT IS LIKE, WAIT A SECOND, I'M UP HERE, I'M HERE. THAT'S HOW I FELT WITH THAT ACTING MUSCLE. NOW WITH MILES MORALES, IT WAS WAY MORE, YOU KNOW, I CAN RELATE TO, LIKE, NOT KNOWING WHAT I'M DOING UNTIL I GET THERE. AND THEN, LIKE, AGAIN, FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS AND THE DIFFERENCES THAT I GET TO READ ON PAPER, I DIDN'T HAVE TO MEMORIZE EVERYTHING I'M SAYING. EVEN THOUGH NATURALLY I THINK I DO, BY THE TIME I'M DOING SAYING IT 20 TIMES, BUT I THINK THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IS JUST, LIKE, MY MENTALITY ABOUT IT. I'M IN FRONT OF A CAMERA, I FEEL LIKE, YO, I'M ABOUT TO FLEX ON THE WORLD, ABOUT TO SHOW, LET ME GET MY SMILE RIGHT. AND IN THE BOOTH, I MEAN, IT IS THE TRUTH. IN THE BOOTH, I'M KIND OF LIKE -- JUST LET IT GO. LET MY VOICE, LIKE, YOU KNOW, PETER! WHAT'S GOING ON! CAN YOU SEE ME? YOU JUST POKED ME IN MY EYE, LIKE THAT INSTEAD. I'M JUST --

>> DID YOU HAVE TO GO HIGHER BECAUSE MILES IS A LITTLE BIT YOUNGER THAN YOU?

>> IT DEPENDS. IF IT IS IN THE MORNING AND I CAN'T TALK LIKE THIS, NATURALLY I'M PRETENDING TO SOUND REALLY DEEP NOW, BUT SOMETIMES MY VOICE GETS REAL RASPY, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. BUT THEY DIDN'T LIKE WHEN MY VOICE WENT UP HIGH UNNATURALLY. I WANTED TO BRING SOMETHING BELIEVABLE TO THE CHARACTER BECAUSE IT IS MY VOICE. I WAS, LIKE, YO, I'M NOT JUST GOING TO TAKE THIS LIKE ANY OLD OPPORTUNITY, I GOT TO MAKE THIS AN ICONIC VOCAL PERFORMANCE. THEY'RE NOT GOING TO SAY I COULD HAVE DONE THAT JOB IN SPIDER-MAN. NO, YOU COULDN'T. IT IS UNIQUE. THEY COULDN'T DO YOU EITHER.

>> THANK YOU, SHAMEIK.

>> NEXT QUESTION.

>> ALL RIGHT. MY QUESTION IS KIND OF ON A SIMILAR LINE. HOW WAS RECORDING MUSIC HELPED YOU OUT WITH THIS PROJECT HERE?

>> CONFIDENCE, TALKING ON THE MIKE, YOU KNOW, CONFIDENCE, LIKE, WITH MY VOICE AND WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE. IF I DO HAVE TO GO UP A REGISTER, YOU KNOW, I KNOW WHAT THEY WANT. IF I HAVE TO COME BACK DOWN, MATCH TO WHAT THEY DID ALREADY, KNOWING TONE AND PITCH, IT IS HELPFUL. YEAH.

>> ONE MORE. OVER HERE.

>> THEY SNUCK YOU --

>> I'VE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO SEE THE MOVIE TWICE.

>> TWICE?

>> YEAH. I'M A BIG NERD. AND AS A FATHER ON THE STREET, LATINO BOYS, IT MEANT THE WORLD TO US. THE MOVIE IS ABOUT -- FROM BROOKLYN, BORN AND RAISED IN BROOKLYN, THE MOVIE IS ABOUT TAKING A LEAP OF FAITH. WHERE IN YOUR CAREER DID YOU TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH?

>> THANKS FOR SEEING IT TWICE. I'M GLAD YOU GUYS LIKED IT.

>> NEED TO SEE IT TWO MORE TIMES WHEN IT COMES OUT, PAY FOR IT.

>> MY LEAP OF FAITH CAME WHEN I MOVED OUT TO LOS ANGELES. I WAS 26. I HAD BEEN -- I LIVED OUT HERE IN NEW YORK AND IT WASN'T SUCCESSFUL. SO I WENT BACK TO CHICAGO AND I WAS LIVING WITH MY DAD AND BROKE AND DIDN'T HAVE ANY -- ANYTHING REALLY COOKING. AND I THOUGHT I COULD STAY HERE AND HOPEFULLY THE ACTING THING WORKS, BUT I WANTED TO BE AN ACTOR, I SHOULD PROBABLY GO WHERE THE ACTING IS. SO I DROVE OUT TO LOS ANGELES AND --

>> MADE IT HAPPEN.

>> MADE IT HAPPEN.

>> HOW LONG DID IT TAKE UNTIL YOU GOT SOMETHING?

>> TWO YEARS. AND THEN I STARTED GET SOMETHING COMMERCIALS AND SPENT A YEAR AND A HALF AS A COMMERCIAL ACTOR AND GOT A LINE ON CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM AND LIZ MERRYWEATHER SAW ME AND AN INDEPENDENT MOVIE PUT ME IN THEIR SHOW.

>> BEFORE I ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, SORRY, THE SPANISH, WAS IT OKAY?

>> YEAH, REALLY GOOD.

>> OKAY. I'M SCARED TO GO TO MIAMI.

>> HE'S HALF PUERTO RICAN, SO IT WAS GOOD.

>> I WAS TOLD I STILL HAD THE AMERICAN TOUCH TO IT.

>> IT IS AMERICAN, BUT IT IS STILL, YOU KNOW --

>> IT IS BELIEVABLE, RIGHT?

>> IT IS BELIEVABLE.

>> BOOM, COOL.

>> CONGRATULATIONS.

>> I'M SORRY, BUT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, WHAT WAS --

>> A LEAP OF FAITH.

>> THE LEAP OF FAITH. SEE, I THINK SIMILAR QUESTION, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE LEAP OF, LIKE, WHAT I'VE LEAPED TO, BUT I DO KNOW I SHOULD BE WAY MORE -- I AM THANKFUL FOR THE PROGRESSION THAT I'VE BEEN EXPERIENCING. I NEED TO PRACTICE REALLY LOOKING AT IT FROM OUTSIDE PERSPECTIVE. IT IS ME. I DON'T -- MY PARENT -- MY FAMILY DON'T -- IN A WAY WHERE IT IS, LIKE, YOU'RE THE BIG GUY NOW, THEY'RE VERY MUCH LIKE, THIS IS WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DO, THE WORLD IS FINDING OUT ABOUT YOUR TALENT, BUT WE ALREADY KNOW. WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP. THEY'RE VERY MUCH LIKE THAT. AND SO MY MENTALITY ABOUT, LIKE, LEAPS, I DON'T KNOW IF I REACHED THE PLACE IN MY MIND, YOU KNOW. IF I WAS THE LIVE ACTION -- THIS IS -- IF I WAS A LIVE ACTION MILES MORALES, I THINK IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A BIGGER LEAP IN MY MIND THAN THIS, BUT THIS IS AN AMAZING PROJECT THAT I NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND, LIKE, SEEING IT AT THE END PLAYED A BIG PART OF MY, LIKE, WOW, THIS IS ME, LIKE, REALLY ALMOST -- NOT TAKING IT FOR GRANTED, BUT, YOU KNOW, ACCEPTING SOMETHING, BEING THANKFUL AND NOT EVEN KNOWING WHAT IS GOING ON, LIKE, FOR THE BIGGER PICTURE. THIS IS GROUNDBREAKING. THIS ISN'T JUST, LIKE, HEY, WE MADE A SPIDER-MAN MOVIE, YOU'RE PART OF SOMETHING WAY BIGGER THAN WHAT YOU WOULD BRING TO THE SCREEN BY YOURSELF. YOU'RE PART OF SOMETHING THAT HAS THOUSANDS OF ANIMATORS WORKING ON THIS. AND PUTTING PASSION AND TIME INTO THIS AND, YEAH, SO THE BIGGEST LEAP IS, LIKE, FINDING THAT THING IN MYSELF TO APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING ON DIFFERENTLY THAN I ALREADY DO.

>> GREAT, THAT WAS GREAT.

>> I DON'T KNOW IF THAT REALLY, LIKE --

>> THE LEAP IS YET TO COME.

>> THE LEAP IS YET TO COME. I FEEL LIKE IT IS HAPPENING. THIS IS A LEAP, LIKE.

>> THIS IS HUGE. THIS IS AN ANIMATED MOVIE THAT WILL WIN AWARDS THIS YEAR, THAT WILL BE KNOWN FOR A VERY LONG TIME. WHEN YOU GO SEE IT THIS WEEKEND, OR TOMORROW, STICK AROUND TO THE END, THERE AN AMAZING STING AT THE END OF THE CREDITS THAT YOU HAVE TO SEE. GUYS, CONGRATULATIONS. "SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE" OPENS THIS WEEK. GO SEE IT. GO SEE IT A SECOND TIME. GIVE THEM A HUGE ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR JOINING US. [ APPLAUSE ]

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