While on the set of Flora & Ulysses, Ben Schwartz came in on his day off and dropped some Easter Egg knowledge during his interview.
Over a year and a half ago, before the world went crazy, I was spending a couple of amazing days in Vancouver, Canada on the set of Flora & Ulysses. This movie has superheroes and comic books, so what more could I ask for? Well, from the moment we stepped on set, I became even more excited that I ever imagined I would be. We watched a scene being filmed and then were able to interview almost the entire case — including ones of my favorite actors, Ben Schwartz.
The best part about this interview? He actually came in on his day off to speak with us, which I thought was really awesome of him to do. I am sure with a hectic filming schedule he treasured his days off, but to spend one chatting with us was more than I could have ever asked for. Of course he had us cracking up almost the whole time, he is a talented comedian after all. But he also revealed some Easter Eggs to look for when watching Flora & Ulysses.
Interview With Ben Schwartz On The Set Of Flora & Ulysses
Ben Schwartz plays Flora’s father, George Buckman. George creates comic books for a living, so you know that he immediately became my favorite character. Plus, I have had the chance to meet and interview Ben Schwartz a couple times now, and he is always a pleasure to talk to. And boy, does he know how to make you laugh!
How is Ben’s character different than his character in the book? Well in the book George is bald, and a bit older than the film version of George. Ben said that he is always nervous with adaptations that the writer of the original content will be happy. Well he got to meet the writer of the book and not only did he says she is lovely, he said she was over the moon with this take on it.
Ben told us that when Brad Copeland, who wrote the script, talked to him about the character, he warned him it would be very different from the book.
“He worked upon George’s character, for the sake of the film, to make him a more flushed out character so there could be more of a family dynamic.” – Ben Schwartz
Something that I love about this movie is that Ben was joined by his fellow DuckTales cast! They each make fun appearances.
“It started with me, and then Danny [Pudi] was cast. There’s a character that is almost like Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons and we were chatting about names and it was like what about Bobby Moynihan!? Lena loves putting Easter Eggs in things, so not only is there Bobby, me, and Danny – the three duck brothers – but Webby is played by Kate Micucci and she is in it.” – Ben Schwartz
He added that they had to work with CGI a lot — Kate will even have a squirrel on her head! Get ready for a lot of physical gags with Kate and Danny, I know I can’t wait to see them!
Ben isn’t a father himself, so is it weird at all to play a dad to a ten year old girl? He was a camp counselor and he thinks that made it easier on him.
“I want to have kids and I can’t wait to have kids. Also my sister has twins who are 7 now, and I’ve been around them quite a bit.” – Ben Schwartz
He adds that it helps that the parents of the actress who plays Flora (Matilda Lawler) are as nice and as supporting as human beings can be. It also helps that Matilda loves acting! She wants to be there and feels like this is calling. Ben says it is important that kid actors feel that way, and I have to agree.
We were able to get a quick glimpse at the chemistry with Matilda and Ben because they have a magic trick that they do. Basically someone tells Matilda a name of a celebrity that both her and Ben would know. Then she “telepathically” sends the name to Ben. She always says “Sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn’t, this time it…” and either is or isn’t. She also moves her fingers around and I know this has something to do with it but couldn’t get it.
They did this for us several times and we were all amazed at Ben getting the names correct very quickly. This was so fun to witness and I would be lying if I said I haven’t thought about it at least once a week since that day — and of course tried to figure out how they did it.
Easter Egg Reveals
Who doesn’t love Easter Eggs? I know that I do! So besides having the team from DuckTales together, there are more that Ben told us about.
When you see Bobby for the first time he is reading a DuckTales comic! (Ben says hopefully that stays in the cut!) And guess what the comic shop owner’s name is? Stanlee. Like Stan Lee — get it? I love that! Also, at the end of the movie at the comic shop, behind Alyson Hannigan is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book! I totally love that! Apparently there are many references to things in the comic book shop — so keep your eyes peeled!
He also mentioned that he loves Calvin and Hobbes, so Lena asked him what his keychain would be and so George has a “Hobbes-like” keychain. She tried to weave in personal interests of the actors throughout the movie, which I really love.
Want more Flora & Ulysses? Don’t worry! I will have more coverage as we get closer to its release on Disney+. But I can tell you this just from what I have seen, Flora & Ulysses is going to be a super fun movie the whole family will love!
About Flora & Ulysses
An imaginative and creative 10-year old cynic never could have predicted that her little squirrel would be born anew as a superhero and have the uncanny knack for helping her and the lovable but broken people in her life.