Bill Hader, a regular on TV’s “Saturday Night Live” who recently had a memorable turn as General Custer in “Night at the Museum II: Battle of the Smithsonian,” plays Flint Lockwood who has dreamed of inventing something that would make a difference in people’s lives since childhood. Unfortunately, all of his absurd inventions (including spray-on shoes, hair unbalder, and monkey thought translator) have ended in trouble for him, his parents, and his hometown of Swallow Falls. But this ceaseless optimist has never given up on his lifelong goal and now, his latest invention – a machine that turns water into food – changes the lives of everyone in his small town for the better. Naturally, Flint is ecstatic, but there’s still a nagging suspicion that something, as always, will go wrong.
Hader understood what made the character tick. “Like everybody, Flint just wants to be liked,” says the actor. “He’s a bit socially awkward, so he thinks he needs to do something big – invent something that will make everybody happy. He thinks that he has to prove himself, but what he doesn’t realize is that people like him just for who he is.”
Anna Faris (“The House Bunny”) plays Sam Sparks, a cute, young, enthusiastic intern at the Weather News Network who dreams of becoming a professional TV weather reporter. She gets her big break when she witnesses – and exclusively reports on – one of the greatest weather stories of all time: a cheeseburger rain!
When she was a kid, Sam was passionate about science and very smart, and she got teased for it. So she covered it up. She’s very beautiful, so it was easy for her to do – to push it down and pretend to be ditzy, so the mocking would stop. The problem is, Sam can’t hide her excitement about weather, which comes out in energized bursts. Through Flint, Sam learns to embrace her true self.
“She’s afraid to be who she really is,” says Faris. “But she’s passionate about weather and science, and when she meets Flint, her job becomes her dream job. She’s suddenly in heaven, and that brings her out of her shell.”
Neil Patrick Harris (TV’s “How I Met Your Mother”) provides the voice of Steve, Flint’s pet monkey, and best (and only) friend and most trusted (and only) colleague. Flint, convinced that mankind would be improved if humans could understand the deep, wise thoughts of animals, invented the Monkey Thought Translator. Unfortunately, just about the only thought that goes through Steve’s tiny monkey-brain is “Hungry! Hungry! Hungry! Hungry!”
“Steve says the same eight things over and over!” Harris deadpans. “I’m a method actor so I wanted to know, how does a mentally deficient monkey say, ‘hungry?’ Dumb? Straight? Empty? Loud? Nobody had any real answers to my questions.”
Opening soon across the Philippines, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International