Pharrell Williams on Despicable Me 2: It’s not a child’s movie, it’s a human movie

Pharrell Williams is the lucky, lucky guy that not only got to work on the music for the hilarious and much-adored Despicable Me, but also the newly-released sequel, Despicable Me 2! We caught up with the world-famous producer to chat to him about all things music, Minion, Michael Jackson and more…

'Despicable Me 2' Premiere - Los Angeles

Can you imitate Mr Gru?
It has been a while so I won’t embarrass myself, but ‘uurrrr’ a little bit. I’m decent at it!

After producing the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, would you like to act in any movies yourself?
I’m just having such a ball with music, you know? I think you know that and the design projects I have, I dunno. I am happy, I am thankful for where I am. I don’t think that it is possible to juggle one more thing.

If you were to star in a movie who would be your leading lady?
Probably Charlize (Theron).

What do you think has been up there recently with a really strong score or soundtrack?
I have to say that I am still blown away with Hans Zimmer’s Dark Knight score, it was amazing. He took such a radical approach, it was more about the sounds and the composition than it was just using conventional methods. I just thought it was awesome and I learned so much from him.

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Hans Zimmer Re-Invents New Instruments

For Man of Steel, composer Hans Zimmer gathered eight pedal steel guitars — those traditionally country music, twangy tabletop instruments — to form an unorthodox string ensemble, creating an entirely new sound. He was inspired by the image of telephone wires stretching across the prairie, and what the Kansas wind of Clark Kent’s childhood home might sound like running along them. The effect is a sustained, shimmery texture, which Zimmer uses in the film’s moments of reflection.


Zimmer is the German-born Kaiser of Film Music, composer of the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Gladiator and almost every trendsetting score written in the last 30 years. For director Zack Snyder’s new take on the Superman story, Zimmer moved his imagination from Gotham to Krypton, Smallville and Metropolis — and once again set out to paint a new musical landscape.

One of my personal favorite scores that Hans did back in the day was for the Movie: The Thin Red Line – Journey to the Line