Bonnie Hunt is Sally
Bonnie Hunt has become a Pixar fixture. Her three movie run is second only to John Ratzenberger who has been in all of them. In Cars, she plays Sally, the local Porsche who teaches hotshot Lightning McQueen small town values.
Bonnie Hunt on Pixar's Cars
“I’ll tell you when I first met Pixar, I felt I met this creative oasis in the middle of a business that I dreamed of being in as a little girl and just wanted to be a storyteller my whole life,” Hunt said. “I’m sure for you guys it’s the same thing. You have this dream of where you want to go and then you get into that world where your job takes place and there is not a lot of cooperation at the top for your intelligence. You’ve got to kind of figure your way through. And once in awhile you meet somebody who gets it. When I first worked at Pixar over tens years ago, there is just a lot of talent there and a respect of talent. And it’s all about story and character and the process and nurturing it. And besides, these people are obviously tenacious and passionate and responsible. They are great storytellers. So, I do these movies because I love working with them.”
Porsches are sexy cars and Sally is the love interest of the film, but family friendly Hunt thought more about the character than the vehicle. “I don’t know if John [Lasseter] always intended to have a Porsche, I’m sure they had a lot of ideas in mind. He was definitely a car geek growing up and he’s still fascinated with cars. That’s just who John is. I bet a lot of it had to do with his dream type of cars and who he could get clearance from, and who would be okay with it and who would collaborate and all that stuff. And how authentic he could be, which is always a big thing for him as well.”
As a woman, Sally is universal. “Maybe what we all identify with, when you get to be 40 I think there is a point where you go, ‘Y’know, I’ve been running for a long time and what’s it all about?’ We all sort of go through that and I’ve definitely been going through that in my own life, so I could really relate to it with Sally. And there is a part of it that we can kind of accept the idea behind stopping to smell the roses and slowing down, but it’s always feels like a risk to actually do it.”
In real life, Hunt has an interest in the classics. “I drive a ’61 Buick Skylark convertible. I love my car. The car is kind of an extension of us in American. I mean, that’s how the advertising provokes us. In Los Angeles, you think more probably? I don't know, in the old neighborhood, your car is sometimes better than your house. That’s where you put your money and your kind of apparent prestige, when we were younger certainly.”
Cars will be released to theatres on June 9th.
For the trailers, posters, promotional images, movie stills, Super Bowl spot, synopsis and additional movie info, go to the Cars Movie Page.
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