If you think that Sergeant Calhoun in “Wreck-it Ralph” sounds an awful lot like Sue Sylvester from “Glee,” you would be spot-on. Both are played by Emmy Award winning actress Jane Lynch, who recalls her first voice session for the Walt Disney Animation film.
“I was a little nervous and I said, ‘Do you want me to try to do like a voice?’ They said, ‘No, no, no. What you do. You are here because of what you do.’ So I read it like I would read it and they said, “That’s exactly right.'”
“Wreck-it Ralph,” in theaters on Friday, Nov. 2, is a movie set in the world of arcade games. After 30 years, Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being the bad guy in his game. Not only during work hours, but in the afterhours when the arcade is closed and the other characters get together for parties or dinners, Ralph is never included in the social events.
He gets it into his head if he wins a medal, his life will change and the other characters in his game, especially hero Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer, “30 Rock”) will give him some respect. So, he jumps into Hero’s Duty, where he meets the tough Sergeant Calhoun, whose job it is to protect her world from Cybugs, in his quest to win a medal.
“Calhoun is [kickass] but she has her back story,” Lynch says. “I like that they gave her the back story that her heart has been broken. The Cybugs killed her husband-to-be right on the altar, and she feels responsible for that because she didn’t check the perimeters.”
Then Ralph inadvertently exits Hero’s Duty and plops into the candy-coated, cart-racing game Sugar Rush, where he comes up against Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), an outcast who is considered to be nothing more than a glitch by her fellow Sugar Rushers — and the action really begins as the two outcasts develop a friendship.
Fix-It Felix and Calhoun follow Ralph into Sugar Rush — each for their own reasons — but they all join forces when a deadly enemy is unleashed. Ralph finally has a chance to be a real hero, but will he be able to deliver the goods?
Despite having read the script, Lynch says she was surprised when she actually saw it completed. “I knew the trajectory of the film. That’s why I was caught off guard and so moved by the ending of Vanellope and Ralph’s story, which was so touching to me. It’s nice to be surprised.”
The voice cast for “Wreck-it Ralph,” directed by Rich Moore from a script by Phil Johnson, also includes Alan Tudyk as King Candy, Mindy Kaling as Taffyta Muttonfudge, Joe Lo Truglio as Markowski, Ed O’Neill as arcade owner Mr. Litwak, Dennis Haysbert as General Hologram, Adam Carolla as Wynnchel, Rachael Harris as Deanna, Edie McClurg as Mary, Horatio Sanz as Duncan and Stefanie Scott as Moppet Girl.
Theatergoers can be surprised like Lynch when “Wreck-it Ralph” opens in theaters on Friday, November 2.