LOS ANGELES: Everyone’s favorite kooky family is back in time for Halloween season as “The Addams Family 2” sends the spooky outfit on a cross-country vacation.
Discussing her role in the animated fantasy, Hollywood star Charlize Theron said that she wanted to have a movie she could share with her own children, so joined the franchise as the family’s delightfully eccentric mother, Morticia.
“Nothing fazes her,” Theron said about her character. “She’s just unaffected by things and, of course, you know when she talks about the macabre, it’s done in such a dry manner that there is something very funny about it.”
The movie is a follow-up to the “Addams Family” animated film that came out two years ago. With the exception of “Stranger Things” actor Finn Wolfhard, the cast of the 2019 film reprise their roles, continuing the franchise’s return to the world of animation.
In interviews, Theron revealed that she recorded her lines at home, with her children taking over as director.
“It is very strange to build a performance that’s just on cadence and voice without truly understanding, ‘where is she sitting in the scene? Is she walking in the scene? Is she touching her hair? Is she doing something?’ Not knowing any of that stuff, which I think is sometimes the detail that you need to kind of marginalize the bigness of it, the over-the-top part of it.”
She added: “The first one for me was kind of like, ‘I don’t know what to expect. Am I doing too much? Am I doing too little?’”
The film has received generally negative reviews from critics. But with 72 percent audience approval on Rotten Tomatoes, it seems to be a favorite with families as they start a month of celebration leading up to Halloween.
“My kids absolutely love Halloween and I think that’s changed Halloween for me. I was never really like a big Halloween person,” Theron said. “I didn’t grow up with Halloween in South Africa and it wasn’t until I had children that it became really fun.”
“Addams Family 2” is showing in theaters in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.