'Planes: Fire & Rescue' Star Dane Cook Stays Grounded with Busy Schedule

By Bentley, Rick | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), July 21, 2014 | Go to article overview

'Planes: Fire & Rescue' Star Dane Cook Stays Grounded with Busy Schedule


Bentley, Rick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - It's only noon, but it's already been a busy day for Dane Cook. After flying into Fresno, he drove the two hours to Yosemite National Park to do interviews for "Planes: Fire & Rescue" in the shadow of mountains and trees.

"This is my second trip to Yosemite," a muscular Mr. Cook says. "I came her eight years ago for a wedding, but it was at night. This is my first time being here in the day. I'm hoping to get to see more of the park this time."

Mr. Cook just wrapped work on a feature film where he plays an astronaut, which explains his ripped muscles. He jokes that he didn't think it was right that the character looked like he had been doing nothing but sitting around eating.

Looks didn't matter for "Planes," the latest animated effort from Disney. Mr. Cook reprises his role as the voice of crop duster- turned-racing plane, Dusty, for the summer sequel. This time, the little-plane-that-could has gone from burning up aerial shows to fighting forest fires.

Working on the sequel was a little more physical than the 2013 "Planes." In the original film, much of the movie was completed when Mr. Cook was brought in to add the voice. Because he was with the sequel from its takeoff, Mr. Cook was filmed while delivering his lines and those images were used by the animators.

"I felt like right from the get-go there was more of my essence in the character. The animators picked up on certain moves I do. It's an incredible process to see that happen," Mr. Cook says.

Those expressions are important because Dusty has gone through some major emotional and personal changes since Mr. Cook first voiced the character. This time, Dusty has more maturity as he makes a serious life change. Instead of it being about his own aspiration, the sequel has Dusty looking more at what he can do for the community.

"There's a lot of growth in the character. The humility he's learning was particularly appealing to me and where I found a lot of the change in inflections and the nuance of the voice," Mr. …

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