Steve Carell Reveals How He Created Voice Of ‘Despicable Me’ Anti-Hero ‘Gru’

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Comedy legend Steve Carell  has explained how he came up with iconic voice of Despicable Me villain turned anti-hero Gru.

On The Graham Norton Show Carell revealed the process he undergoes to become Gru which involves; a several day sojourn to some of America’s most secure prison facilities, meditation and a James Bond Marathon.

Just kidding he just uses the voices which make his kids laugh, Daniel Day Lewis would be proud.

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The actor explained: 

My children are responsible for Felonious Gru’s voice. I tried about a few on my kids and that was the one that made them laugh. I just listen to the voices in my head!

Carell was joined by Despicable Me 3 co-star Kristen Wiig who praised the filmmakers saying they were ‘unbelievably good’ adding that she felt very lucky to be part of the Despicable Me world.


Despicable Me 3 will see Gru reunited with his long lost brother Dru (Also played by Carell) who attempts to coax our beloved former-villain back to the family legacy, namely the bad guy business.

Gru and the minions returns to cinemas in the U.S. and UK cinemas on Friday, June 30.

Tom Percival

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.