Jerry Seinfeld Buzzes About Spielberg, ‘Bee Movie’
First Published: May 18, 2007 6:49 PM EDT Credit: AP
CANNES, France -- Access Hollywoods Billy Bush hung out at the Cannes Film Festival this week with the one-and-only Jerry Seinfeld, who was attending the star-studded international event for the first time.
I like the Euro thing, said Jerry. I like that the scooter seems totally sane here. Seems totally reasonable. Eh, what do I need to get around? Get a scooter.
The culture shock of Southern France was almost too much for Seinfeld:
It’s tank tops, scooter, flip slops, scooter. You see someone in New York on a scooter, you go, Oh my God, did you see that guy on the scooter? He’s gonna die today.
But Jerry was definitely excited to be at Cannes. So much so, in fact, he actually performed an outrageous stunt where he swooped down eight stories over an awe-struck crowd?dressed in a bee suit!
I’m a thrill seeker, Jerry remarked. I’m an adrenaline junkie.
Adrenaline junkie he may be, but the stunt was done in promotion of Bee Movie, the upcoming DreamWorks animated feature starring (and written by) you guessed it Jerry Seinfeld.
The movie, about an unhappy bee who leaves the hive in search of a more fulfilling life, started out as a mere play on words.
I was in Nashville performing and I was eating a Twizzler, I remember it, explained Jerry. And I thought it would be funny to do a movie about bees and call it Bee Movie.
The idea really struck him, and he happened to mention it to DreamWorks co-founder Steven Spielberg over dinner. I got very excited, recalled Jerry. You know, a Jewish boy having dinner with Steven Spielberg. This is like being Bar Mitzvahd twice.
And Jerry’s enthusiasm paid off — Spielberg said theyd do the movie right there on the spot.
It took Seinfeld nearly three years to complete the project, which also features the voices of Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, Chris Rock and many others big stars. But for Jerry, the long and exhausting process was well worth it.
I really fell in love with it, the more they showed me about how animated movies are made — because I love technology and machines, he said. And I’m frankly tired of people. You know?
The flying bee stunt at Cannes was merely the first step in the Bee blitz, as NBC announced this week that Jerry will return to the network in the fall to create and star in 20 live-action comedy “mini-sodes” inspired by his behind-the scenes experiences making the film.
Bee Movie opens in theaters on November 2nd.
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