Sonic the Hedgehog star Jim Carrey weighed in on the decision to redesign the titular character after the negative feedback from fans.
The fan outcry concerning the Sonic design following the release of the official trailer prompted Paramount to confirm the look would be retooled, a decision that resulted in the video game character’s first live-action film being delayed to grant animators enough time to complete their work. While some welcomed the decision to alter the Sonic design, others were concerned about what sort of precedent might be set by delaying and modifying a film in response to negative feedback before its released.
During the Television Critics Association press tour, Jim Carrey, who portrays Dr. Robotnik in the film, discussed why he is unsure if the decision to redesign Sonic based on fan reactions will work out:
“I don’t know quite how I feel about the audience being in on the creation of it, while it’s happening. […] We’ll have to see what that entails. Sometimes you find that the collective consciousness decides it wants something and then when it gets it, it goes, ‘OK, I don’t want it.”
Jim Carrey added that while he isn’t certain audiences should have so much input while a film is in production, he is also not overly concerned about it:
“You become a Frankenstein’s monster at some point right? I don’t really concern myself with things once I did my thing. I’m not super concerned about it. It’s gonna happen how it happens. It’s either going to be a good thing or a bad thing.”
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Here is the official synopsis for Sonic the Hedgehog:
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG is a live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster video game franchise from Sega that centres on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog. The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound – human – best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination.
Directed by Jeff Fowler from a script written by Patrick Casey, Josh Miller, and Oren Uziel, Sonic the Hedgehog features the voice talent of Ben Schwartz as the titular character and stars James Marsden as sheriff Tom Wachowski, Jim Carrey as Dr. Ivo Robotnik, Neal McDonough as US Army Major Bennington, Tika Sumpter as Mrs. Wachowski, Lee Majdoub as Stone, and Frank C. Turner as Crazy Carl. Adam Pally, Natasha Rothwell, Debs Howard, and Elfina Luk also star in undisclosed roles.
Sonic the Hedgehog opens in theaters on February 14, 2020.
Source: The Wrap