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  • Pixar's latest film Coco premiered to rave reviews.

  • In fact, it's become the highest grossing film in Mexico's box office history.

  • I had the delightful opportunity to meet

  • the star behind the main character in the film,

  • American actor, Anthony Gonzalez.

  • I was feeling weird asking this question,

  • 'cause I've seen the movie,

  • I could give you the answer,

  • but what is Coco all about?

  • Ok, so, Coco is about a boy name Miguel,

  • who just loves music, and he's 12 years old.

  • He's family doesn't approve of him playing music.

  • The music competition for Dia De Muertos.

  • You want to be like your hero?

  • You should sign up.

  • Uh-uh, my family would freak.

  • Look, if you're too scared, then well, have fun making shoes.

  • That's what Miguel struggles with.

  • He really loves music, and he wants to do it as a career.

  • Just like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz.

  • What did de la Cruz always say?

  • Seize your moment?

  • Show me what you got, muchacho.

  • I'll be your first audience.

  • Miguel!

  • Anthony Gonzalez is an incredible kid.

  • He was one of hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of boys

  • that we auditioned all over the United States and Mexico.

  • It was tough to find our Miguel,

  • but one day, thankfully, Anthony walked into our lives,

  • and he's just brilliant.

  • He's become so close.

  • We love his family.

  • He's an amazing kid.

  • He can act,

  • he can sing.

  • He gives great hugs, and I'm just grateful to have him in my life,

  • and grateful to have him be a part of this movie.

  • Because he's in practically every scene in the film,

  • and if we haven't found Anthony, I don't know what we would have.

  • Initially, you were involved, but you weren't casted.

  • So how did that all work?

  • So I auditioned for Coco when I was nine years old.

  • And it was a very long process.

  • So I actually got to go to Pixar in Oakland when I was ten.

  • I started doing scratch voices for Miguel,

  • which is like they put my voice in the character to see how it looks like.

  • And I did that for quite a while, like a bit over a year.

  • I went again to do some scratch voices when I was eleven,

  • and it was around Christmas.

  • And they actually told me that they had a Christmas present for me after I finish doing the scratch voices.

  • So, I was just so excited.

  • Oh my god!

  • Oh my god!

  • Thank you!

  • You've done such an awesome job, and everybody loves you.

  • These are all the people that are gonna be making the movie with Anthony in it.

  • (Cheering)

  • I couldn't believe it,

  • because I knew that from here and now that my life would change,

  • and I would be part of a Disney Pixar movie.

  • I grew up with these movies.

  • I gotta ask, Mexico is one of my favorite place to visit.

  • I love the culture of Mexico.

  • It's gotta be so rewarding and awesome to celebrate this place in a big Disney film.

  • Yes, and especially how its shows this wonderful celebration, the day of the dead,

  • which is where you spend time and remember your ancestors and connect with them again.

  • For me, to be part of this amazing movie has been an honor

  • and also so special for me because my grandfather passed away when I was six.

  • And when I celebrate the day of the dead,

  • I can be with him and I can really feel him and connect with him.

  • That's what I love most about the celebration.

  • It's a joyful celebration.

  • And I love how it shows that in Coco.

  • Yeah, I really enjoyed it, too.

  • Such a pleasure time.

  • Good to meet you.

  • Thank you.

  • Thanks.

Pixar's latest film Coco premiered to rave reviews.

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    Jerry posted on 2017/12/15
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