With Anton Yelchin‘s highly acclaimed performances in “Star Trek,” “Terminator Salvation” and “The Beaver” and the upcoming “Fright Night,” the Russian-born actor is quickly becoming a household name. Now, he lends voice to Clumsy in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s hybrid live-action and animated family comedy in 3D, “The Smurfs.”
If it wasn’t for bad luck, Smurf Clumsy wouldn’t have any luck at all – wherever he goes, calamity is sure to follow. With two left feet and an oversized hat and ears, Clumsy’s good intentions pave the road for trouble – and this time the road he chooses leads the Smurfs into a strange new place, New York City. But everyone has a hero inside of him, and when his other Smurfs need him, Clumsy will prove that you can be more than a name.
Yelchin’s performance as Clumsy is a little different than the Clumsy that die-hard Smurf fans might remember. “I was familiar with Clumsy from the TV series, where he had that Southern twang,” he says. “I went back and watched that, and then director Raja Gosnell and I talked about it. We decided to make Clumsy a little simpler, a little sweeter. His voice is pitched higher than my normal speaking voice – it’s full of joy, optimism, and enthusiasm for life. Clumsy isn’t trying to mess anything up for anybody – he’s just clumsy, and actually, he’s tired of being clumsy.”
“Clumsy is the heart and soul of the movie,” says Gosnell. “His journey is the most emotional. He’s kind of the put-upon younger brother – in a way, the cause of all their problems – trying to find his place in the big Smurf family. Anton has an incredibly youthful, soulful voice, perfect for our little Clumsy.”
Yelchin will be back on the big screen again later in September starring in the Disney/Dreamworks thriller “Fright Night.” Yelchin stars opposite Colin Farrell and Toni Collette. The film will be released in 3D.
Yelchin’s past projects include his role in the film “New York, I Love You,” “Terminator: Salvation,” which grossed $370 million worldwide; “Star Trek,” which grossed $383 million worldwide; “Alpha Dog,” “Hearts in Atlantis,” for which he received a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film-Leading Young Actor, and “Fierce People.” Yelchin also received the “Explosive Talent Award” at the 2002 Giffoni Film Festival in Italy.
Yelchin has appeared on some of television’s most critically acclaimed dramas. He starred opposite Hank Azaria on the critically acclaimed Showtime series “Huff” for two seasons. He also had guest-starring roles on “Criminal Minds” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
Yelchin currently resides in Los Angeles.
Opening across the Philippines in 3D and regular format, “The Smurfs” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.