Ben Platt Dishes on Benji, Improv & More in 'Pitch Perfect 2'

Ben Platt Dishes on Benji, Improv & More in 'Pitch Perfect 2'

Actor Ben Platt, who is definitely one of JJJ‘s faves, is spilling secrets about Pitch Perfect 2.

Okay, so not a ton of secrets, but enough to hold us over until the release date of May 15th, 2015. Check out what he shared:

On Benji: “At first, it was very much a cookie-cutter, nerd character. It literally said: McLovin type. [Pitch Perfect director] Jason [Moore] said, ‘I really want to make sure this character isn’t just like a forgettable nerd character like in every other teen movie and I want him to be an interesting specific guy.’ We decided the magic thing was an interesting, specific narrative we could latch onto and made that more his focus so he wasn’t just a nerd with all these interests.”

On Benji in PP2: “It was tough. I had to learn to put the bird in a little tube and the bird’s in my cape. In the second film, there’s more animals. Benji, in a way, is one of the hearts of the first one because he’s someone that you’re rooting for and finally, he has this moment in the end – it’s a very nice payoff for the character.”

On making PP2 different from the original: “Nothing will ever be like Pitch Perfect because it was such a surprise and came out of nowhere. We didn’t know it was going to be a big deal. We just thought it was this little, fun thing we were doing and gave it our best in this little, indie, cult-y comedy. There will never be another moment like that, but I think we’ve done a really good job in the sequel. We didn’t change anything that’s not broken.”

On Elizabeth Banks directing: “Elizabeth Banks is very cool about making sure we all get to throw our own material in and improv. She knows when moments are good for bits and when to let things keep rolling.”

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