By Lully Guhl | June 26, 2012
KMK reveals the secret to his Hollywood success: Being cheeky!
ROBBIE COLTRANE and Kevin McKidd are swapping their best Sir Sean Connery impressions.
Robbie — who thinks he has the advantage after playing conman Valentin Zukovsky in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough — asks: “How’s your Connery?”
Kevin, 38, quips: “Better than yours, anyway.”
The pair are in good spirits as they hold court at Edinburgh’s plush Balmoral Hotel for Brave’s global press junket.
Crack-er … Robbie plays Lord Dingwall, who bares bum in film
And Robbie — who’s got a reputation for being prickly during interviews — is in fine form when talk turns to his 007 hero.
The 62-year-old says: “I’ve never worked with him but I know him because we keep meeting at charity events.
“He always asks, ‘How are you doing big chap?’ When I was younger, I used to think, ‘F*** me, he’s Sean Connery’.”
It’s now half a century since Sir Sean’s first appearance as James Bond in Dr No.
And Robbie adds: “Bond is still going strong and it’s such an extraordinary thing.
“I remember going to see Dr No with my dad, and my parents debating whether it was suitable for me.
“They were concerned there would be too much sex in it.” But parents definitely don’t need to worry about bonks in Brave — it’s a bonafide kids’ movie.
Elgin-born Kevin has TWO parts, playing father-and-son duo Lord and Young MacGuffin, the latter in his own Scots DORIC dialect.
Harry Potter star Robbie voices Lord Dingwall — a tubby kilt-wearer who doesn’t waste any time flashing his rear on screen.
The Hagrid actor is quick to confess he’s a true Scotsman whenever he wears our national dress.
He says: “I wore a kilt every Sunday at school. It’s not cold.
“It keeps your testicles at the exact temperature for reproducing. Trousers and underpants keep them far too warm.”
The banter continues when Robbie — who once voiced The Gruffalo in a telly film based on Julia Donaldson’s hit book — reveals his love of animated roles.
He says: “It’s quite liberating in a way really, you can sit there scratching your a***.”
The duo are delighted with how Brave has turned out and reckon it captures Scotland perfectly.
Grey’s Anatomy hunk Kevin — who also starred in TV’s swords-and-sandals epic Rome — is particularly impressed with its monsterPUNCH-UP SCENE.
The kingdom’s three lords start a mass brawl in King Fergus’s castle when Princess Merida refuses to follow ancient custom and wed one of their sons.
And the scrap resembles the one started by psycho Francis Begbie (Robert Carlyle) in Trainspotting, which also starred Kevin.
He jokes: “You can’t have a film about Scotland without a fight scene!”
Robbie reckons the scenes are true to life, adding: “That’s what life was like in those days — it was very, very rough.
“The Pixar guys came out here for months and sampled every castle in Scotland. I’ve got no fears from that point of view.
“I don’t think there was anything patronising… or there would’ve been words from us.
“They allowed us to throw in Scots slang too, which was great.
“There’s a ‘stooshie’ and a few ‘help ma boabs’.”
Work commitments meant the movie’s superstar cast didn’t get to do their voice parts together in the studio.
And Kevin is gutted he missed the chance to rub shoulders with comedy legend Billy Connolly two decades after The Big Yin lampooned him during a live show.
The dad of two says: “I remember 15 or 20 years ago, he did a tour of little village halls in Scotland. I was this sort of theatre rat who got to do his follow spotlight in Elgin Town Hall.
“I couldn’t keep the follow spot still because I was laughing so hard, and he started making jokes about me.
“He was saying, ‘You up there, stay still with the follow spot!’ He’s the God, the grand-daddy of Scottish comedy.”
Brave is currently top of the US box-office charts following its Stateside release last week.
And Scotland’s biggest showbiz names are hot property in Hollywood right now.
So what’s the secret?
Kevin says: “We’re cheeky.”
And Robbie jokes: “We’re incredibly talented — and cheap!”
(Source|The Scottish Sun)
It’s great getting to see a more comedic side to Kevin after all the drama his Grey’s character was put through this year.