Scarlett Johansson on Working With Bono in ‘Sing 2’: ‘My 13-Year-Old Self Was in Disbelief’

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Scarlett Johansson’s 7-year-old daughter is excited to see her in “Sing 2,” just like the Oscar-nominated actor was when she was younger and watching her favorite animated Disney films.

“When I was a kid it was those Disney movies like ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and for her — this is sort of a fundamental memory making moment, with ‘Sing 2’ coming out,” Johannson told Variety at the “Sing 2” premiere at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

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“Sing 2” follows Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) and friends as they set out to pitch an original show to hotelier Jimmy Crystal (Bobby Cannavale), a white wolf with an enormous arena to fill and nothing to draw in the crowds. Their idea, which was meant as a joke, lands them huge performances from emo gorilla Johnny (Taron Egerton), porcupine pop star Ash (Johansson), porcine pair Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) and Gunter (Nick Kroll) — joined by U2 megastar Bono as a rocker they must lure from retirement for the big night.

Johannson spoke about working with Bono, saying, “When we were actually recording it I kept thinking to myself, ‘Is this really happening? Are they gonna get him?’ Even while he was already probably contracted and had recorded his part, I still wasn’t sure if it was really happening because it’s surreal,” she said. “My 13-year-old self was in disbelief.”

Fellow co-stars were also in disbelief, with Witherspoon explaining how she took the news of Bono: “I think I had to sit down when they told me because I’m such a huge fan.”

McConaughey praised the musician, saying, “We pulled a legend in the music and rock and roll world. It was a coup to get him.”

Bono explained that he was inspired to join the film because he wanted to work with writer-director Garth Jennings. “He has a very brilliant brain, a big brain,” Bono said. “But he stays kind of like a child. I think that is a key to his creativity.”

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