Mitchel Musso's funny new movie, CHARACTERz comes out today, and we have a feeling you're going to absolutely love him in this role. The film is all about a group that works as costumed character mascots at an amusement park, and the wild and dysfunctional adventures they get up to. TWIST caught up with the actor about his new project, and he dished on filming the project, working with his family, and yes, wearing that giant kangaroo suit!
"The cool thing [was] that I got to shoot it with my little brother. It was awesome being able to work with him because I haven’t worked with Marc [since] we did Secondhand Lions together, [and] he worked with me on Monster House. I think that that was the last time," Mitchel explains. "Also, I have a good friend, Miles [D], who I’ve known for a very long time who was also a part of the film."
"I had a lot of reign with who was the cast of characters and really a lot of direction with my character, as well as Jon Binkowski, who is the director, trying to go back and forth with him on how to make this as funny and entertaining as possible for you guys, for the fans," Mitchel adds about the creative process. "I think that that’s what was so cool about this film. The last two films that I shot, one was a horror film, which was great, it was called The Sand. So, one was a very dramatic film, and that was called Sins of Our Youth. So to go from those two movies to just, like, improvised comedy where we’re at theme parks the whole time with my little brother and friend and this awesome cast and this awesome crew."
"Everybody, when they think of me, they think of Oliver Oken from Hannah Montana or they think of Brady from Pair of Kings. You know, they think, you know, your best friend that’s the boy who’s kind of kooky and quirky, and that’s really how I was brought up for so many years," Mitchel shares. "So it’s nice to go back and kind of touch on those roots and joke around and have fun."
So about that costume, then.
"Oh, my God! That thing was like a thousand degrees!" Mitchel laughs. "You know, [we filmed in] Florida. It’s already boiling hot, it’s humid, it’s summer, I’m in this 50-pound kangaroo suit. I am just like dying, you know. So that alone is probably pretty funny. It was hot, it was tough to walk around in, it’s got a giant tail, the feet are huge, you’re tripping over yourself, you’re trying to run and you’re trying to work with this costume and it’s a lot. But I’m sure it’s hilarious. To me, it’s funny, so I’m sure it’s hilarious. It’s just ridiculous."
TWIST is also happy to exclusively premiere a first look at a scene from the movie, so you can see what his kangaroo costume is all about!
Check out the video below to see an exclusive first look at the film. Then, let us know your thoughts in the comments section, and make sure to check out the full feature on iTunes, VUDU, AT&T U-Verse and other On-Demand now.