Eugene Levy Voice of Dory’s Dad in Finding Dory

Eugene Levy Finding Dory
HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 08: Actor Eugene Levy attends The World Premiere of Disney-Pixar’s FINDING DORY on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney).

Eugene Levy is most recognized as a father in the hit comedy American Pie. However, he has appeared in over fifty motion pictures, seven of which having topped the one hundred million dollar mark. Eugene has done several animated features including Astro Boy, Over the Hedge and Night at the Museum. He is one of Hollywood’s most popular comedic character actors.

Eugene Levy Finding Dory
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Now Eugene plays a father in Finding Dory. It was so much fun to sit down with Eugene and discuss Finding Dory. Eugene said he got a call asking to be the voice of Charlie, Dory’s dad. He didn’t have to do much thinking to be a part of the sequel to Finding Nemo so it was an easy yes.

Charlie Finding Dory

Normally in voice over work you are actually working alone which Eugene said can be lonely. Diane Keaton (voice of Jenny) and him were able to work together via monitors for one session. He said they were in different cities but they hooked up cameras so they could see one another which rarely happens. Eugene said he was fascinated being able to watch Diane work behind the microphone.

Charlie Finding Dory

Eugene said Finding Dory is a great story. Everyone we interviewed loved working with director, Andrew Stanton, including Eugene who said he’s a genius. Andrew wrote the story and directed it but made the actors comfortable by keeping morale up with his contagious laughter.

He laughs at lot which makes you feel good and gives you the confidence to go on and give him more. – Eugene Levy on Director, Andrew Stanton.

Eugene has played a nice dad before just like his role in Finding Dory. Charlie, Eugene’s character, was written to be kind of a jokester dad which makes it more funny. There is also a lot of emotion behind his character because it’s a dad that has lost a child with a memory impairment. Any parent of a child with an impairment goes through things that normal parents don’t necessarily have to deal with on a daily basis.

The great thing about Finding Dory is that it’s light, funny and charming with a lot of emotions. Andrew did a great job at packaging it all in to one movie. You have all these emotions snowballing through the movie while you’re laughing, crying and feeling. It is really a great movie.

Eugene Levy Finding Dory
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Playing a supportive parent is kind of life affirming for Eugene. It was a slightly different story for him in American Pie where he makes a discovery with his son in the kitchen. As a parent you’re thinking it must be something I’ve done or not done as a parent.

With Dory you have to be very positive. Eugene’s character, Charlie, tries to be funny to lighten things so they aren’t quite as scary for Dory. You’re hoping the positive feedback might actually trigger something for Dory to remember.

Charlie Finding Dory

We asked Eugene what his favorite character was besides Charlie and he easily picked baby Dory. Her voice makes you so emotional. Eugene said he almost burst out crying the first time he heard her voice. He’d never heard anything so sweet in all his life. Baby Dory’s voice is actually the daughter of Producer Lindsey Collins.

Eugene also loves listening to the funny and interesting character Marlin and of course, Dory. He thought the whole cast was really great and strong. He was honored to be a part of it.

Eugene Levy Finding Dory
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At the Finding Dory world premiere was the first time Eugene had watched the movie. He was so impressed at the brilliance of the entire project and the beauty of the animation. He loves how the movie keeps going with more adventures and action at the end. The animation is so real the ocean actually looks real.

Finding Dory is a great movie that gives extra hope and support for parents who have children with disabilities. Parents have to have a lot of patience. If parents can pick up anything from this movie then that would be a wonderful thing.

Eugene Levy Finding Dory
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I am anxious to catch Eugene in his new tv series, Schitt’s Creek on the POP network. It sounds like a very funny series!

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  1. I am so happy that Eugene Levy has had such a long and amazing career! He is always so funny! My mom and I enjoy watching him together in the movie ‘Cheaper By The Dozen 2’. I was lucky enough to catch him in “SCTV” in reruns!

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