I’ve shared behind the scenes details about Big Hero 6 Bonus Content and the Directors, Don Hall and Chris Williams. Up next is our Q&A with Ryan Potter (Hiro) and Daniel Henney (Tadashi) of Big Hero 6, available on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere TODAY!
Big Hero 6 Interviews
Q: Ryan, how excited were you to work on this film and did you geek out over all the science?
Ryan: Yeah, it wasn’t necessarily a love for robotics and science. It was more for just a love of creating…it’s very meditative for me to use my hands and to build things. Being able to voice Hiro because that’s literally who I was four years ago-I was that kid. I think I still am.
Q: Daniel, you’ve been in a Wolverine movie already, and now you’re in the Marvel Big Hero 6. Were you a big comic book fan as a kid?
Daniel: Yeah, not huge, but I was definitely into them. I was into Spiderman, Incredible Hulk, stuff like that. So I think back, after I finished Big Hero 6, I was like, oh yeah, I did Wolverine, too, so there is a connection there, but I didn’t think about it until afterwards.
Q: Daniel, even though your character is a small part of the film, you made a huge impact. So how is Tadashi different from your character- your real personality?
Daniel: I dress just like Tadashi. I always have. But to answer your question, he’s made me a better person. He really has. We get caught up in things and sometimes it’s hard to appreciate every moment, you know? It was a beautiful opportunity for me to go and play this guy who is such a role model at such a young age-so smart, beautiful, intelligent, caring, genuine, the ultimate big brother, and he’s very selfless. So every day lending your voice to that, I would walk out of that room feeling like I just sat through a therapy session. Like, I wanted to tackle the world.
Q: How did [playing an ethnic character] impact you in your thinking about doing the film?
Daniel: It was definitely on my mind when I first saw the scenario. It’s something I try to constantly think about when I choose roles. It’s very important. I grew up in Michigan and when I was growing up, you know, there was no one on TV that looked like me. So, it’s very satisfying to know that we can do projects like this now that can give children like yours that little moment, and say, oh, I can do that because, you know, they can do that.
Q: What’s next for you guys?
Daniel: I have a TV show I’m probably doing here in the states. I guess it’ll be coming out this fall. It’s another one of those things where, you know, it’s not necessarily a role that you see an Asian-American man casted for, and so I’m proud to bust those doors open a little further. So this will be a big one, and I’m looking forward to it.
Ryan: I applied for college, art school. Cal Art’s, it’s like the top. I want to study photography and film. I want to create and I want to bring the things in my head to life. I’ll be pursuing my craft.
Here’s a really cool clip from Big Hero 6:
Have you seen Big Hero 6 yet? What did you think of the movie?
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