To celebrate the anticipated release of Minions: The Rise of Gru, which opens in cinemas this weekend, we had the distinct pleasure of chatting to star Steve Carell about the fifth entry into the wildly successful animated franchise.

Long before he becomes the master of evil, Gru (Oscar® nominee Steve Carell) is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. It’s not going particularly well. When Gru crosses paths with the Minions, including Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto—a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please—this unexpected family joins forces. Together, they build their first lair, design their first weapons, and strive to execute their first missions, including a run-in with the supervillain supergroup, the Vicious 6.

Speaking to Carell, we chat about the wild success of the franchise and if he saw the Minions conquering the globe when he first was pitched the idea (spoiler: he did not), taking on a career highlight by voicing an 11-year-old Gruy and getting into the mindset, why he snuck in to see The Exorcist too young and getting his favourite all-time song into Minions 3. And much, much more.

You can watch the full interview below:

Minions: The Rise of Gru opens in cinemas on July 1st.