When he began working on the “scratch track”--the track in which voice actors stand in for roles before they are cast--for Home, Brian Stepanek didn’t know he’d be cast in not one, but several roles in the final cut of the animated film. When Home hits theaters Friday, March 27, 2015, audiences can hear Stepanek as the voice of the Gorg as well as his namesake character, Brian.
Home, an animated feature about a young woman trying to find her mother following an alien invasion in which humans are relocated, tells a much deeper story than the jokes told by the actors might lead audiences to believe. Stepanek had the opportunity to see the film with his family and explained that he hopes audiences will come to understand that home is not a place. “It’s a feeling,” he said. “It’s the people that you’re with. It’s about family.”
Though he did not have the opportunity to work directly with Jim Parsons or Steve Martin, Stepanek truly enjoyed the experience of working on Home. Working on animated features offers a lot of advantages.
“I can do animation naked,” Stepanek joked. “I get as many takes as I want and there’s not a lot of pressure. I just go in the booth and have fun. Tim Johnson, the director, is a blast to work with in the booth.”
Stepanek’s fun wasn’t limited to the characters he voiced. Because he was involved in the developmental phases of the film, Stepanek was able to work on creating the language of the Gorg and the fractured English used by the good aliens. “I improvised sounds for him (the Gorg). It was a blast. It was just me in the booth throwing around a bunch of gibberish.”
If you’re a fan of Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn, you’ll recognize Stepanek as the father on the show. Stepanek is also appearing in a short film, Simon Says, which is currently in the festival circuit.