Carell: Despicable Me films happy
Steve Carell has revealed that he decided to reprise his Despicable Me role because the films are "sweet."
The US actor, who returns as former super-villain Gru in the sequel, admitted his two children with actress wife Nancy - 12-year-old Annie and Johnny, nine, - aren't the only reason why he signed on.
"It's definitely something that they enjoy. But more than that, it's something I felt was important because it's a kind movie," he said.
"I think it's sweet, it's really funny and makes people happy. [The movies] are smart, funny and heartfelt without being overly sentimental. They hug the heart strings just enough."
In Despicable Me 2, Gru has turned his back on causing crime and focusing his attentions on being a devoted dad to the three orphans.
"It's just a fun character to play. Here's a guy who in the first movie was just evil and a genius at all things nefarious, and these three little girls come into his life and it changes him. It taps into something he never knew existed," the actor continued.
While Steve may be the star of the movie, it is the cute Minions - voiced by directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud - who steal the spotlight.
"There's no competing. I saw the first movie with my kids, and what did they love the most? Not Dad, or what Dad had done, it was the Minions," recalled the actor.
"I honestly can't deny that they are, by far, the star of this movie. They are the Marx brothers. They're funny, ridiculous and physical and violent in a fun, benign way, but also incredibly loveable."
Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove and Ken Jeong also star in Despicable Me 2, opening in cinemas on June 28.