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Interview with Kevin Clash Elmo Character
Hi its Belinda Luscombe, I’m an editor at large at Time magazine today we’re asking 10 questions of a man who is one of the most famous characters in the world and yet can walk in the street unrecognized at least until now when he’s the subject of a new documentary.
Kevin Clash it’s a pleasure and Elmo it’s an even bigger pleasure thanks for having us.
Kevin when people ask you to know what parties are on a plane? What it is you do? What what do you tell them?
I tell them, I’m a performer with Sesame Street. I perform direct produce sesame. Yeah and do they say oh, would I know any of your
work well. What’s funny is the flight the attendant asked me and she said oh what could you say something on the plane and I did as Elmo and all of the people on the aisle seats peaked out as I walked out. They said when you doctor me interview being Elmo is it out now how
much of Elmo is actually. ha ha ha and how much of it is some character that’s you, you know it’s you know all the characters that we create that we help create is a part of us so he’s just happened to be one of the personalities of me.
How long is it that you’ve been without line now?
Oh close to 30 years now.
Do you ever, honestly do you ever, you could cover his ears? Do you ever get sick of Elmo?
No you know I really have a good time it’s been a lot of fun over so many years because you’re performing you know. It’s a lot of fun and it’s in the scripts all different the music is all different so it’s been a great deal of fun.
Are you surprised at how enormous he has become?
Yeah, very surprised because you never know there’s no crystal ball so you hope that what you’re doing somebody will like and fortunately, fortunately, they do.
Are you at all weirded out by all that adult fans that Elmo has?
No, not at all, I mean, I’m really excited that a show a children’s program has such a large adult viewership without children I think that’s great because even I’m friends with a Marcela’s who used to come in and do the show. He said it’s the best variety show on TV. One day you can watch it as Arrested Development the next day is yo-yo ma you know performing with these characters and stuff. It’s something that you could sit down and really really enjoy.
Are some actors more adept at performing with the puppets than others?
The reason why we get so many celebrities in sports and you know across the board is because they either grew up watching the show they have their own children now and they want to show them that they’re on the show so there’s this connection for the show to be on that long and there’s this connection that they have and so a lot of times they know the show
Are you surprised that you have so many friends?
No, I was not surprised. Elmo loves friends and they let them.
Oh, what do you think it is about you that people really like?
Well, and what does it know I’m weak we just get along.
Have you had a favorite playdate?
Well Elmo hosts get on Lucas to see with Miss Bobbie Stacy, miss Barbara strike and that’s exciting and does Dorothy ever get jealous that
Do you have to get to do all these duets?
Well, she gets kind of concerned when Elmo leaves and goes away for a long time but almost at Twitter Elmo.
How do you react if people say mean things to you?
I’m what desi are you react yeah doesn’t bother you Elmo has no idea.
Well, I understand why! All right and have you Elmo ever hope to kill Elmo? Have you ever had a fight with any of your friends?
We never had a fight with haha. I’m almost kind of mad at Zoey once because Elmo comes to Zoey ripped almost blanket.
How did she do it on purpose imma was just upset and how did you resolve that Elmo said he was sorry and she helped I’m also her is blanket together again.
You know Elmo I think we could dispatch you to the Middle East maybe you could solve some problems there then where’s the Middle East.
Oh, Elmo thank you so much to Sesame Street very ok Elmo care, and thanks so much for doing it. thank you for having us yeah just everyone if everybody else your age is going something very different to what you’re doing there’s always gonna be someone saying that you might not succeed by not making money with that all of those things will go away if you really focus on what makes you happy.
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