Robert Guillaume Interview

I interviewed Robert Guillaume about his role in The Lion King for Front Row Reviews.

In anticipation of the re release of Disney’s classic animation The Lion King I was immensely privileged to have the opportunity to interview Robert Guillaume, who voiced the iconic character of Rafiki, for Front Row Reviews. In this two-part interview, (the second of which will go up before the DVD release), Guillaume happily discusses the enduring appeal of The Lion King, gives his thoughts behind the 3D conversion and even, much to this writers delight, breaks into song. The Lion King is out this Friday (October 7th) in 3D in cinemas around the country, before a Blu-Ray release in November.

Front Row Reviews: So you’ve seen the 3D re-release, what do you think of the 3D process?

Robert Guillaume:
I loved it! I had such a great time watching it. I think I had a better time seeing it this way than seeing it as it normally would have been seen, earlier. I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve said before that I think the best way to see this film is with a young person, with … just a kid. If you see it with them, they are not so guarded in their reactions with things that please them, or frighten them and you’ll get a deep reaction to the story, it resonates with them in a way I’ve never seen before. I went with a young person and I think we had told this kid that I had played the voice of Rafiki. But when Rafiki came on, and he began to witness the story, he had a ball. He just cracked up, and not in any guarded fashion – just totally immersed in the story.

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