20 June 2024
From Luck

Interview: Luck’s Flula Borg would have been “too nervous” to meet Jane Fonda

Skydance Animation leaps headfirst into its first full-length feature this week with Luck, released on Apple TV+. A colourful fantasy delving into the mystery of where luck – good and bad – comes from, it comes with a strong pedigree, including an impressive voice cast.

Teenager Sam (voiced by Eva Noblezada) is, to use her own words, “the unluckiest person in the world”. She’s grown up in the care system and, when she tries to find some extra good luck for a younger foster child, she stumbles upon a lucky penny and everything changes for the better. But when she loses it again and goes on a frantic hunt, helped by a black cat called Bob (the voice of Simon Pegg), she arrives in the Land Of Luck, where a team of leprechauns and a lovesick unicorn called Jeff (voiced by Flula Borg), all under the leadership of a glamorous dragon (voiced by Jane Fonda), manipulate the fortunes of the human race.

In the interview below, Flula Borg, who provides the distinctive voice of Jeff the unicorn, talks about feeling incredibly lucky to be in the film and his own lucky break that kick-started his career as an actor and a comedian. He also describes his approach to doing comedy voice over by himself in the studio – best summarised by his own phrase “when you overthink, you start to stink!” – and how he imagined what it would have been like to record his scenes with Jane Fonda, who plays the object of his affections. “We were thousands of kilometres away, so we’ve never met in person,” he says. But he suspects meeting the Oscar winner would have been an overwhelming experience. “I would have been too nervous. I don’t know if I could have kept it together.”

Luck is released on Apple TV+ on Friday, 5th August. (13th August Edinburgh Film Festival) | Read our review of the film.

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