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The Voice of Nemo

Aired June 12, 2003 - 10:49   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: The voice of the seemingly stressed-out dad back there at the scene might be familiar to you. That's Albert Brooks. But who delivers the voice of this wide-eyed little youngster there? That, ladies and gentlemen, is our next guest. I want to you meet right now Alexander Gould.
ALEXANDER GOULD, ACTOR: Hi.

HARRIS: He's a 9-year-old lad with the voice of the title role of the new animated hit, "Finding Nemo." Good to see you, Alexander. I got to say, I was watching you on the satellite a second ago. You like to be on camera, don't you?

GOULD: Yes.

HARRIS: You've been doing this for a long time?

GOULD: Yes, since I was 2.

HARRIS: Since you were 2?

GOULD: Yes.

HARRIS: So that makes you an old man, then right? You're 9 years old, and you've been doing it since you were two?

GOULD: Yes.

HARRIS: Do you want to do this forever?

GOULD: Um, yes, I think I do. It would be really fun.

HARRIS: Well, tell me something. Has it changed your life any at all, because what you did here was fantastic work, but we don't see you. We hear you; we don't get a chance to see you. Do people recognize you when you go places, like when you go to McDonald's and order now, do people recognize you?

GOULD: No, not really, no, they don't, because -- but I have been in, like, some TV shows where people have recognized me from, like, I've been in "Even Stephens." I've been in, let's see, what else have I been in? I've been in "Malcolm in the Middle." I've been in all sorts of stuff like that.

HARRIS: Oh, man, I can't believe I don't remember you from "Even Stephens." My kids watch that all of the time. Love that show.

So tell, what was this like, being part of this whole thing?

GOULD: That was just really weird to be in a Pixar movie, like I've seen all of them, and they've all been really fun and it was it was really to be in one. It was like so cool.

HARRIS: Were you in the same room with all the different actors?

GOULD: No, no. I actually, I did it separate. The first time I met anybody was when I -- ah, when I was at the press junket.

HARRIS: That's it? That was the first time you got a chance to see any of these people?

GOULD: Yes.

HARRIS: How can you act out a scene -- this has got to be a tough job for a kid.

GOULD: No actually, it's really not. It was really easy. You just have to read the lines and you just come in, and (UNINTELLIGIBLE), and they're there, they're loud and they're fast, and you just do it.

HARRIS: Yes? So what did you think about the way they drew you? it looks like they look at you before they drew this fish, to get your eyes and everything.

GOULD: Yes, they did.

HARRIS: Did you like that?

GOULD: I thought that was really cool.

HARRIS: What was that like? Did you have to sit there with an artist who sat there with a pen and paper?

GOULD: No, no. I guess they just like -- I don't know, put a camera on me, maybe, when they were filming. I'm not sure.

HARRIS: That's it?

GOULD: Yes.

HARRIS: All right, Well when you did get a chance to meet the other people in on the movie. And for folks who don't no, we're talking big names here, we're talking Ellen Degenres, William Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Elizabeth Perkins, Geoffrey Rush, Andrew Stanton. What did you think about that? Were you scared of them when you met them? Did you think they were cool, or what?

GOULD: I was a little bit nervous when I met them at first, but yes, but like, Ellen Degeneres was really fun, and nice. And yes, they were just really nice.

HARRIS: So now you're a big star, man. What are you going to do next? GOULD: I play the voice of Bambi in "Bambi 2."

HARRIS: The voice of Bambi. So you're going to stick with the voice work for a while then, huh?

GOULD: Right.

HARRIS: So does that mean you have to be careful? You have to protect your voice? You can't play basketball, because you don't want to get chopped in the throat? Or you can't scream too loud at the amusement park?

GOULD: No., not really.

HARRIS: Because we don't want your life to change too much. You're having fun right now, being 9, I can tell that.

GOULD: Right.

HARRIS: Good deal Andrew Gold -- Alexander Gould, thanks for coming in and, hey, good luck to you. When the Bambi thing gets done, will you come back and talk to us again?

GOULD: Sure.

HARRIS: All right, good luck to you, OK.

GOULD: Thank you.

HARRIS: All right. The voice of Nemo, folks. We've been honored by -- been touched by a star this morning.

Take care, Alexander.

GOULD: Thank you.

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