When the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer first hit, the reactions were pretty much universal. That look had to go, right? While fans were a little concerned when director Jeff Fowler said they’d be changing the Blue Blur’s look, mostly because it might mean some serious overtime for VFX artists, it all seemed gravy once the movie had its date pushed back to February 14, 2020. Jim Carrey—who plays bad egg Dr. Robotnik in the live-action adaptation—isn’t quite so keen on how this was all handled, though.
Carrey was asked about the response to the design during a panel for Showtime’s Kidding at the Television Critics Association press tour. He seems to share the same opinion some of the unrelated visual effects artists out there had at the time of the announcement, taking issue with the fact that negative fan response could have such a huge impact on a major studio film.
Here’s what Carrey had to say on the matter:
“I don’t know quite how I feel about the audience being in on the creation of it, while it’s happening. Sometimes you find that the collective consciousness decides it wants something and then when it gets it, it goes, ‘OK, I don’t want it’ … You become a Frankenstein’s monster at some point, right?”
Beyond his concerns about groupthink and how it shaped the post-production of Sonic the Hedgehog, Carry also said he isn’t “super concerned” about how it will all ultimately play out.
If he happens to be in character, though, he’s no doubt delighted at all the misery his arch-nemesis Sonic must be going through at this very moment.