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A Chat with Dwight Howard

TFK gets the scoop on the NBA star's guest role on the hit cartoon series Kick Buttowski—Suburban Daredevil

April 29, 2011
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Kick (left) and Rock Callahan, voiced by NBA star Dwight Howard, in a scene from Disney XD's Kick Buttowski—Suburban Daredevil.

 

 



Orlando Magic star Dwight "Superman" Howard is getting animated (literally!) for the Season 2 premiere of Disney XD's animated series Kick Buttowski—Suburban Daredevil. The popular cartoon follows Kick Buttowski, an elementary school kid who aspires to be the greatest daredevil the world has seen. On April 30, Howard guest stars as the voice of Kick's idol, mega movie star Rock Callahan. Watch a scene from the premiere above.

In the episode, "Mow Money," Kick and his sidekick Gunther compete against each other in a grass-cutting competition. The winner gets to buy the last remaining ticket to see Rock live onstage. TFK Kid Reporter Rachel Smith spoke with Howard about his cool new role, and if he sees more voice work in his future.

TFK:

Is Rock Callahan similar to you in any way?

DWIGHT HOWARD:

Yes. Rock is Kick's role model; Kick looks up to Rock, because he can do everything; act, sing and fly. That is very similar to me. I've been blessed with a lot of different talents, and I try to use those talents like Rock does. However Rock's biggest talent is being a role model for a lot of kids and I do that also.

TFK:

Is it bizarre to hear your voice on Rock Callahan's cartoon body?


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Kick (left) and Rock Callahan, voiced by NBA star Dwight Howard, in a scene from Disney XD's Kick Buttowski—Suburban Daredevil.

HOWARD:

It is. After watching the episodes and going over all the lines I've done in the past it's just like wow this is really me doing this while the cartoon something that I've only dreamed about, it's pretty cool.

TFK:

When you were a kid similar to Kick did you also want to be a daredevil?

HOWARD:

I did! I would be at home and jump off a dresser pretending it was a big building or something. I would also be swinging off tress in the back yard while wearing a cape. I thought I was a real superhero. I can also see myself in Kick, because I was a lot like him when I was his age.

TFK:

Would you like to do more voice over work in the future?

HOWARD:

I would love to do voice over work in the future. Acting is another thing I would like to do. I don't want to be known as just the basketball player. By doing other things in life, I can show kids that we are all blessed with a lot of talents.

TFK:

How much input did you have in the creation of Rock Callahan?

HOWARD:

When I first saw an image of Rock, he was kind of skinny. Then they made him look like me. For the most part, he doesn't really look like a basketball player, but he looks like the type of guy who can do a lot of things.

TFK:

What were your favorite cartoons growing up?

HOWARD:

Under Dog! Tom & Jerry, also, but sometimes I couldn't figure it out, because they were just running around!


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