“Somebody was just asking me, ‘Do you ever say Ka-chow!?’” laughs Owen Wilson of his
cathphrase. “I say that. It’s because parents will say, ‘This is Lightening McQueen,’ and the kid just stands there. And so then I’ll go, ‘Ka-Chow!’”
Wilson may be best known for his cheeky grown-up comedies, but to a legion of young fans, he is the voice of their favourite race-car, Lightning McQueen.
After McQueen learned the meaning of true friendship (aaah) and the value of not always coming first (sniffle) in the first
, the sequel whisks him off for an adventure with Mater.
“It’s a funny, friendship, buddy movie between Mater and Lighting McQueen,” Wilson notes.
So how was it coming back for a second film? “It felt pretty seamless,” says Wilson. “I was excited when John Lasseter said he would direct this one, and that I would be working with him again.
“I like the idea of having the character already worked out. Now we just take them on a new adventure. With this one they’re going all around the world, there’s the Michael Caine spy/espionage element, it just seemed like a fun ride.” We’ll get to Caine in a bit, but first…