The sequel to 2009’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs takes place in a landscape inhabited by hordes of fantastical food-animal hybrids — including shrimpanzees, tacodiles, flamangos, and meatbalruses. But there’s one creation that didn’t make it into the final cut: the guacaghanoush, a being that came straight from the mind of Cloudy 2 star Anna Faris.
“This is so dumb,” the actress told EW on Wednesday afternoon with a laugh. “But I was trying to pitch to the directors a guacaghanoush character — like, some mound of guacamole and baba ghanoush.”
Unfortunately, Cloudy 2 directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn weren’t sold by Faris’ idea. “They’re like, ‘Okay, but what part is the animal?’ I’m like, ‘No no no, listen — it’s fusion food! Mexican/Middle Eastern! Guacaganoush!’ They didn’t want it.”
Despite that setback, Faris had plenty of fun reprising her role as plucky weatherwoman Sam Sparks — even if she’s bummed about not getting to share a recording booth with co-star Bill Hader, who plays mad inventor Flint Lockwood. “It’s really sad!” Faris said, also noting that it can be challenging to match another actor’s tone while doing voice-over work. At least she’s had the chance to record with Hader on other occasions — and to co-star with him in “What’s Wrong With Tanya,” a faux game-show sketch on SNL that Faris calls her “favorite.”
Appearing in a movie like Cloudy 2 might make some celebrities wary of the vengeful leftovers lurking in the back of their fridges — but not Faris. “I’ve got all kinds of moldy, disgusting things in there,” she confessed. “Because part of me is like, ‘Well, if something happened, like an emergency, we could just scrape off the mold.’ I’m like one of those people on Buried Alive or Hoarders.” Hmm — do we smell a scary-movie Cloudy spinoff, featuring Faris fighting off old takeout cartons?
Check out the latest trailer for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 below.
Cloudy 2 opens Sept. 27.