Many songwriters live by the maxim “Write what you know,” so when Blake Shelton was tasked with coming up with a tune for The Angry Birds Movie, he hit a roadblock.
“I can write things about myself and my life,” says the country singer and coach on NBC’s hit singing competition The Voice. “But I don’t have a whole lot of experience being shot out of a slingshot at pigs.”
Shelton plays one of those pigs in the film, lending his voice to an especially country-fried pork chop named Earl, seen here for the first time. “They kept saying, ‘More country!’ ” Shelton says. “I felt like I was doing a voice-over for Dukes of Hazzard.”
The animated film, which also features the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, and Danny McBride, is based on the immensely popular game, one that Shelton played a lot before he was hired to write a song about it.
“I wish I had a dollar for every minute I lost playing that freaking game, you know?” he says. “Well, I guess I do now.”
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