I’m something of an idiot savant when it comes to recognizing celebrity voices and spotting cameos, but I’ll admit even I missed Bill Hader’s voice cameo in Spike Jonze’s Her.
Hader explains, to Vulture:
[Hader] plays a man pretending to be a woman in a phone-sex chat room, and Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) passes over him pretty quickly, settling instead on SexyKitten (Kristen “Choke me with that dead cat!” Wiig). “I took my dad to go see it and he didn’t know I was in it until the credits started rolling,” Hader told Vulture last night, at the season-three premiere of Girls, hosted by the Cinema Society.
“He was like, ‘Wait a minute, wait a minute — which one were you?’ I was like, ‘It’s fast and I sound like a woman. But that was me.'”
“It’s fast and I sound like a woman.” See also: all of my fights and sex tapes.
And then we got the screener at home and watched it again and he again said, ‘Wait, who were you? What were you?’ It’s easy to miss, but just to be associated with such a phenomenal film … like, I got in the car [after recording] and called my wife and went, ‘I just got directed by Spike Jonze!’ It was so cool.” (The guys tried a couple of different versions, including one that was “kinda Latina.”)
It’s pretty easy to want to have sex with your computer when it sounds like Scarlet Johansson, but “Bill Hader’s impression of a spicy Latina” would have to be a close second for me. I like to turn “squeal like a pig, boy!” into more of an improv exercise.