Lin-Manuel Miranda ‘GMA’ Interview On ‘Moana’ And ‘Hamilton’ Documentary (VIDEO)
Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared on Thursdays “Good Morning America” to promote Disney’s upcoming animated movie, Moana, as well as a new documentary about his Broadway musical, Hamilton. Watch his full interview in the “GMA” video below!
Miranda composed the music for Moana, a fantasy-adventure about a teenage girl who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. “It’s an interesting hybrid,” the actor and musician explained on the morning talk show. “It’s in one sense, an old-fashioned Disney musical, but it’s also this action movie with this amazing young woman at the center of it. Just sort of kicking butt and taking names and sailing the ocean.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson co-stars in the film as the voice of the demigod Maui, and Miranda revealed his strategy to write music for the former wrestler. “I didn’t know if he could sing so I went on YouTube to find any examples of The Rock singing,” Miranda noted. “What I found was this super-cut of when he was a bad guy wrestler… And he would take out a guitar and taunt whatever town he was in.” He added, “The fun thing about writing for The Rock is that he’s so charming, you can give him Gaston-level arrogant lyrics and it’s still charming.”
Miranda also went on to talk about his upcoming PBS documentary on the making of Broadway’s Hamilton, which won 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. “It’s the journey I took writing the show,” he explained, “the journey of Hamilton and the journey of Hamilton, the musical, sort of all in one film.” Watch Miranda’s full “GMA” interview in the video below!