Prior to Cars, Larry the Cable Guy had made a name for himself as a working-class comedian who occasionally cracked dirty jokes. But the blue-collar comic admits that voicing Mater “changed my life.”
“Anyone can watch it,” he said. – When you’re stand-up, you have certain crowds [and] fan base, but it’s something that crosses all generations and it’s a cult character – and it’s for a cult company. It’s indescribable how great it is to be a part of it.”
Back in 2006, it might have been a bit of a surprise that Disney chose a comedian like Larry the Cable Guy to voice Mater, but the role just so happened to be a professional prankster who cleans up the mess.
“When I had children, my [stand-up] It’s completely different,” he said. “When you don’t have children, you don’t think about such things. You’re single and living life, but when you get married and have kids, a lot of your priorities start to change.”
Indeed, the role came into Larry’s life at just the right time, forever changing the trajectory of his career and humor.
Cars was the answer to my prayer because I wanted to make something that my kids could watch,” he said. “My boy was born in 2006 and I got the part [around] 2003, a couple of years before it came out… It happened at a time when I was changing things and prioritizing things differently. That’s why it was so exciting. It gave me that when my kids grow up and have kids, they’ll be like, “Wow, that was my dad.”
“I still love my stand-up, but things change over time,” Larry explained. “This is a very different matter and it couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Cars on the Road is now streaming exclusively on Disney+.