Caption: Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs says voicing Sebastian in The Little Mermaid Remake has been tricky
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Daveed Diggs has opened up about having to work ‘harder’ than ever for his role voicing Sebastian in the upcoming The Little Mermaid remake.
The Hamilton star will once again team up with Lin-Manuel Miranda for the live-action flick, but getting into the character has been ‘tricky’ for the talented musician.
Speaking to Collider, the 39-year-old stated: ‘I worked harder on Sebastian probably than I have for any role in my life. It’s tricky.’
The Blindspotting star explained how he tends ‘to say yes to things when I feel like I can do it, but I’m actually not sure I’m the smart choice or the person naturally who should be doing it. That’s true of Sebastian, for a lot of ways that are uncomfortable.’
The Snowpiercer actor continued: ‘I’m not of Caribbean descent, doing that kind of work and trying to immerse myself. I’ve spent a lot of time in Trinidad and I went to Jamaica to research, and I did a lot of voice work with Chris Walker and with the late Tony Hall, to try to get the voice right.
‘But more than the voice, the thing about a dialect is that everybody’s voice is actually very different, so consistency is really more important than accuracy. Your speech pattern is based on culture, and that was the thing I didn’t wanna let down.’
Daveed has been working hard to make his Caribbean accent as authentic as possible (Picture: Jerod Harris/Getty Images for HBO)
Daveed will star alongside Halle Bailey, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina in the flick, which is being filmed in London.
The Broadway actor also spoke about recording the new tracks that will feature in the movie, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and origin composer Alan Menken.
He gushed: ‘[It’s] pretty wild. You get to hear a new song before it comes out and it’s amazing, and then you hear the performance of it by an actor you might not expect to be able to do that and that’s also amazing. There are so many cool surprises that I know and I’m just sitting on.’
The Little Mermaid release date is yet to be announced.