SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part**. If you havenâ€™t seen the film yet, continue at your own risk!**
In The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, the role played by Stephanie Beatrizâ€™s General Mayhem is very much tied into the filmâ€™s big twist. While audiences spend most of the movie believing her to be an antagonist agent, the reality is that she is a harbinger of peace, essentially representing young Bianca (Brooklynn Prince) reaching out to her older brother Finn (Jadon Sand) in hopes they can play together in the real world. Itâ€™s a big reveal in the new release, and one that very strongly influenced Beatrizâ€™s performance:
I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Stephanie Beatriz late last month during the Los Angeles press day for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, and one subject that I raised was the important connection between General Mayhem and Bianca. In her response, the actress noted that what was going through the mind of the pre-teen girl was something that very much influenced her approach to her character â€“ someone who is torn between two outward visions of herself.
We first meet General Mayhem early in the movie as an alien invader from the Systar System who arrives in Apocalypseburg with the intent of kidnapping a few heroes â€“ and while this looks totally malicious at first, we eventually get a fuller picture of whatâ€™s going on. In reality, General Mayhem is an attempt by Bianca to reach out to her brother so that they can play together â€“ with the girl hoping to appeal to her more mature sibling by using a mini-doll who looks like a badass space ninja and has a gruff voice.
When General Mayhemâ€™s helmet is removed by Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), however, we start to understand whatâ€™s really going on with her. Featuring a pink smiling face and a pair of blue pigtails, she clearly isnâ€™t the intergalactic pirate we thought she was, and even her voice goes up an octave or two. In an instant we start to get a more complete idea of who she is and what she represents, and understanding all of that was clearly very vital in Stephanie Beatrizâ€™s performance â€“ even on beyond what it literally means for the story in The LEGO Movie 2.
You can watch Stephanie Beatriz discuss the link between General Mayhem and Bianca in The LEGO Movie sequel by clicking play on the video below:
In addition to the aforementioned Stephanie Beatriz, Brooklynn Prince, and Elizabeth Banks, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part also stars Chris Pratt, Charlie Day, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, and more. The film is now playing in theaters everywhere.