Minions: The Rise of Gru, out in theaters today, includes a surprise addition to the cast that movie fans will love! In one scene, you’ll notice the newest addition to Gru’s team has darker skin than he does, and she has her own unique style. We’re proud to introduce the world to Belle Bottom, the new leader of The Vicious 6! If you were lucky enough to catch Minions at an early screening last night, you already know what she looks like and how much you’re going to enjoy her zany personality! Introducing Belle Bottom: The New Leader of The Vicious 6
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1) An introduction to the characters
In Despicable Me 3, Gru (Steve Carell) will be dealing with a lot more than just his own personal changes. With his marriage to Lucy (Kristen Wiig) now dissolved, he must deal with joint custody arrangements. He is ready to begin a new life when his newly appointed leader, Belle Bottom (Taraji P. Henson), shows up at his home unannounced. She has been chosen by The Super Council to take over leadership of Gru’s ever-growing force of Minions following her unceremonious dismissal from PHANTOM (the Anti-Villain League). Although slightly resistant at first, she quickly wins him over and soon he gives her a crash course in villainy and leadership.
2) Who is Belle Bottom?
Taraji P. Henson is an African-American actress and singer who is best known for her roles in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Internship, and currently in FOX’s hit show, Empire. Although she was born and raised in Washington, D.C., Henson spent a large amount of time growing up in Georgia, where she performed gospel music with her family.
Before landing her breakout role on Empire, Henson appeared on Broadway as Shug Avery in Dreamgirls; soon after it became clear that she would have to sing live for every performance.
3) How did she get this job?
You may have seen her in The Night Of, a series that won her an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress. Now, see Henson (and everyone’s favorite animated characters) in Minions, which hits theaters on July 10th. It’s fair to say Henson has earned a place among Hollywood’s biggest A-listers. But how did she do it? We sat down with Taraji P. Henson to find out—here’s what she had to say.
4) What does she want from her team?
I really need you to know that I don’t see myself as a leader. I like working alone because it’s just me and my team against everyone else in U.G.L.Y., and that’s how it should be! But, when Lord Shen didn’t come back, I had no choice but to step up to lead our group in his absence. It would not have been right for us all to mourn him and let things fall apart at a time like that—he would have wanted us focused on defeating Gru and saving Minions, not moping around with our heads hung low.
5) Concerns about her leadership style
When asked to comment on how she plans to lead a pack of villainous mercenaries, Ms. Bottom stated The way I lead? I ain’t leader-y at all! When I take over, everyone will know it. Some members of The Vicious 6 have expressed concern about her approach to command. However, with regards to her style as a leader and team builder, Ms.
6) Her future plans for acquiring more minions
She’s planning on capturing Scarlet Overkill, who is a queen bee and leader of her own hive. She thinks that if she can capture Overkill, they will make a great team to work together with. Gru often spares Scarlet when he takes over her hive, but nothing could be farther from his mind right now than redemption for past sins. He wants power, and with Scarlet on his side, he’ll be stronger than ever before in his quest to destroy super-villain groups like The Anti-Villain League and their innumerable minions.
Who is Bell Bottom in the minions?
She is a former child star who used to date Gru’s arch-nemesis, El Macho. She has a long-running rivalry with Gru, and was part of his henchmen before leaving to form The Vicious 6. Her first appearance in Despicable Me 2 is when she attempts to steal ice cream from Minions, which then leads into an epic battle between her minions and Gru’s Minions. In order to outsmart Gru and steal his diamond, she recruits three unknown members from their old hometown that could very well turn out to be just as bad (if not worse) than Gru himself. Is it possible for Bell Bottom to get her own movie? Make sure you let us know in your comments! #BellBottom4Movie!
How much is Bell Bottom?
Bell is known for her attention to detail, her ability to quickly find common ground with others, and her amazing hair. More than anything else, she’s an expert at bringing out the good in people—even Gru! If you have a chance to meet Bell at one of our franchise events or in person, you’ll immediately recognize that it’s a pleasure working with her. In fact, we could all learn a thing or two from watching how she interacts with others. It only takes a few minutes before it becomes obvious that Bell Bottom is someone you really want on your team . . . especially if you work with Gru!
How old is Gru in Despicable Me?
Minions isn’t exactly a sequel, but it’s part two of Gru’s tale (with a prequel movie, Minions being his origin story). That said, if you’re wondering how old Gru is in Despicable Me and when Minions takes place then we’ve got your answer. By that logic, Gru should be about 50 years old in Minions , which lines up with his human counterpart. It also helps explain why he still hasn’t been able to find a girlfriend in either film —let alone start a family—despite having multiple chances to do so.
How many Minions does Gru have?
Thirteen — three all-female commandos and ten little yellow henchmen. Gru is certainly making full use of his evil henchmen in Despicable Me 2, but there’s a new female villain waiting in the wings who looks set to be a particularly exciting addition to Gru’s crack team of vile villains. In Despicable Me 2, we get our first glimpse at a new minion – one that looks slightly different from all its friends. This character (called Bottom by other minions) is actually wearing headphones and its face is green like Gru’s, not yellow like all its friends’. She also has bright red lips and just looks meaner than her peers.