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Williams wants everyone to know that he`s happy.

When fans stop the actor-comedian to snap a photo with him on their cell phones, Williams says he usually always obliges but often finds people complain that something seems wrong with him - even though he`s smiling.

"I think people always want zany, goofy (expletive) from me," said Williams, who recently returned from a honeymoon to France with new wife, graphic designer Susan Schneider. "It takes a lot of energy to do that. If you do that all the time, you`ll burn out."

Williams, who underwent surgery to replace an aortic valve in 2009, is far from retirement, but he acknowledges that he`s taking it easier even though he`s playing two separate parts in "Happy Feet Two," out Friday.

The funnyman reprises his roles as chivalrous Adelie penguin Ramon and bombastic rockhopper Lovelace in the follow-up to the 2006 Oscar-winning animated film about singing-and-dancing penguins. The 3-D sequel finds Ramon attempting to woo a sultry bird named Carmen (voiced by Sofia Vergara), while Lovelace is hyping a "flying penguin" named Sven (Hank Azaria).

Q: What kind of pressure, if any, did you feel working on a "Happy Feet" sequel?

A: Well, you have to do it better than the first time to make it worthwhile, not just for the sake of the franchise. (Director) George (Miller) kicked it hard. I asked him after he saw it what he thought, and he said, "Well, I don`t know, but I think it`s better." I said, "I think so, too." He used the technology, performances, everything, and took it to a new level.

Q: You`re known for your improvisational skills, which I`m sure was prevalent on this film because the voice actors all recorded their parts together. What was your most memorable improv moment while working on this project?

A: There was one moment as Lovelace where I started speaking in tongues. I got so kind of crazy that I almost passed out. George said, "That`s great. Keep going!" I told him that if I kept going, I would fall down. I just started doing this Baptist hymnal thing. "Hmmmmhmmmmhmmmm." I think that`s actually what led to the gospel song that`s in the movie.
Q: It sounds like you had a religious experience right there in the sound booth.

A: (In an Australian accent.) "He had an epiphany right there in Australia!" "Epiphany? Isn`t that a singer?" "No, that`s Tiffany." You do get close to it. There are just these times when you`re in the sound booth working together and just really having fun. Being in the same room with people and creating something together is a good thing.

Q: It seems like you can do any accent. Which one gives you the most trouble?

A: (In an Irish accent.) I have a difficult time doing an Irish accent, even now it kind of fades slowly into Scottish. You just have to remember it`s all sung. This is actually the best time I`ve ever done it. Thank God you`re recording this now.

Q: As a big technology buff, what gadgets or games are you into at the moment?

A: I`m fascinated by the new iPhone. I bought it and kept trying to use it in France. "Siri, what is a good restaurant?" (In a robotic voice.) "I`m sorry, Robin. I can`t give locations in France." "Why, Siri?" (In robotic voice) "I don`t know." It`s like she was upset with the French or something. (Back to robotic voice) "They seem to have an attitude I can`t understand. Should I look for Germans, Robin?"

A: It`s quiet. I just saw my daughter, Zelda, the other night. My oldest son is married, and my youngest son just went off to college. It`s like they`ve left the earth`s gravity, and I`m watching them. "There he gooooes!" I`m just so proud. I don`t have a college degree, and my father didn`t have a college degree, so when my son, Zachary, graduated from college, I said, "My boy`s got learnin`!"

Q: What about your heart surgery? How has that affected how you live your life now?

A: I learned to appreciate the idea of just taking it a little bit easier. You just have to be a little more present. It`s really wonderful. It makes you appreciate everything - like breath, and friends and family. Taking it down just a little bit and traveling at the speed of life is a much easier journey.

Q: It seems like you`ve done everything. What do you want to tackle next?

A: After getting married and just coming back from the honeymoon, I have to look at what I want to do in the next year. I want to do a movie, but it has to be the right movie, whether it`s independent or a studio movie. I`m much more open to being a supporting actor right now. At the age of 60, I`ll be second fiddle. Fine. I`m happy to do it.

Date:2011-11-18 20:56:45     
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