By Kate Solomon.
There’s a new supervillain in town and he looks like he’s stuck in a time warp – probably because he is. Meet Balthazar Bratt, the moonwalking, bubble-blowing ‘80s throwback making Gru’s life a misery in Despicable Me 3. Voiced by Trey Parker of South Park and Book of Mormon fame, there’ll be more than one joke that flies over the kids’ heads and straight into parents’ funnybones, we have no doubt.
But just who is this bemulleted baddie? We’ve compiled a dossier of the essential info for you – don’t turn up to Vue unprepared.
NAME: Balthazar Bratt
OCCUPATION: Supervillain hell bent on taking over the world
PREVIOUS OCCUPATIONS: 80s child star – Bratt played the lead character on Evil Bratt, a mega successful TV show about a pint-sized villain hell bent on taking over the world
ENEMIES: Gru and his newly-discovered twin brother, Dru
WEAPONS: Expanding bubblegum, Rubik’s cube knockout gas, diabolical keytar
BACKGROUND: One of the biggest child stars of the 80s, Balthazar Bratt has been off-radar since Evil Bratt was cancelled in 1987. The reason for cancellation, despite massive popularity and multiple awards, was Balthazar’s burgeoning puberty. He could no longer read lines without his voice breaking and thus became a laughing stock, in spite of his multiple Kids’ Pick Awards for Heart-Throbbiest Leading Actor.
The cancellation left the actor embittered and desperate for respect. Stuck in arrested development, he is living out the plot of his own long-cancelled TV show, set on total world domination so that no one can make fun of him any longer. He resurfaced this year to steal the world’s biggest diamond. His catchphrase, “I’ve been a baaaad boy”, has never been truer.
Catch Balthazar Bratt in action in Despicable Me 3, out 30th June – stay tuned for tickets.