Lesley Stahl's warm performance as the eponymous seashell is one of Marcel's many hidden joys, and in many ways the film is a tribute to journalists like Stahl.
The legendary 60 Minutes reporter assumed she was just doing a brief appearance until she saw the finished film. She recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about her surprise at seeing such a positive portrayal of herself.
You know, I did my part and interviewed Marcel, which was unusual to say the least as it was interviewing an inanimate object, a tiny half-inch plastic object, Stahl said. That was one thing, but then come to learn how I was being depicted, which I had no clue was coming.
Stahl found herself embarrassed when she invited colleagues to see a film that is so well-known to her.
The first time I saw it was in a small studio with other people. I had no clue what was going to happen or that I was being described as fearless and heroic,' she said. No one saw it because we were in the dark. I blushed. I had invited some of our colleagues to see it with me, but then I was embarrassed.
Stahl had nothing but positive things to say about her working on and seeing the film despite the surprise and minor embarrassment she receives from it.
When I saw this film, which Ive seen twice now, and will do it a third time soon with my grandchildren, who haven't seen it yet, I wondered if anyone else had made the connection that you have. It's been out-of-body. There were these waves of connections within my body about being presented the way I was. It's enthralling.
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is now playing in cinemas.