Steve Carell Goes Gru on 'Ellen' for 'Despicable Me 2'

There are only so many clever ways for a real-life actor to promote an animated movie character because, with all due respect to the trials of voice-work, most of the real heavy lifting is done by the animation crew. But this week Steve Carell raised the bar quite a bit for his fellow tongue-lending thesps by appearing on "Ellen" as a rather convincing human variation of his "Despicable Me 2" cartoon counterpart Gru.

Taking a leaf from the Will Ferrell and Tina Fey a la "Megamind" TV promos playbook, the funnyman stayed in character during his interview, rattling on about his extreme passion for Starbucks coffee and ultimate, life-long desire to shimmy through the audience.

As with "Despicable Me," this Gru ultimately got his shot at shakin' his tiny hiney on-screen during his "Ellen" chat, and Carell did a pretty nice job of replicating some of the character's signature moves.

Let's compare shall we?

Consider Gru breakin' it down, animated-style in "Despicable Me" ...

Gru dancing Despicable Me

... versus what Steve Carell threw down as the big guy.

Steve Carell dancing as Gru on Ellen for Despicable ME 2

Pretty on point, no?

"Despicable Me 2," which also features Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Ken Jeong, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan and Benjamin Bratt, hits theaters on July 3.