Billy Eichner was so caught off guard when director Jon Favreau called him saying he wanted him to play the meerkat Timon in “The Lion King,” the comedian thought it was for Disney on Ice.
“I literally didn’t know what he was talking about. I literally was like, ‘Do you mean for Disney on Ice?’ By the way, I would’ve done it,” Eichner told Variety‘s Marc Malkin at the movie’s LA premiere.
After growing up singing, the actor thought he’d take his vocal talents to Broadway, but instead Eichner will debut his musical talents in the Disney movie alongside Seth Rogen, who plays his warthog buddy Pumbaa.
“Seth and I immediately started exchanging messages. He sent me like 10 exclamation points in a row as a DM on Twitter. That was our first exchange,” he said.