The creative brains behind DreamWorks 3-D animated film ‘Megamind’

Ben Stiller has made a career of playing lovable losers. So he didn't need much convincing when two unknown screenwriters pitched a story about a failed villain who faces a midlife crisis after accidentally defeating his nemesis.

"I just thought it was funny to see this super villain have this existential sort of quandary about what his life is all about," Stiller said about Megamind — the blue-headed bad guy at the center of DreamWorks Animation new 3-D film opening Friday. "He's just like a guy who has never stopped asking, 'Why am I doing this? Why am I running on this treadmill?'"

Stiller has only a small role in "Megamind" — giving voice to an archivist named Bernard whose form Megamind assumes to woo a Lois Lane-type reporter ( Tina Fey). But he played a big part in getting the project launched.

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