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Steve Carell brings Gru back to live for special COVID PSA.

Steve Carell Plays His 'Despicable Me' Character For WHO PSA

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By Emily Reily

Actor Steve Carell has brought back his Minion character, Gru, from Despicable Me for a PSA for the World Health Organization in an effort to raise awareness to proper safety guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The clip shows Carell, as Gru, talking about using "lifesaving behaviors" which can help cut down on the spread of the coronavirus -- actions like social distancing, being considerate of others and making sure to stay active while at home.

Steve Carell Resurrects Gru For Great PSA

Steve Carell and some Minions.
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In a statement, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, director-general of the World Health Organization, talked about why it was necessary to have this collaboration right now, as the pandemic rages:

“At this challenging time, we must find all ways possible to provide hope to people while sharing advice that can protect our health.

“WHO is excited to be working with Illumination and Steve Carell and the joys of the Minions and Gru to promote the importance of physical distancing, keeping active and connected, and being kind and compassionate to overcome COVID-19.”

Work On Your Core While At Home Base

Gru suggests trying out some dance routines.
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According to Variety, this is a first-time partnership between the WHO, the UN Foundation and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Elizabeth Cousens, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, said, “As the world continues to grapple with the challenges of COVID-19, one of our most powerful weapons is kindness.

We are delighted that the ‘Despicable Me’ characters are letting their love show and showing ways to keep themselves and their communities safe during this unprecedented time.”

Joke's On You - This PSA Is Actually Very Informative

It's not necessary to splash people with water.
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In the PSA, Gru, in a dress, shoots a water gun at someone who wants to come closer to him, and also shows some "sick dance moves" to some minions.

Later, he makes a special meal of meat and gummy bears to show that we can all stay busy at home.

Gru also make sure to show kids how to be nice to others, especially if they get a boo-boo.

“Stay home, stay healthy, and remember: We’re all in this together, but totally separate... you know what I mean," Gru says.

Variety adds that the Gru PSA will also be translated into Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, and other languages in an effort to reach as many people as possible.

You Don't Have To Make Meat-and-Gummy-Bears Soup

You can just make regular soup at home if you want.
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The collaboration is between a partnership organized by between the WHO, the United Nations Foundation and Illumination Studio, which is the firm responsible for the “Despicable Me” franchise.

“At this challenging time, we must find all ways possible to provide hope to people while sharing advice that can protect our health,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom, WHO director-general.

“WHO is excited to be working with Illumination and Steve Carell and the joys of the Minions and Gru to promote the importance of physical distancing, keeping active and connected, and being kind and compassionate to overcome COVID-19," Adhanom added.

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