"I told the kids that I was in The Smurfs movie and The Smurfs 2, which is usually a pretty big deal (to these kids). But one Kindergartener raised his hand and said, 'You weren't in Smurfs 2'. I was like, 'Wait, I didn't see it. They cut my part?' You learn all kinds of things from kids." Actor and children's book author Bj Novak on discovering his role in the animated film was axed during a book tour stop in front of an audience of kids.