By Leah Rozen Paul Chi Scott Huver
June 08, 2009 12:00 PM

>• He’s been Hollywood’s go-to grouch since The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Now Asner, 79, voices Up’s cranky hero.

FANS RECITING HIS CLASSIC MTM LINE “I HATE SPUNK!” I hate that! It’s almost as obnoxious as when I was doing the show. People would come up to me and say, “Why don’t you treat Mary better?” And I’d say, “Get the hell away from me!”

NO SMOOCHING Not being kissed enough makes me grouchy. You can never have too much love in life.

MAINTAINING HIS IMAGE People expect me to be a grouch. So I give it to them. But really I’m soft inside.