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There’s a reason all the heroes in the new Despicable Me spin-off are male.

Minions, which is on track to earn $100 million in its opening weekend, stars a female villain and an all-male cast of yellow, pill-shaped heroes.

It’s unusual for a movie to rely so heavily on a cast of males, but Minions creator Pierre Coffin says it’s thanks to their general cloddishness.

“Seeing how dumb and stupid they often are, I just couldn’t imagine Minions being girls,” Coffin told TheWrap.

The creatures can’t reproduce or divide themselves, Coffin has said — and maybe that’s a good thing.


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