Why Nicholas Cage claims he left the 'Green Hornet' project
We reported previously that Christoph Waltz had been confirmed as the villain 'Chudnofsky' in Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen's 'The Green Hornet' film. So the question as to why the deal with actor Nicholas Cage fell through still remains. In a recent interview with the Canadian Press, Cage reveals that is was due to creative differences and vision between himself and Seth Rogen that led him to turn the role down.
"[I] wasn't interested in just being just a straight-up bad guy who was killing people willy-nilly."
[Rogen and Gondry] "had a different take on the character" and there wasn't enough time to develop the script.
"'The Green Hornet' was something that I wanted to do, I think Michel Gondry is very talented and I had hoped it would work but I think Seth Rogen and Michel had a different take on the character,"
"I had to have some humanity and to try to give it something where you could understand why the character was the way he was but I don't think there was enough time to develop it."
I have but one word: wow. All of my hesitation and sentiments remain the same, for the most part in that it comes to no surprise (at least to me) that the script was rushed. The production to get the film off the ground seemed rushed. Replacing an actor with a Taiwanese pop star with no martial arts background seems rushed. Good for you Nicholas Cage. Stand up for your rights. What do you guys think?