Nicholas Cage: "Not interested," In 'Green Hornet'

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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?
#1 Posted by inferiorego (22556 posts) - - Show Bio

I like Nicolas Cage, don't get me wrong, but his "different take on the character" bits pretty much suck. I love watching his films (the summer blockbuster ones) and seeing how his character doesn't fit into the rest of that film's world because he had too much input into how his character was written.

#2 Posted by The Human Stain (85 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't blame him. If the character CHODNOFSKY is anything like my neighbor down the street, playing him could be a career-ender.

#3 Posted by RaptorFratBoy (550 posts) - - Show Bio

I personally can't stand Cage, so to see him out of the film only gives me more hope for it. 
I mean, come on...Does every villain have to be "humanized", or can't we just have a bad-guy that we just HATE and want to see get beat-up, but enjoy doing so? The term "Love to Hate" is thrown around a lot, Ledger's Joker is a great example, someone who "...Wants to watch the world burn". Apparently Cage doesn't enjoy that concept, but like I said...his poor excuse for an acting ability would only kill the movie further, IMO. 
But yeah, I also agree everything about this seems rushed and I have a feeling Rogen is going to regret moving-away from his Comfort Zone after it lands in "The Spirit" territory. I hope I'm wrong,'s not looking good.

#4 Posted by inferiorego (22556 posts) - - Show Bio
@RaptorFratBoy: He's a phenomenal actor when he's not in a summer blockbuster: Matchstick Men, The Weather Man, and Lord of War
#5 Posted by Vortex13 (12138 posts) - - Show Bio
@inferiorego: Wow you just named my three favorite movies that have him in it.
#6 Posted by RaptorFratBoy (550 posts) - - Show Bio
@inferiorego: Agreed, completely. I just find that to be a pretty large flaw, considering he takes himself FAR TOO SERIOUSLY. 
If he was just a humble dude that admitted he fluffed it up to score the big pay-days, hey, fine. But in every interview or anything he does, you can practically smell the arrogance oozing from him. Typical Hollywood, yeah, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. 
Maybe it's that I harbor a grudge against this so-called "comic book fan" who sold his entire, multi-million dollar collection as soon as Elvis' daughter told him to. And that for such a huge Ghost Rider fanboy like he claimed to be, he sure as hell missed the point of Johnny Blaze and butchered a potential big-time franchise for Marvel. Which he further wants to ruin by taking him to Europe. Awesome.
#7 Posted by inferiorego (22556 posts) - - Show Bio
@RaptorFratBoy: I take his actions and words with a grain of salt. I've seen his interviews, he's pretty out there. I met him (well, bumped into him) in Chicago (while filming Weatherman) and he was pretty into himself, but happy to talk. Yes, he's arrogant. Yes, he takes himself way to seriously. I personally just don't get upset anymore if a comic book film sucks when it gets onto the big screen, that's not worth my anger anymore. But that's just me, everyone else has their opinions and right to be mad at his ridiculousness. I can't personally be mad at ANYONE who was in Fast Times at Ridgemont High
BTW: Looking at his imdb page, he's been in a lot of legitimately good films.
#8 Posted by goldenkey (3033 posts) - - Show Bio
@inferiorego said:
" @RaptorFratBoy: He's a phenomenal actor when he's not in a summer blockbuster: Matchstick Men, The Weather Man, and Lord of War "

you're right.  He was good in Con-air.  I'm still wondering where the hell the tunnel in Vegas is.  
#9 Posted by Moomin123 (2252 posts) - - Show Bio

Nicholas Cage would have been good but he is better as the hero, not the villain.
#10 Posted by Green ankh (1077 posts) - - Show Bio

I like Cage. Even in bad films i enjoy him. But if he didnt think the film was worth it for him it must be bad.
#11 Posted by NightFang (10783 posts) - - Show Bio

Why wont people let Cage do his thang!?

#12 Edited by ryanwh (370 posts) - - Show Bio

Well if the last 10 movies he's done is any indication, its probably a good thing that they didn't let Cage try and do his own thing.

#13 Posted by FoxxFireArt (3611 posts) - - Show Bio

Seeing what they are doing with Green Hornet it makes it look like a sort of action comedy with an over the top bad guy.
I wish instead of doing this movie he would just make National Treasure 3. I like those movies. They are great movies and smart films.

#14 Posted by RaptorFratBoy (550 posts) - - Show Bio
@inferiorego: Oh, again, I totally agree with you on most of what you said; don't get me wrong - I have no disillusions about Hollywood and the people that work there, as obviously most of them are going to be pretentious, arrogant, overgrown-children because they have dozens of publicists, agents, and bazillions of fans telling them they deserve to act that way. 
HOWEVER...When it comes to comic book movies, something I will always at least have hopes for when it's a property I care about, I'll take any and all pot-shots I can at the actors who - like Cage obviously does - thinks of themselves as having a "better idea" just because they're the actors, they have the names, they should be able to do as they please with whatever movie they signed-on for. Actors like Cage have become bigger than the films they make, in their minds, and THAT is where I call foul. Yes, maybe "Green Hornet" would do better if Nic Cage was starring...but that's not the point Seth Rogen wants to make. He wants to make a Green Hornet movie, not a Nic Cage movie, or at the VERY least he wants it to be a Seth Rogen movie. He got it going, after all. 
I understand the disenchanted feeling a lot of people have with comic book movies, as to not get their hopes-up, and believe me I wish I could pull myself away so I don't get burned so badly as I was when "Fantastic Four" hit theaters. and no, I'm not trying to start THAT argument with you again, either.'s just that I'm too damn obsessed with comics and the media adapted from them, to a point it's almost self-destructive. even something I haven't read ONE story from like "Green Hornet", I still care and hope it does well so that it reflects positively for other comic book adaptions. When some pompous ass like Cage comes along and starts saying how, in so many words, he's better than the movie, grinds my gears. Plain and simple.
#15 Posted by Media_Master (2189 posts) - - Show Bio

Script sounds rushed

#16 Posted by box turtle (1264 posts) - - Show Bio

Good job, Nick.
#17 Posted by The WeatherMan (3261 posts) - - Show Bio

I like him as an actor, but I don't think he would fit in the Green Hornet. It's probably going to be more towards comedy action, especially with Seth Rogen and Sasha Baron Coen, Nicholas Cage is more of a serious actor.
#18 Posted by fueljunky (18 posts) - - Show Bio

I have very low expectations for this movie.

#19 Posted by Phorqe (2149 posts) - - Show Bio

Less Nick Cage films = Improvement to Society

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