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Why Michel Gondry was "quite relieved" when Nicolas Cage left Green Hornet

01.10.2011

Why, you might be asking, is Nicolas Cage wearing a rasta tam hat? That's a very good question but you're getting ahead of yourself. All in due time. Let's take this one from the top...

Back in the summer of 2009, right before Comic-Con, it was announced that Nicolas Cage had signed on to star as Chudnofsky, the lead villain in Seth Rogen's THE GREEN HORNET. Michel Gondry was set to direct and filming was scheduled to begin later that year. But then in September of that same year it was announced that Cage was leaving the film and being replaced by Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz.

So why did Cage leave the film? At the time he told, The Canadian Press that "Seth Rogen and Michel had a different take on the character," and that he "had to have some humanity" to the character" so that you could "understand why the character was the way he was." Apparently that humanity was being a Rastafarian?

A recent New York Times article reveals the real reason Cage left the film and it would appear that while Rogen and Gondry had a "different take on the character," as Cage claimed, their different take was that Chudnofsky shouldn't act like Bob Marley.

Gondry and Cage had frequent arguments about the direction of the character because "for reasons known only to [Cage], he insisted on using a Jamaican accent." It was a difficult few months for the production but eventually Cage left the film and Gondry couldn't have been happier. "I was quite relieved," Gondry admits, "when [Cage] announced he no longer wanted the part."

It's still unclear what Cage thought having a Jamaican accent would bring to the part to "understand" why he was the way he was and we may never know (unless he calls back in to the JoBlo Podcast).

It's far from the only kooky idea in the lengthy development of the film. When Stephen Chow was attached to star as Kato, he wanted the script to have his sidekick implanting a microchip in Britt's brain and later controlling him with a joystick. "Maybe they’re doing that in China, and I’m not aware of it," says Rogen. "I don’t read the newspapers as much as I should."

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Extra Tidbit: There's a great cameo in the beginning of the film but I won't say more beyond that.
Source: NY Times

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5:52PM on 01/11/2011
I can careless about the final product, but Nic Cage acting all Jamaican would of made the movie 'that' much better.
I can careless about the final product, but Nic Cage acting all Jamaican would of made the movie 'that' much better.
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11:24AM on 01/11/2011

I thought Cage woulda played

...a mean Hornet. His role in Kick Ass was one of the best he's had in years. He could pull off the satire.
...a mean Hornet. His role in Kick Ass was one of the best he's had in years. He could pull off the satire.
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10:19AM on 01/11/2011

I'll wait for a free DVD

Cage or Chow in a crazy mode would have been the ONLY reasons I would have stand another movie with Seth Rogen in it.
Cage or Chow in a crazy mode would have been the ONLY reasons I would have stand another movie with Seth Rogen in it.
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2:45AM on 01/11/2011
Reminds me of Sam Rockwell coming onto the set with an eye patch in "Living in Oblivion".
Reminds me of Sam Rockwell coming onto the set with an eye patch in "Living in Oblivion".
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4:39AM on 01/11/2011
That be James LeGros, but still an awesome reference.
That be James LeGros, but still an awesome reference.
5:15PM on 01/10/2011

@ Extra Tidbit

Unless it's Bruce Lee, I could care less.....
Unless it's Bruce Lee, I could care less.....
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2:04AM on 01/11/2011
James Franco, Bruce Lee, Same Difference.
James Franco, Bruce Lee, Same Difference.
11:24AM on 01/11/2011
I'm with ya...
I'm with ya...
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4:47PM on 01/10/2011
Cage is crazy. Movie looks terrible.
Cage is crazy. Movie looks terrible.
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2:25PM on 01/10/2011
Cage is consistenly crazy, I like that.
Cage is consistenly crazy, I like that.
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2:06PM on 01/10/2011

One good thing about this

would be the scenes of a Rasta Cage losing his shit in a new series of "Nic Cage Loses His Shit" youtube videos. Not sure anything could beat the hilarity of the Wicker Man clips- "What are you bitches doing to me!? Not the bees! NOT THE BEES!!!"
would be the scenes of a Rasta Cage losing his shit in a new series of "Nic Cage Loses His Shit" youtube videos. Not sure anything could beat the hilarity of the Wicker Man clips- "What are you bitches doing to me!? Not the bees! NOT THE BEES!!!"
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1:24PM on 01/10/2011
So if Nick Cage were to do a movie with Uwe Boll, would the two wrongs cancel each other out and make a good movie, or would we just get something that would be banned by the Geneva Convention?
So if Nick Cage were to do a movie with Uwe Boll, would the two wrongs cancel each other out and make a good movie, or would we just get something that would be banned by the Geneva Convention?
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12:40PM on 01/10/2011
Why even hire him if that's his take on the character, surely the studio and director were aware of this beforehand? Anyway, watching the trailers for this extremely bland/mediocre looking film I can only presume that Nicolas Cage thought the same about it, probably figured the accent would spice things up a bit.
Why even hire him if that's his take on the character, surely the studio and director were aware of this beforehand? Anyway, watching the trailers for this extremely bland/mediocre looking film I can only presume that Nicolas Cage thought the same about it, probably figured the accent would spice things up a bit.
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12:17PM on 01/10/2011
I think some of us here, would like to give Cage the benefit of a doubt, but it is so hard to appreciate him with crap like this.
I think some of us here, would like to give Cage the benefit of a doubt, but it is so hard to appreciate him with crap like this.
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11:49AM on 01/10/2011

Nic Cage is like herpes to film

But then... the final product doesn't look any better.
But then... the final product doesn't look any better.
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2:39PM on 01/10/2011
Amen to this.
Amen to this.
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10:38AM on 01/10/2011

heh

This is almost as bad as his "Johny Blaze needs to eat only red and yellow Jellybeans out of a over-sized martini glass" way of understanding why this character is the way he is.
This is almost as bad as his "Johny Blaze needs to eat only red and yellow Jellybeans out of a over-sized martini glass" way of understanding why this character is the way he is.
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10:25AM on 01/10/2011
I guess you can't blame Cage completely, Seth did want the character to be Rastafarian. Cage just has to take it to the next level.

So if you cast Cage, take it down a notch, that way he takes it UP to the level you want.
I guess you can't blame Cage completely, Seth did want the character to be Rastafarian. Cage just has to take it to the next level.

So if you cast Cage, take it down a notch, that way he takes it UP to the level you want.
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10:12AM on 01/10/2011

What. The.

Fuck
Fuck
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