A few days ago we heard that Christoph Waltz from Inglourious Basterds would be joining The Green Hornet as the villain after Nicolas Cage dropped out of the role last week. But why did Cage drop out? Was it money reasons? Other filming commitments? Nope. Apparently he didn’t like the character.
Cage says he “wasn’t interested in just being just a straight-up bad guy who was killing people willy-nilly.”
He says 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,” said Cage, who starred in 2007’s supernatural comic book film, “Ghost Rider.”
“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.”
From his recent career choices (The Wicker Man springs to mind) it seems Cage has lost the knack to spot out the good roles from the bad ones, although I’ll admit Kick-Ass does look quite good. I’m actually glad Cage dropped out as it enabled Christoph Waltz to come aboard and he will probably do a better job.