Why Nicolas Cage left THE GREEN HORNET, mon

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
January 10th, 2011

Prior to Christoph Waltz starring in the role that would become his villainous follow-up to the award-winning portrayal of Colonel Hans Landa, Nicolas Cage was to play the Russian crime kingpin in Michel Gondry's THE GREEN HORNET. Russian with a Rastafarian accent, that is.

Apparently those creative differences that Cage was having with Gondry and star/co-writer Seth Rogen on the film were over Cage's odd take on the character. Originally, it was reported by the Canadian press that Cage left because "Seth Rogen and Michel had a different take on the character." Cage stated that the crime boss Chudnofsky needed humanity so that the audience could "understand why the character was the way he was." And according to Nicolas Cage, humanity can be felt through a Jamaican way of speaking.

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Gondry said he "was quite relieved when he [Cage] announced he no longer wanted the part." All I have to say in response is this; don't worry, Michel Gondry. Be happy that Nicolas Cage left your film. Although I can't say that I'm not a little bit disappointed that we'll never see Mr. Cage go batshit crazy in the way that only he can, all whilst having the accent in question.

"Jamaican me crazy, Green Hornet!"

This raises a deeper question. What was the actor's influence behind this? Does Nicolas Cage see the people of Jamaica as humane, thus giving his character humanity? Or does he see them as villainous, thus grounding them in some sort of reality (his reality) ? Oh, to be inside Nicolas Cage's head.

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