These past few weeks, production on the Michel Gondry big screen adaptation of Green Hornet seemed to be moving along smoothly. That was before it hit another major casting snag, which centered on the film’s supposed villain Nicolas Cage. Cage had been rumored for several months to be in negotiations to star as the bad guy opposite Seth Rogen‘s heroic Britt Reid. It turns out that the creative forces behind the film and the actor couldn’t come to terms on how his character should be portrayed.
Here’s what Cage had to say…
“‘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.”
According to The Canadian Press, the actor stated that he wasn’t interested in playing the villain as a straight up and down evil guy. Although I respect the decision that Cage made on his creative principal, I don’t think it adds up. Ghost Rider, Bangkok Dangerous, and Next weren’t exactly amazing character pieces. Those were all pretty bad movies, so I’m having a tough time gauging his taste level on any film right now.
If he thinks there needs to be more character development, they might need to give that script a second look. I was already a bit skeptical about Green Hornet, and now I’m down right terrified.
What do you think about Cage’s reason for leaving Green Hornet? Did he have a legit excuse?