Green Hornet Villain Role Not Good Enough for The Cage
by Ethan Anderton
September 16, 2009
Earlier this week we told you that Christoph Waltz was stepping into the villain role vacated by Nicolas Cage in Michel Gondry's Green Hornet. It seems like this production has had nothing but problems from losing Stephen Chow in every capacity he was once attached, to the always dreadful release date delay. However, despite all the bad luck surrounding it, details were sparse as to why Cage exited leaving Gondry and star Seth Rogen high and dry. But Nicolas Cage had some words for the Canadian Press about his departure while he was up at the Toronto Film Festival promoting his newest film, Werner Herzog's Bad Lietenant.
Cage just simply laid it out on the table and said that he "wasn't interested in just being just a straight up bad guy who was killing people willy-nilly. 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." It doesn't sound like he was being unreasonable, but simply serious about his craft. However, with this type of film, a comedy/action hybrid, I doubt there was much need for a villain with a lot of depth. But if Christoph Waltz is going to be stepping into a role where he's just offing people, then I say let's dance!