Nicolas Cage on Turning Down The Green Hornet

On Monday, it was announced that Inglourious Basterds actor Christoph Waltz had been cast as the villain “Chudnofsky” in The Green Hornet. Nicolas Cage was in talks for the role earlier and talked to The Canadian Press about his reasons for not coming on board:

Cage says he “wasn’t interested in just being just a straight-up bad guy who was killing people willy-nilly.”

“‘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.”

We assume Christoph Waltz will have a different take on the character. We’ll find out on December 17, 2010, if that date sticks.

Source: The Canadian Press