Cage reveals why he left Green Hornet
This made me laugh. Nicolas Cage has been talking about why he left The Green Hornet and the main reason appears to be that there wasn't enough direction in the story for him or depth in the lead bad guy.
Wait a moment, this is from Nicolas Cage isn't it? Shall I just mention Ghost Rider, Bad Bangkok Dangerous, Wicker Man, 60 Seconds, Face/Off, Con Air?
”...wasn't interested in just being just a straight-up bad guy who was killing people willy-nilly...”
Did he just say willy-nilly?
Okay, joking aside, although those comments from “The Canadian Press” through Yahoo News and JoBlo are apparently real, he does go on to reveal a few more things about leaving the production that might make a little more sense.
”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...”
Now does that read as Michael Gondry and Seth Rogen had different takes on the character to each other, or they both had a different take on the character to Cage? I think perhaps it was the latter, although it would seem that directions have been changing on the film since the first round of people were brought on board the film when it first moved into production.
Cage isn't finished though:
”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.”
Well that appears to be a lot of your films Mr Cage, I do think it's very strange for him to start being concerned about it this late in his career don't you? Well I still think the new casting is a stronger one and The Green Hornet has ended up coming out on top.