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Nicolas Cage walked out of a dinner reunion with Seth Rogen one day after his suggestion to play a character in The Green Hornet as a “white man from the Bahamas” was shot.
Rogen reveals he endured an awkward conversation with Cage in 2011, as he and his writing and production partner Evan Goldberg began their casting process for the 2011 film, in which the comedic actor played the superhero. holder.
They had a series of phone calls with Cage before they met in person, and during a conversation the National Treasure star explained what he wanted his undisclosed character to look like, describing the guy as a man. bald with tattooed hair.
“And we were like, ‘OK…’ We were kind of spinning our heads around this,” Rogen recalls on The Howard Stern Show.
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Cage decided a few days later to reject the style proposal, saying he didn’t want to show off the look on camera because it was a makeover he was seriously considering going through in real life: “I remember laughing hysterically when he said it on the phone – then stopped, realizing it wasn’t a joke, ”Rogen said.
His interactions with Cage became increasingly bizarre when the veteran star came up with the idea of playing his character as a “white man from the Bahamas,” and although Rogen and Goldberg were alarmed by the interpretation, they agreed to discuss the proposal further over a dinner at The House of Amy Pascal, then director of Sony Pictures.
However, the reunion took an awkward turn almost immediately as soon as Cage arrived, as he began to show off his Caribbean accent.
“Literally 60 seconds, we were all sitting at home as he stood in front of us reciting a monologue, speaking with a Jamaican accent,” Rogen said. “And we were just like, ‘This is happening.’”
“(His) monologue was not in the script. It had nothing to do with the script either. At this point, I was like, ‘I don’t think he even read the script,’ ”the This Is The End star added.
Cage was greeted with stunned silence as he concluded his speech: “It ends and, it’s like he’s just finished a backflip and he’s waiting for the applause,” Rogen continued. “At this point, everyone is looking at me to express the group’s reaction. I thought to myself, “It was OK. Fresh. Thank you. We should talk about it. This is not how we imagined the character. “
Clearly confused by the lack of praise, Cage’s posture “instantly fell,” and he decided to quickly exit.
“We all sit down for dinner and almost immediately he gets up and leaves,” Rogen revealed.
Cage was never played in The Green Hornet, which ended up starring Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Jay Chou, Edward James Olmos, David Harbor and Tom Wilkinson.