Nicolas Cage Reveals Why He Left 'The Green Hornet'

Nicolas CageNicolas Cage's departure from "The Green Hornet" created quite a bit of buzz last week, but it was followed up by unconfirmed reports this week that "Inglourious Basterds" actor Christoph Waltz was in talks to replace Cage as the film's villain.

While promoting his upcoming film "Bad Lieutenant, Port of Call: New Orleans" at the Toronto International Film Festival, Cage opened up about the reasons he made such an abrupt exit from Seth Rogen and Michel Gondry's film.

"'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," Cage told The Canadian Press.

"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," he added.

According to the "Ghost Rider" star, the villain Chudnofsky was "a straight-up bad guy who was killing people willy-nilly"—a role he just wasn't interested in playing.

Cage's sudden departure is only the latest in a long line of stops and starts for the film, which originally was tagged as a directing vehicle for Stephen Chow, who was also intended to star alongside Rogen as The Green Hornet's partner, Kato. Chow stepped down as director in December, then left the film entirely in July.

Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") joined the project as director in February, and the new Kato, Jay Chou, was announced in August.

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