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Nicolas Cage: I was almost Shrek


Nicolas Cage has revealed he was the unlikely first choice to voice the title character in "Shrek."

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The "National Treasure" star has confirmed a long-standing Hollywood myth linking him to Mike Myers' jolly green ogre character. Talking about his long friendship with DreamWorks boss Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of the power players behind the "Shrek" franchise, Cage says, "At one point we were talking about 'Shrek' and I just didn't want to look like an ogre. Maybe I should've done it looking back. But we kept trying to find the right match."

Katzenberg and Cage have finally teamed up on the new animated movie "The Croods."

"They all came out to New Orleans and met with me and showed me a picture of Grug and said, 'Look, Nic, this is how I see you!' I said, 'I hope I don't really look like that, but I think I'll do this,'" the actor said. "What really got me about Grug is his emotional transformation from an overprotective father who is surviving, but not living and then he learns how to let go and live and I like that. That's what appealed to me most. I like a movie that can make you laugh and make you cry."

Mar 11, 2013 6:44AM
Whenever I read anything about Nicholas Cage anymore, all I can see is Andy Samberg doing "Get in the Cage with Nicholas Cage" on SNL.  Too funny.
Mar 11, 2013 8:56AM
With the notable exception of Raising Arizona, most of Cage's movies make me cry..  and not the good kind of cry.
Mar 11, 2013 10:02AM
Wow. I can only imagine how boring Shrek would have been if voiced by Nick Cage. They guy has no range whatsoever. When he tries, he just looks really goofy. One of the most overrated actors ever.
Mar 11, 2013 8:21AM
All I see is a fellow doing anything he can get a paycheck for.
Mar 11, 2013 10:09AM
I'm pretty sure Chris Farley was the first choice.
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