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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - David Schwimmer DVD interview

Madagascar 3

Compiled by Jack Foley

DAVID Schwimmer talks about his affinity towards giraffes and why he likes vocing the character of Melman in the Madagascar franchise. He also talks about some of his forthcoming projects, why he isn’t minded to do a Friends movie and why he’s enjoying fatherhood. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is released on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, February 11, 2013.

Q. Do you feel you know your character better now that you are in the third installment of Madagascar?
David Schwimmer: Yes, I do feel like I know the character better now. And the writers probably know our characters better now due to the two previous films.

Q. How did it feel when they called and asked you to bring ‘Melman” back?
David Schwimmer: Oh, it was just great. I was excited when they called me and said we are doing a third one. It’s always nice to be invited back.

Q. The giraffe seems to be the perfect fit for your voice, do you agree?
David Schwimmer: It was funny, when Jeffrey Katzenberg first approached me and told me the story about these four animals, I was wondering which one he had in mind for me. When he told me it was the giraffe, I was really relieved.

Q. Why?
David Schwimmer: I have always had an affinity toward giraffes. I think it’s because I feel they are so vulnerable. They seem to be such big targets in the animal kingdom.

Q. What is the staying power of this franchise?
David Schwimmer: The humour is catered towards adults and children. And the films always take you to different places. We’ve been to Africa, to New York, and now we are in Europe.

Q. What’s the difference between directing or being in a film and doing a voiceover for an animated film?
David Schwimmer: This doesn’t feel that heavy. It’s not like directing. Directing is so time-consuming. This is quite the opposite. They need you for a day every two or three months.

Q. Can you describe the process for us, how do you prepare?
David Schwimmer: It’s like throwing on an old comfortable jacket. Become that character, and give them everything you’ve got. By the end of the day you are totally exhausted. Your voice is gone, you are just tired.

Q. But then you get a break for a while, right?
David Schwimmer: Yes. The next day you go on to the next thing. And it’s not until they call again that you will have to get back into that character.

Q. What else do you have going on right now?
David Schwimmer: There are a couple of things I have in development as a director. Two films and one play I will be directing with my company in Chicago.

Q. And what acting jobs do you have lined up?
David Schwimmer: On the acting side, I just did a little guest thing with Lisa Kudrow on her show Web Therapy, and I just did the movie The Iceman. And I will be doing a play off Broadway this summer.

Q. You have become a father as well. What’s it like being a dad?
David Schwimmer: I am having a blast. It’s everything my friends said it would be and more. And I am laughing every day. It’s deeply fulfilling. It brings you closer to your partner as well. I am in that loving period right now.

Q. Would you be interested in doing a Friends movie?
David Schwimmer: We’ve been asked to do a film, but I just don’t see a good reason. I liked how the show ended. Moving beyond that just sounds a little disingenuous to me.

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Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is released on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, February 11, 2013.