He recently talked about putting the purr in Puss and whether he's planning to work again with his wife, Melanie Griffith, 46, whom he first met on the set of 1996's Too Much. He later directed her in the 1999 comedy Crazy in Alabama.
So, is this the first time you've ever done a voiceover role?
We take it you had a little bit of Zorro in mind for Puss in Boots?
What do you think?
Did they ask you to do that?
I think the first idea they had for the character was a Musketeer – with a French accent. Obviously, when they called me, they rejected that idea. After 14 years here, I think that every American recognizes, "Oh, that's him." It's my accent. It wasn't that clear at the beginning that it was going to be so much a Zorro spoof. It's something that grew during the process.
What did you think when you saw Shrek 2 for the first time?
I was amazed. They showed me on TV there and I was just laughing and amazed at how well the animation was done.
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Very much. I think that comedy is one of the more serious things that you can do in our day, especially in the world that we're living in. We have to provide the people with good entertainment that has a soothing effect, especially after everything else that we're watching on TV these days. So, I consider comedy a very serious thing and I take it very seriously.
Are you training for Zorro 2 yet?
I'm going to start Zorro, the new one, on July 26 in Mexico. It's a beautiful story, more mature than the first one. The concepts are mature like jealousy and relationship between father and son, and it's quite different than the first one. It's going to have the adventure and it's going to have the comedy, too.