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INTERVIEWS/REVIEWS: Tom McGrath, Eric Darnell HollywoodNewsWire.net  "Madagascar Escape 2 Africa"  photo
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Oct 25, 2008
Tom McGrath & Eric Darnell - Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Q1: Could you talk about the character development process?
TM: It comes from the first movie . . . the scene where the crates get washed overboard and there's a storm at sea, and it seemed really boring, and I had this idea that maybe penguins, through a clerical error, were shipped to Africa and ??? take over the ship. And in pitching that, it just came - I was thinking like - if you buy into that the character had a personality like Robert Stack or Charlton Heston - so it just came originally like barking orders -YOU! QUIET. CAN YOU READ?
And then, you know, Eric and I found ways to put him more in the story, and their part just got bigger. And it's really just like a poor man's version of Robert Stack doing Charlton Heston doing Peter Graves.

Q2: Were you a great fan of Airplane...
TM: A big fan of Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes because he's the ??? guy on the planet. Just joking around and imitating him, e...

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