It’s all about Quasimodo this week!
Ever wonder what the piously buoyant protagonist might have sounded like had he been blessed with a different set of pipes? Perhaps from someone more… swordsman-like?
I’m talking, of course, about the infamous character Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride.
If you didn’t know that, I suggest you take a long, hard look at your life choices. >:[
Ok, so, obviously Montoya wouldn’t be able to voice Quasimodo. I’m talking about the real-life-human who played him… Mandy Patinkin!
The role was offered to Patinkin, who was eager to take the job. However, one of Patinkin’s favorite actors is Charles Laughton, who, for all you movie buffs out there, played the original Quasimodo in the 1939 live-action movie. Patinkin was ready to bring that darker version to life, but we’re talking Disney, people! The producers of The Hunchback of Notre Dame wanted to create the character to be more friendly. This was ultimately the deciding factor which brought Patinkin to decline the offer.
“They had their own Disney needs,” Patinkin told the Los Angeles Times.
Although I love me some Princess Bride references, I can’t pretend to be upset that the actual voice-actor ended up being Tom Hulce. You know, the adorably silly Academy Award nominee guy from Amadeus (one of my favorite movies ever!). His voice was perfect-o and he really was just a super cute-pie!
Ya see… it all works out in the end. Take the Muses from Hercules. Originally, they were going to have the Spice Girls voice the articulate-ladies. I’m a 90’s kid and all, but I got to say, that just would not have fit in as well. Sorry Baby, Sporty, Scary, Posh, and Ginger. I gotta tell ya what I want, and what I really, really want, is for you to stay out of animation.