"The late Bernie Mac, he was an amazing presence. Obviously, he's a really funny guy. I felt such a connection with him, it's so sad. I felt such a connection with him, it's so sad 'cause I wouldn't work with him in the studio, but I'd hear his dialogue – I just love him in this character. I felt such a connection to him as a dad in this movie. There's a warmth to him and he's really funny too," Stiller says of the stellar cast. "Alec Baldwin he's one of a kind. He's got such a great voice and a great sense of humor. He can play this serious nature, but still gets the comic side of it all."
"Then, the locals tell him that he's acquired this disease. He's completely sure he's going to die. Some pretty dramatic things happen to Melman in this one in terms of he thinks he's going to die. He tries to sacrifice himself to save Gloria and everyone. He confesses his love to Gloria. There's a big love story in it for him as well. He's conquers a few of his own fears. It's a big event-filled movie for Melman. In this film Melman has an arch rival named Moto-Moto (Will.I.Am). It's a big sexy male hippo that is vying for Gloria's affections. He's threatening because he's a hippo and I'm a giraffe. She's a hippo so you think she'll probably go with him. But…Melman overcomes a few obstacles."
"Each of the actors improvises a lot," Schwimmer says of his comedic co-stars. "So, I've read the script, but I have no idea. Half the material comes from the moment – improvisation. When you have actors like Chris and Ben and Sasha Baron Cohen riffing through things, I'm can't wait to see what will end up on screen."
"Everyone gets to really play and have fun. It's freeing when it's not your face up there. You lost a kind of self-conscious in a way. You just go for it. Each of the people in this movie knocks it out of the park."
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