Simon Pegg provides the voice for Reepicheep, the mouse warrior in The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, the third Narnia movie that hits theaters today, but he wasn't the first choice for the character. Or even the second. So what happened?
Reepicheep had actually appeared in the previous film in the series, Prince Caspian, with Eddie Izzard providing the voice, but director Michael Apted had other ideas about the character. The problem was, as he told New York Magazine's Vulture blog, the producers had other ideas to his other ideas:
I wanted to change Eddie because I wanted the voice to be older and have a bit more attitude to it, and so I went to Bill Nighy and I thought he did a good job, but the studio didn't like it. They thought his voice was too old and I tried it twice with Bill because he's a terrific guy and he was upset. So we did it again and the studio still wasn't convinced by it, and I didn't want to put Bill through any more of that and we had to move on. We tried a lot of people, and Simon walked in and there was something about it that I liked -- I liked the vitality and subtlety of it -- so I did it with him. People responded to it and it worked out, but it was kind of an awkward [situation]. It was awkward for Eddie, it was awkward having to say to Bill that this wasn't going to work. I think Simon did well, but it was an awkward time for me.
Is it too much to ask that the DVD release will have Bill Nighy soundtrack options...?