Talking to the animals
Schwimmer says he ‘‘met giraffes in a zoo’’ to prepare for his role as the voice of Melman the giraffe (pictured) in Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. Schwimmer says he didn’t ‘‘hang out’’ with the animals to better understand them – he says his past experiences with giraffes served him well instead. ‘‘I have to confess I didn’t go all the way to Kenya to do research,’’ he says. ‘‘I felt like I had enough preparation having seen and met a few giraffes in the zoo.’’ Schwimmer laughs about the impact his lessserious roles have on younger audiences. ‘‘I just came from an interview with four 10 or 12-year-old girls who had really intelligent and interesting questions. That threw me for a loop,’’ he says. ‘‘It is funny that we get into deep conversations about a film like Madagascar 3, which is really just meant for everyone to have a blast.’’ Schwimmer, 45, has a oneyear-old daughter, Cleo. He hopes she appreciates his work when she gets a little older. ‘‘I really do look forward to showing her the films one day and for her to make that connection, ‘Oh my God that giraffe sounds like my Daddy!’ That’s going to be really fun,’’ he says.