Talk­ing to the an­i­mals

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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.

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