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David loves being a giraffe

hollywood Updated: Jun 08, 2012 01:28 IST

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In the third installment of the Madagascar franchise, titled, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, actor David Schwimmer has once again given his voice for Melman, the hypochondriac giraffe, and he says that he can relate to the character because of its vulnerability.

“When I was first approached for the role and told about the story of the ‘zoo-sters’, I wondered which one I was going to be. When I was told about the giraffe, I was really relieved because I’ve had an affinity toward the animal. I feel it is so vulnerable. Even though it is quite graceful and majestic, it is just a big easy target in the animal kingdom,” says the 45-year-old.

When asked how it feels to do voice-overs, the actor, who is remembered for playing Ross in American sitcom, Friends, says, “It’s challenging because you are using your imagination to create the whole scene. Sometimes, you have another actor they bring in just to cue you and read the dialogue, but it’s never the same.”