Ed Helms: I asked for a part in The Lorax

February 29th, 2012

Ed Helms says it was ''beyond a no-brainer'' to sign up for 'The Lorax'.

The 'Hangover' actor asked to be cast in the animated 3-D movie - an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' children's tale of environmental conservation - because he was such a big fan of the book when he was a kid.

Ed - who will voice the Once-ler in the film - said: ''It was beyond a no-brainer - it was something that I actively pursued. I grew up hearing the story of 'The Lorax' frequently.

''My mom was a huge Dr. Seuss fan and just read all of that stuff to us all of the time. 'The Lorax' was a favourite.

''When I heard they were gearing up development on 'The Lorax', I asked for a meeting and if there were any part in the movie where I might just fit in, no matter how big or small.''

The 38-year-old actor - who will star alongside Taylor Swift (Audrey), Zac Efron (Ted) and Danny DeVito (Lorax) in the movie - was ''floored and insanely excited'' when he was eventually told he had one the main parts in the film.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, he added: ''A couple of months went by and I didn't know what was going on. Then they called with that offer and I was floored and insanely excited.''

The film follows 12-year-old Ted as he sets out to find a real Truffula Tree in order to win over Audrey's affections, and on his journey he meets the Once-ler, who tells him all about the story of the Lorax.