Ed Helms: I asked for a part in The Lorax

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An animated adventure film that follows a 12-year-old boy as he searches for the one thing that will allow him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, a grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. Featuring the voices of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron & Taylor Swift.
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.