Craig Ferguson: dragon slayer

Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:18pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Craig Ferguson has conquered television stars and grappled with politicians, and it seems natural his next targets are an anxious father and a fire-breathing dragon -- in the movies, that is.

Ferguson, the host of celebrity talk program "The Late Late Show," is the voice of a Viking blacksmith in animated movie "How to Train Your Dragon" opening in U.S. theaters on Friday, and perhaps surprisingly, he said his new role is not too far removed from his TV program's brand of late-night upheaval.

"I take big powerful people and I attack them," Ferguson told Reuters.

"My job is to find the politicians and the presidents and the pompous people who are telling other people how to live, powerful, visible creatures and ... go at them," he said.

Among the politicians with whom Ferguson has tangled on his show are former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, one-time speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and former Mexican president Vincente Fox.

That's not too shabby for the 47-year-old -- a former punk rocker who abandoned music for comedy, eventually found fame on TV, settled down, and is now married with an 8 year-old son.

In "How to Train Your Dragon," Ferguson's Gobber teaches a teenager named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) how to slay dragons and, hopefully, keep all his limbs -- a task that Gobber failed at. He has only one hand and one foot.

But lack of maneuverability is not Gobber's biggest problem. Hiccup is a feeble young fellow, the son of a mighty Viking leader and great dragon slayer, Stoick (Gerard Butler).   Continued...