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August 7, 1998
Source: Reuters/Variety

Hank Azaria circling 'Mystery Men'

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Hank Azaria, last seen on the big screen trampled in "Godzilla," is in final talks to play the Blue Raja in upcoming "The Mystery Men" for Universal Pictures.

Paul Reubens (formerly known as Pee-wee Herman) and Claire Forlani also are in discussions for the picture about a band of misfit superheroes forced into a final confrontation with archrival Casanova Frankenstein, played by Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush ("Shine").

The film is being directed by Kinka Usher. "Fargo" co-star William H. Macy was reported earlier this week to be in final negotiations to play one of the not-so-superheroes.

Azaria recently wrapped production on "The Cradle Will Rock," opposite Susan Sarandon, John Cusack and Vanessa Redgrave.

He will next be seen in "Mystery, Alaska," the David E. Kelley-scripted comedy. Azaria's other credits include "The Birdcage," with Robin Williams.

Earlier this week, Azaria was selected to receive an Emmy for his voiceover performance as convenience store operator on "The Simpsons," for which he also does the characters Chief Wiggam, Moe and Dr. Nick Riviera.