First Look at Hank Azaria as Gargamel in The Smurfs

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 3:22 am,

The Smurfs is one of the more interesting films coming out next year (and by interesting I mean it has the potential to be good or really, really bad). Besides the fact that it’s coming out in 3D, which is always hit-or-miss, the movie boasts a wildly diverse cast including Anton Yelchin and Fred Armisen, as well as pop singer Katy Perry, Glee star Jayma Mays, and Hank Azaria.

Among those names, the person I’m most interested in seeing is Hank Azaria as the Smurfs’ arch-nemesis, Gargamel. Azaria has long been one of my favorite supporting actors and I think that if anyone can help The Smurfs find success in the frequently flimsy family comedy genre, it would be him.

Recently, Splash News (via Coming Soon) released the first image of Hank Azaria dressed in his Gargamel gear while filming a scene in New York City. Take a look at one of the three images below.

Wow. Words fail me right now. I mean, come on. You can see the bald cap peeling off his head! Hopefully, the photographer just caught Azaria in an off-camera moment and someone on set actually fixed that before they started filming.

Beyond the wonky bald cap, Azaria looks decent. The nose, teeth, and eyebrows are probably the most significant features of Gargamel’s face and they seem to be recreated here (though I’m still underwhelmed by this picture). Hopefully he will make up for the so-so look of the character with his top-notch comic chops.

What do you think of Hank Azaria as Gargamel? Does he look like the Gargamel you know and love from The Smurfs cartoon?

The Smurfs hits theaters on August 3, 2011.

Source: Coming Soon

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  1. Holy crap je makes an awesome gargamel!lol

  2. Does the world really need a live action Smurfs movie?!

  3. Dang! That's one heck of a makeover for a film based off a classic children's show,lol. I may have to take my niece and nephew as a excuse for me to see the movie.

  4. HEHEHAHAHAHAHA!!!! He'd better have that silly husky laugh down pat. I wonder who they'll get for the ugly witch with the wort on her nose who always competed with Gargamel? BUT really though,WHAT'S NEXT, THE SNORKS?!

  5. Chuck Norris knows the way to the Smurtf´s village.

  6. snorks movie would be awsome

  7. “Runs under a rock!”

  8. He kinda looks like an overweigt Gargamel. Maybe it's just a bad shot. He needs a longer nose though

  9. Hell no, but they're gonna make it anyway lol.

  10. I never thought this movie would have any hope at all. But this actually looks… okay… O_O

  11. When I see Iggy Pop I think of giraffe in tree so I give you picture of giraffe in tree.… You like? Eh? Subscribe my one-joke Borat page and I give you mores.

  12. All I know is that YOHAN & PEE WEE had better have a sub-story in it too!!!!!!

  13. He looks like a good Gargamel,but why the Smurf would they make this movie?(sorry,I just had to do it)

  14. Are we there yet Papa Smurf?

    LOL i used to love wathing them as a kid.

  15. Should have been SCTV’s Joe Flaherty.

  16. Katy Perry as Smurfette, awesome! Jonothan Winters as Papa Smurf, even better! It’s got a good cast…but I also hope they caught Azaria in an off camera moment, because Gargamel was a bastard, I hope they don’t cutesy him up as Azaria’s facial expression suggests! He was trying to eat the smurfs, if Iremember right, they better not PC the crap outta this movie to make it safe for all the kids on ridalin!!!

  17. I wasn’t sure of this but when my 3 yr old seen preveiws for the smurfs movie at the begining of Toy story 3 now he cant wait to see this movie, and thats all this really matters , i mean its made for kids alota people should remember that

  18. i think this is going to be a good movie to see.i like the idea of hank playing gargamel who is the smurfs worst enemy.he would add a little comedy to the character.johnathan winters voice is papa smurf.winters is a great comedian.perfect cast.although katy perry as smurfette.i rather see someone like jennifer love hewitt do the voice for smurfette.

  19. other ones who would make a great gargamel.wallace shawn,rowen atkinson,martin short or jim carrey.