08/06/2013 01:59 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Hank Azaria Tells Larry King He Worried Gay Community Would Be Offended By 'Birdcage'

Hank Azaria has been making the talk show rounds to promote his role as Gargamel in "The Smurfs 2," and he recently sat down for a personal talk with Larry King on the iconic broadcaster's new show, "Larry King Now."

During the discussion, Azaria, who is also known for voicing a host of characters on "The Simpsons," addressed his breakout role as the Guatemalan houseboy in the gay classic "The Birdcage."

When King asks Azaria if he was "hesitant" about playing an overtly flamboyant gay character, Azaria responds, "'Hesitant' is too mild of a word... not only could I be offending all gay people... but is the character going to work? Is it funny?"

Azaria claims he's never personally received any negative feedback from the gay community about his performance, but what do you think? Twenty years after the movie, do you find the stereotypes in the movie to be offensive? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

"Larry King Now" can be seen on Hulu and Ora TV.



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