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John Leguizamo & Justin Long: Walking With Dinosaurs

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It was easy, but it was also difficult.  That's what Justin Long says about providing the voice of Patchi the young pachyrhinosaurus in the new movie, "Walking With Dinosaurs."

"It was restrictive in that we only had a limited screen time to work with, to insert the dialogue, but it was easier and liberating in the sense that you got to see the mouths moving. So you got to make stuff up, I mean there was funny stuff written, but we got to play with what was there. We got to play with the dialogue and insert whatever we wanted in the allotted time. It presented obstacles but it was also somewhat freeing to make up your own stuff. It was kind of like that movie "What's Up Tiger Lily," that Woody Allen movie or "Mystery Science Theater" where we had the freedom to plug in whatever came up.

These aren't your grandfather's dinosaurs, adds co-star John Luguizamo, who plays a prehistoric parrot.  "There's a lot of newly discovered dinosaurs in this movie where one is the Pachyrhinosaurus that Justin Long plays and I play an Alexornis that they found in Mexico. It's the first reptilian bird, kind of like the first parrot."

And there is a message, Justin says.  Actually, a couple. "I think one is the classic "believe in yourself" and your kind of inner will and strength will persevere over great physical and emotional odds. I think it's just finding yourself and finding your own inner strength. Because the guy I play is a little runt and is the underdog, so it's overcoming the odds and you'll figure it out."

Justin Long and John Leguizamo join Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone on Good Day L.A.

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