Nicolas Cage Interview

Nicolas Cage Interview

NICK CAGE ISN’T SLOWING DOWN.

On a 105 degree summer day in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nicolas Cage admits, “People want to talk to me about Leaving Las Vegas all the time.  They either say, ‘It’s one of those movies that makes me never want to have another cocktail again.  Or they tell me, ‘I just watched that movie and now I’m saying, ‘I’ll have another cocktail!’”

Nicolas Cage Interview | Nick Cage Oliver Stone| ACT TWOHis new movie The Runner, now in wide release and on streaming, is also garnering talk.  The film is set in the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill where Cage’s idealistic-but-flawed politician is forced to deal with his dysfunctional life after his career is rocked by a sex scandal.

It’s only a slew of many films on the horizon for the 51-year-old icon who also stars for Oliver Stone in the upcoming Snowden about CIA employee Edward Snowden who leaked thousands of classified documents to the media.

Q: You live such a regular life in Vegas.  Fans talk about seeing you on the next treadmill at the gym.

A: “I just came from the gym.  I go there every morning.  It’s one of my daily rituals.  In fact, I just got back from Alabama from shooting and hit the gym in the morning.  It just gets you in the right head space.”

Q: What do you like about living in Vegas?

A: “You know, it’s been nice for my family and I’ve met some good friends in Vegas.  Certainly, I’ve been to some wonderful shows there with great musical groups.  I’ve even had the chance to make some good friendships with recording artists.  I love Vegas because something is always happening there.  It’s one of the few cities besides New York where you can always do something.  As for the weather, it’s amazing how it can be so hot and so cold in one place.  The desert cold is intense in the winter, but I’m used to it.”

Q: Tell us about playing a politico in The Runner.  What does the movie say about how we live to find dirt on our elected officials?  It’s always hunting season.

A: “That’s what drew me to it.  It was an opportunity with this film to reflect what I see happening at a high rate of speed with these politicians.  They enjoy a little bit of success and then get derailed by their own personal issue.  Suddenly, everything is snowballing in the media.  This is a fictional politician that I’m playing and we’re living through him to see what happens with some real politicians whose names we won’t mention.”

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Q: He’s a far quieter character for you, Nicolas Cage.

A: “It was a chance to express a more quiet style of filmmaking after some films where I was able to show a more operatic style.  With a more quiet character, I was able to return to a more emotionally naked and quiet style of performance.  I started doing that with the film Joe, which I also enjoyed making.”

Q: Audiences love when you go over the top.

A: “I’ve explored mentally disturbed characters and done work in horror and fantasy genres.  You can do an extreme performance style if you’re playing a drug-addled cop or a character who has sold his soul to the devil and thus his head bursts into flames.  A flaming skull is reason to go over the top!  It’s fun and it works.  Now having done that, I wanted to get back to a more quiet film style.”

Q: What was it like to work with Peter Fonda in The Runner?

A: “What a great actor, plus I really care about Peter.  He has got those eyes that just break your heart.  They have a sadness in them.  You don’t have to act with Peter.  You just feel it.  He made my job so much easier as I tried to get to the truth of the scene.”

Q: Politicians and movie stars seem to live their lives on the gossip pages.  You’ve been a celebrity for so long.  How do you cope?

A: “The advent of the TMZ culture has even found its way into film commentary.  In the old days of Ebert and Pauline Kael, a review was about the movie.  Whatever was happening with the actor would have never infiltrated a review.  Now it sells.  It’s part of the film commentary.  Sad.”

Q: You’ve acted for over three decades.  How do you feel about the craft?

A: “I do love it.  I’ve been at it a while now.  I started acting wanting to be James Dean.  Sadly, we lost him at 24.  I’m going to be 52 now.  There are only so many times you can channel him in a career.  Now, I stay excited about the craft and look to other sources to inspire me—like music, art and painting.  If you can evoke a certain emotion with painting, why not try to do that through acting?”

 

by Cindy Pearlman

CINDY PEARLMAN CHATS WITH THE STARS ABOUT LOOKING, THINKING AND FEELING GREAT AFTER 50.  She is a nationally syndicated entertainment and beauty writer and co-author of The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets and The Black Book of Hollywood Diet Secrets.  Cindy’s STARDUST column appears in ACT TWO weekly.  Send your beauty questions to CindyLPearlman@yahoo.com.

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