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Nic interview in Metro

Here's an interview with Nic from Metro newspaper:

Nicolas Cage: I want to work with January Jones from Mad Men again

Actor Nicolas Cage, 46, won an Oscarin 1996 for his role in Leaving Las Vegas. His big break came in cult 1980s film Rumble Fish, directedby his uncle Francis Ford Coppola. He now stars in fantasy blockbuster The Sorcerers Apprentice.

Nicolas CageActor Nicolas Cage arrives at the "Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans" premier

You famously like mythology. Is that why you wanted to make The Sorcerers Apprentice?

Yes, and Im particularly interested in your countrys mythology. I wanted to find a way to present that in a family picture because family movies are the ones that make a difference, parents have something to look forward to sharing with their children and vice versa. Its like a ritual. So if I can do that it means no bloodshed, no bullets, no gratuitous violence but I can use magic and fantasy.

And arent you obsessed with King Arthur?

Yes, so I went to England and I went on something of a grail quest because I got pulled into the subconscious elements of the archetypes of the Arthurian mythologies. I went to Glastonbury and to Tintagel Castle. I went through Merlins cave and heard the waves crashing on the rocks. I was told if youre alone it starts to sound like voices and it did. It did sound like little fairies saying: Nic, Nic, Nic I knew it was the waves but it was trippy. And it really inspired me. It opened my imagination, which is what magic is all about.

You seem to be working in overdrive recently. Is that because of your current tax problems?

Well, I dont want to go into too much detail but for creative and personal reasons, somehow its just augmented and Im just going. But its good, its exciting. All the material is interesting. I havent made anything I dont believe in. Ive always started a movie with a song in my heart and even when Im a little unclear about it, something magical happens and it comes into focus in a way that Im feeling good about.

Anyone youve worked with recently whos blown your mind?

January Jones from Mad Men. I think shes going to be a very big movie star. She plays my wife in this film noir The Hungry Rabbit Jumps and shes just wonderful. In fact, I want to talk to her because I think we should work together again. Its a good chemistry and theres something about her thats compelling and dangerous to watch.

What was your motivation to become an actor?

An insane desire to try to be like James Dean in East Of Eden. And I think I became something else. But that was my awakening to the power of film acting. Up until then I was mostly watching Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson and Jason And The Argonauts, which I loved. But it was James Dean trying to give his father the money he got from selling the beans on his birthday and Raymond Massey saying no that broke my heart. I knew then the power of film and that it would move people more than any song or painting. I knew if I could do that as an actor then you could really do some good.

Didnt Dennis Hopper say James Dean was the greatest actor he ever worked with?

He did. And Dennis was someone I worked with and really liked as a man too, not only as an artist. He was always very interested in anything I might have been thinking, even when I was a kid. I remember meeting Dennis in San Francisco at the first screening of Apocalypse Now when I was 11 years old and the whole cast was there. Marlon [Brando] kind of looked at me and said hi but Dennis really took an interest. I can remember him talking to me then about Prokofievs opera The Love For Three Oranges.

You told me a few years ago that you dont sit around having margaritas by your pool because that wouldnt be productive. Do you feel the same way now?

Ive always sort of been that way. I dont mind the idea of luxuriating by the pool with a nice ****tail, its just that nows not the time.

The Sorcerers Apprentice is in cinemas from today.


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