In a podcast, Nicolas Cage looked back at his younger career and spoke about the opportunities that have opened up for him outside the Hollywood system.
In 1996, Nicolas Cage was at the height of his career: at the Academy Awards, the then 32-year-old was awarded the Oscar for best actor for his outstanding performance in Mike Figgis’ drama “Leaving Las Vegas”. In that year, Cage prevailed against brilliant comrades-in-arms like Anthony Hopkins and Sean Penn. It was not only the recognition of his talent, but also the recognition for his very special approach to acting. Its so-called „New Shamanic“As Cage describes his performance himself, he was able to incorporate the character of Ben Sanderson due to the nature of the drama, without this aspect being irritating as in other Cage films.
Cage maintained this balance between genius and madness, if you will, throughout his entire Hollywood career: not too exaggerated for the studio bosses, always looking for new nuances for the audience and looking for enough loopholes for himself not to be bored. For some other actors it would be a tightrope walk, but for Cage it would be easy, because the nephew of old master Francis Ford Coppola does not see his craft as acting, but as a natural reaction to the works to which he devotes himself. “I don’t act. I feel and I imagine and I let it flow, ”he said in an interview with the Time Magazine.
Nicolas Cage’s new film “Prisoners of the Ghostland” is available on Amazon on Blu-ray and DVD
Letting his natural urge flow is something Cage always did with caution in his Hollywood films. But then the moment came to finally free yourself from all commercial thoughts and fully develop yourself, like Cage in the Award Circuit Podcast by Variety let know:
“I knew after a series of flops that I had been pushed out of the studio system; And I wouldn’t be let in anymore I always knew that it took a young filmmaker who would remember some of the films I made and know that I was the right person for his / her script and would rediscover myself . And that’s exactly why he’s not just Michael, but the Archangel Michael. None of this would have happened had he not had the courage to say ‘Come with me’. “
Cage is talking about filmmaker Michael Sarnoski, who cast him for his film debut “Pig” in the role of dropout and truffle collector Rob. For the revenge drama, Cage has received exclusively positive reviews for the first time in many years. An ambitious work that may open new doors for him – maybe even one back to Hollywood. Hard to believe after there was a time when even die-hard fans must have wished that Nicolas Cage would simply retire. Just like the stars in our video.
Nicolas Cage’s career in the 2010s: Trash – rarely in a positive sense
After Cage was thrown out of the Hollywood system, he took – probably for financial reasons – countless, almost indiscriminately, roles in different works. Action, thriller, fantasy and horror: there was almost no genre that he didn’t try in the 2010s. The result is more than 40 films, some of which even he would have liked to delete from his résumé. But among them there are also pearls like “Kick-Ass” and “Joe – The revenge is his”.
But his Tour de Force had one thing: boredom never really came up. On the contrary, Cage used this phase to fully develop his “Nouveau Shamanic”, not just to act. In his eyes, the latter is tantamount to a lie anyway, according to Cage. In this way, Cage sees itself as water, as Bruce Lee once explained in his philosophy: “If you fill a cup with water, it becomes a cup. If you put it in a bottle, it becomes a bottle. If you fill it in a tea kettle, it becomes a tea kettle. Water can flow or destroy. Be water, my friend! “
And so Cage doesn’t describe himself as an actor, but as a “thespian”:
“It was my aunt Talia Shire who once told me, ‘Naturalism is a style.’ And I was a big believer in synchronicity […]. You know, in painting, for example, you can be abstract, you can be photorealistic, you can be impressionistic, why shouldn’t that also be possible with acting? “
With this in mind, perhaps one should look again at some of Cage’s more recent works? “Jiu Jitsu” and “Willy’s Wonderland” for example.
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