He fractions mind like no other actor and now, at 54, obtains himself single for the first time in years. He talks about fatherhood, family and trying to deliver genuinely groundbreaking performances
Nicolas Cage is the greatest American actor working today, full stop. Not very long ago, such a claim would have got you laughed out of the chamber. Simply Cage superfans said such things; in the eyes of the rest of the world, well, sure, he was able to routine- he did triumph the 1996 Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas, after all- but he was too eccentric, very laughably over the top, only too damn Cage-y to be taken seriously.
Ever since I viewed him in his 1980 s humors- Peggy Sue Got Married, Moonstruck and Raising Arizona- in which he played, respectively, a nasal-voiced teddy son, an opera-loving baker and a cartoonish ex-con- I have been a Cage superfan. I had never seen anyone act like him before- wildly mannered but always heartfelt- and there was something about his fearless careen towards the ludicrous to reaches something unique, and maybe even glorious, that struck me as inspiring. If actors were pop chants, Cage would be Bohemian Rhapsody. As a shy 10 -year-old, I would perform his lofty discussions and even more extravagant gesticulates from Moonstruck in front of the mirror: ” I ain’t no freaking shrine to justice !”~ ATAGEND I would holler, elevating my limb to the sky. It felt eliciting. But thanks to the endless schlocky fright movies he makes these days, read in conjunction with all those internet supercuts gathering his notorious “Cage Rage” freak-outs from various movies (” Nicolas Cage’s Cagiest Moments !”), he is too often regarded as, if not exactly a guilty please, then at least an sarcastic one. And it was difficult debate the genius of a serviceman who crowds his CV with movies such as Season of the Witch and Ghost Rider.
But attitudes ought to have altering. Ever since his magnetic act in Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans in 2009, re-evaluations have been written with headlines like Is Nicolas Cage Actually the Most Brilliant Actor of Our Time ?, by journalists presumably too young to remember that Cage long ago confirmed this in movies such as David Lynch’s Wild at Heart. In a 2013 Reddit Ask Me Anything, Ethan Hawke confirmed that he, extremely, is a Cage superfan:” He’s the only actor since Marlon Brando that’s actually done anything new with the artwork of acting; he’s successfully taken us away from an infatuation with naturalism into a kind of show style of playing that I dream was popular with the age-old troubadors .”
Cage and I convene on a sunny epoch in the restaurants sector of the Savoy Hotel in London. He is dressed formally in a grey-haired clothing and tie-up, but his face is friendly.” What’s with all this SUN? I was hoping for London fog and GLOOM ,” he says in his distinctive, lilting articulation. These epoches Cage lives in” well, the ROMANTIC way to apply it would be the Mojave desert, but the CRUDE way of saying it is I live in Las Vegas “. He moved there a decade ago for, he quietly declares, the preferably crude reason of Nevada not having any government imposition,” which was helpful at the time “.
Cage famously blew the fortune he made in 90 s blockbusters The Rock, Face/ Off and Con Air on , among other things, some fabulously eccentric real estate properties purchases around the world, including a palace in Somerset. The castle has since been sold but he still has a shack near Glastonbury, having been urged to check out the town by someone he describes as” my logic educator “.
” She visualized there was something extremely ARTHURIAN about me – why, I don’t know- and I disappeared and I fell in love with the place. Glastonbury town is like treading into a parcel of TAROT placards: on the one line-up you have very ancient Christianity, on the other side you have pagan book stores, and someone’s barking about God in the middle of wall street. It’s like an Ingmar BERGMAN movie, and I adore it ,” he says.
He has two chunky reverberates on his thumbs: a pulley-block of Tanzanite from Somerset and a tiger from Vegas,” So I ever have Glastonbury and Las Vegas with me ,” he says, smiling lovingly at this hand.
We are here today to talk about his latest cinema, Mandy, directed by Panos Cosmatos, and if your thought of Cage these days is of someone who spends his talent in niche repugnance movies most people won’t see, well, Mandy will not change your imagination. Enclosure is unbelievably watchable as the devastated lumberjack, Red, who sets out to retaliate the deaths among his lover( Andrea Riseborough) at the hands of a sect commander( Linus Roache ). But Adaptation it is not. Does he do these smaller movies because they give him the room to experiment with his, shall we say, unique style of acting?
” Absolutely. I like to break forms, try different things, and I don’t think studios are cozy with that. But in an independently spirited film, I can do that. Likewise, if I don’t have somewhere to go in the morning and a job well done, it can be very self-destructive. Then I’m just going to sit and order two bottles of red wine and terminate, and I don’t want to be that person, so I have to work ,” he says. After this interview, he says, he has to learn wires for three upcoming films.
Perhaps it is this work ethic that has saved him so healthy. Unlike most other actors who have been around for four decades, and despite his reputation as a humankind of extremes, there have never been any substance-abuse scandals or allegations of burnout.