Cinematical was recently given the opportunity to chat with Nicolas Cage while he was busy promoting his upcoming film 'Season of the Witch,' and while the bulk of our interview will be saved until closer toward the film's release this coming January 7th, we wanted to share a portion of it with you today.
After chatting about, among many things, what kind of genre the film -- which stars Cage as a knight tasked with escorting to a monastery a woman who is thought to have been a witch that caused the bubonic plague -- is and why exactly it's had a rocky road to release, we had a few moments to talk about the actor's career, how people perceive him (he seems to have a great sense of humor about videos like Nicolas Cage Losing His Sh*t) and just how crazy 'Ghost Rider 2' is going to be.
In particular, when that last topic was brought up, his voice took on the kind of tone a kid gets when they've just been given a new toy they can't wait to show off. Between his noticeable excitement and his description of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who are directing the film this time around, I think it's safe to say that 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' is going to be a huge, most likely insane (in the best of ways) departure from the first film.
How do you feel about how some of your characters and roles have been taken lately as ironic? I don't know how in tune with online pop culture you are, but you've been at the heart of a number of products of a remix culture lately.
I think it's exciting. I want people to discover my movies and however they chose to receive it is their business. I can't help but be a little flattered by it and thankful for it.
I think in a way a lot of your roles and films operate on a time delay that takes most people a while to catch onto--
--but you also seem like someone who doesn't particularly mind that it takes a while for people to be in on it.
I would agree with that. I think a movie or a performance has to find its own life. All my favorite people in media, whether its film or painting or music, are people who have had to be rediscovered or needed a bit of time to help frame their work. Some things mature better and are more appealing when you get a few years on them. I know I've enjoyed and even really love some of the work from the '50s and early '60s...
The acting in some of the TV shows then, like the 'Outer Limits,' for me, has matured incredibly well. I'm amazed at the quality of acting in those early television shows. It's not really there any more in contemporary acting. You have people like Rober Colt and Cliff Robertson and that took a while for people to take to.
Shifting gears for a minute as we run out of time, and since I believe you're filming it right now, how is 'Ghost Rider' coming along?
'Ghost Rider' is coming along incredibly well. I am so excited about working with Neveldine and Taylor. Mark Neveldine is combination stuntman, camera operator, director-- I've never seen anyone do things with a camera that he does. He's got rollerblades he's on, he's hanging from wires-- he's completely original.
And Brian Taylor is someone who has an encyclopediac knowledge of film. You can talk about almost any movie with him. We were just talking about Michael Powell's 'Peeping Tom' and it's quite incredible to go from 'War of the Gatgantuas' to 'Peeping Tom' within the same conversation. He has a real kind of philosophical look at things. It's definitely going to be an all new experience.
Purely from a fanboy perspective, since you are such a rabid fan of the character, what would you like to see in the new Superman?
I would like...yeah...that's a good question. I will probably hesitate on answering that one because I know when that hits the web it will be everywhere. I'll talk with you about that one off the record some time.