However, situations like these are not just held to manic episodes in public. Sometimes, Cage will also voice strange things during interviews, like he did in a recent online chat with fans over on Empire magazine's website. Thanks to the number of wacky things uttered by the "Ghost Rider" star during this Q&A, Moviefone now presents, The 7 Most Ridiculous Things Said By Nic Cage In His Empire Interview.
(Seriously, the only thing that could top them would be Cage doing a rendition of LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" on live radio. Oh, wait.)
On his character in "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" "He is a spirit of death but he loves children; he's very lustful, so he's a conflict in forces"
On how his costume in "Ghost Rider" helped him believe he was the Ghost Rider "On my costume, my leather jacket, I would sew in ancient, thousands-of-years-old Egyptian relics, and gather bits of tourmaline and onyx and would stuff them in my pockets to gather these energies together and shock my imagination into believing that I was augmented in some way by them, or in contact with ancient ghosts. I would walk on the set looking like this, loaded with all these magical trinkets, and I wouldn't say a word to my co-stars or crew or directors. I saw the fear in their eyes, and it was like oxygen to a forest fire. I believed I was the Ghost Rider."
On his critics There is a school of though that says if you piss the critics off, you're probably doing something right -- and all of my heroes, whether it be in music or painting or cinema, have pissed the critics off.
On his favorite line in his career "There's a movie I made with my brother called 'Deadfall,' where I say, "Vive la fucking France, man!" That's one of my favorites."
On visiting a haunted forest while making "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" "I went to the Bermuda Triangle of forests, known as the Hoia-Baciu Forest, and I went for a drive through the forest and saw a man who was just walking amongst the trees, and I asked him a question, I rolled down the window and said, 'Do you live here?' He said yes. I said, 'Is this forest haunted?' He didn't answer for about a minute, he just looked at me and said, 'Yes.' I said, 'By what?' and he said, 'Have you seen the floating people with no legs?' I said, 'Not yet, but I hope to real soon.'"
On his most "mentally taxing" role "I think that 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' was mentally taxing, if only because I had to go to a Christmas party shortly after I had wrapped photography in Romania at two in the morning as the Ghost Rider. The invitation had a Christmas ornament on it with Ghost Rider's face on it as a tree. I had a couple of schnapps and went to the party; I had not entirely let go of whatever magic I had been channeling, and all hell broke lose. In fact, I think I kept saying over and over, 'Merry Christmas you assholes!' I am lucky I'm not in a Romanian prison."
On characters he would consider revisiting and directors he'd like to work with "I would like to hook up with one of the great Japanese filmmakers, like the master that made Ringu, and I would like to take The Wicker Man to Japan, except this time he's a ghost."