Nicolas Cage interview
Are you aware of the fact that your photo is on the cover of a Serbian biology textbook for 8th graders (showing him the photo of the book)? One would assume the image is supposed to portray a happy family, but it’s actually a film still from brothers Coen’s Raising Arizona where you and Holly Hunter kidnap the kid.
I don’t know why I’m on a cover of a biology textbook. I don’t know what the story behind it is, but it’s a nice picture. Holly and I seem to be getting along very well there and there is a little baby. That’s cute.
Would you say that you are still as passionate as you were as a young actor?
More so. My goal is to return to independently spirited drama where I came from. I more than ever feel the need to reinvent myself. I had a wonderful opportunity with David Gordon Green to work on a movie called Joe, we both got to dig deep on that together, it’s a very dark movie. Than Scott Walker’s The Frozen Ground is a movie I did with John Cusack – it’s a true story about an Alaskan serial killer who John plays and the cop who arrested him. This guy was actually hunting women as if they were animals in the snow. It’s a terrifying story. Both film makers really care, they are both young, enthusiastic and I am excited to work with them, so I am still passionate.
Why do you feel that you have to reinvent yourself?
You always have to. Once I asked David Bowie how do you always do it, how do you do this, how do you always come up with a new sound. He said because I just never got comfortable. I took those words to heart because I knew what he meant. You can’t get comfortable. If you listen to prays any more than you listen to criticism you can get too comfortable doing one thing, and if you listen to criticism you can get it personally and shut down as if you have had a verbally abusive father. So you can’t listen to either, you just can listen to your instrument.
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