Nicolas cage had a pretty interesting acting career. He has a long list of films on his CV, some of them are good and some are bad and forgettable. Cage got to the point in his career that he was making big Hollywood movies, and all of a sudden he wasn’t. He’s started appearing in those low budget movies, and he’s recently had a series of great ones that bring out the fun and wild side of Cage!
So why did Cage leave Hollywood to star in these low budget movies? In a recent interview with Variety, speaking about his new film, Pork, he explains:
“I feel like I’ve stepped into my own wilderness and left the small town of Hollywood. I’m not sure exactly why Rob left his fame. It’s never fully explained, and I like it in the movie. But as for me, I don’t know if I would want to go back. I don’t know if I would like to go do another Disney movie. It would be terrifying. It’s a whole different climate. There is a lot of fear there.
He is absolutely right. I also don’t think I would want to see Cage resort to starring in another Disney movie. I love what he does these days! He then explained the high pressure game of making great Hollywood movies by saying:
“When I was doing Jerry Bruckheimer movies back to back, it was just a high pressure game. There were a lot of fun moments, but at the same time, there was also ‘We wrote that line. You have to put it that way. They would put you a camera and photograph you, and order you, “Now say the line of roller skate training wheels.” I would say, “I’ll do it, but I would like to too. try it that way. “On independent films you have more freedom to experiment and be fluid. There is less pressure and there is more oxygen in the room.
He then spoke about his journey to break the mold of acting and find the talent in him to try new things that are outside the box:
“I wanted to remind myself and also remind some people maybe in the audience or in the media that I could apply myself to a much more calm and measured style of performance as well. I had gone on this tear, almost mission, to kind of break the form with the performance of the film and what was considered a good performance being naturalist or photo-realistic or minimalist.
He then went on to talk about the crazy acting game he played, saying:
“It created a kind of culture of what we called ‘Cage rage’. I’m glad he landed. I’m glad it communicated. I’m glad there was an identity there that I shared with other movie people who were interested.
I just hope Cage continues to do more of what he’s currently doing with the films he chooses to be a part of. They might not be big Hollywood movie hits, but they’ve certainly been good and entertaining.