His life has all the time been stuffed with animals, together with the two-headed snake he gave to a zoo and a pair of king cobras, Moby and Sheba, who, he as soon as mentioned, gave the impression to be attempting to hypnotize him. The Cage menagerie presently consists of 5 canine, a fowl, some fish and a really giant cat, Merlin, whom he has usually described as his finest pal. “I feel Merlin favored it finest when it was simply the 2 of us,” he mentioned.
Cage, who has lastly settled his money owed and paid off the I.R.S., resists the notion that he has ever taken a task for cynical functions, or labored at a degree that was lower than 100%. That isn’t a universally held view. “Left Behind” (2014), for example, drew a 0 % Tomatometer ranking on Rotten Tomatoes. “Trying distractingly rubbery with a helmet of pretend, darkish hair, he appears to have been Photoshopped into the movie,” Christy Lemire wrote on RogerEbert.com, of Cage’s efficiency.
Cage acknowledged that not all the pieces labored, however mentioned that each movie he did all the time had not less than one scene, or one ingredient, that he might really feel happy with. “I need to go on document with one thing,” he mentioned. “No matter this notion or aura that the web or sure essential our bodies within the media might have taken, there may be an precise truth, in my view: No matter I needed to do to get out of debt, I did it with the identical degree of dedication I all the time had.”
He continued: “I stand by the work, and if on this film there have been sendups of it, like, ‘What occurred to you?’ the very fact is that I used to be capable of play ‘Nick Cage’ the best way I did as a result of I by no means stopped working. I stored practising and honing. I really feel nearer to my muse and my instrument now than I ever have.”
In a working joke within the film, folks maintain telling Cage that “he’s again.” He all the time responds: “Not that I went anyplace.”