1. I would like to play Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo because of the character’s love of the ocean I share that with him.

  2. One of your most fascinating performances to me was as Big Daddy in Kick-Ass. When you were crafting that performance, was Adam West the biggest inspiration for your superhero persona, or were there other sources you felt you drew more heavily from?

  3. I would give it all to Adam West. I grew up watching him on the 60s Batman show and he is where it begins and where it ends as Big Daddy. I met Adam West once and I said “did you see I was channeling you?” and he said “I saw you TRY to channel me!”

  4. Ethan Hawke said that you're the first actor since Marlon Brando to do something new with the art of acting. Any thoughts on that?

  5. It’s very kind of Ethan to say so, as you may well know, I’ve worked with Ethan in Lord of War and have always been spellbound by his talent. I think many of the choices I’ve made have been inspired by film stars from the silent era as well as cultural expression of performance like Kabuki and some of the Golden Age actors like Cagney so I don’t know how to say I’ve done something new because those elements are always on my mind

  6. I would love to work with Christopher Nolan. I would love to work with Ari Aster, I would love to work with Robert Egger. Spike Lee too.

  7. I once went to an Italian restaurant in San Francisco about 25 years ago with Charlie Sheen because they had square tube pasta and he was very interested in trying square tube pasta and we did and we loved it so much we went back the next day to try it again.

  8. "Pig" was an absolutely incredible film, what drew you to that project, and why do you think that it struck a cord with so many people?

  9. Thank you. I was interested in returning to a more quiet, naturalistic style of film performance, having done a series of more operatic performance styles. The movie feels rather like a folk song to me or a poem, and the character of Rob was contending with tremendous grief and self imposed isolation and I think we as a group of people experiencing a pandemic in 2020-21 we’re probably also having similar feelings of loss and isolation and it communicated to a nerve we were all experiencing. It's one of my favorite movies, and it's probably my best work.

  10. Thank you to everyone who tuned into our chat this afternoon. It was a real pleasure for me to have some communication with all of you. As I’m sure you might know, I’m not normally on social media so it’s nice to meet you and to talk about all sorts of fun things, and especially the movies.

  11. Honestly, this has been one of the best AMA’s I have been a part of. Thanks for your thoughtful responses.

  12. I like that edit. It was a good AMA, the only thing that didn't feel coming from Nicholas was that marketing part about the film's release date. And then the comment was edited and "From Lionsgate" was added.

  13. I don’t even know why, but your answers in this AMA made me cry. So genuine and fucking INTERESTING as hell.

  14. This is an absolute longshot, but is there any chance that Lionsgate would be interested in remastering/releasing some of Nicolas Cage's older work? For instance, I'd love an official physical copy of the Best of Times pilot to add to my ongoing

  15. Honestly my opinion of Nic Cage was that he’s an eccentric human being, given his choice of movies. Now I think he’s a very decent human being, very friendly and doing good to people around him.

  16. Mr. Cage, you have been one of my favorite actors for my entire life. I cannot WAIT to see Unbearable weight of Massive Talent, multiple times in theaters when it comes out. I have two questions, both similar.

  17. That is so hard to answer. I will say that James Dean’s performance as Cal in East of Eden is largely the reason I became a film actor. His role in that is one of my favorite characters in cinema. But then we can go all the way to Rasputin or we can go to Dmitri Karamazov. Dmitri Karamazov is one my favorite characters in literature. I love him so much because he’s so happy and he has no money. He’s just living it up. He spent all his money trying to get the girl. I did the same thing once. I was very Dmitri Karamazov in high school. The most beautiful girl in high school who was a grade older than me invited me to the prom but I had no money. My grandmother gave each of us a little bond. My older brother bought a car. My second oldest brother bought some stereo equipment. And I splashed out on a chauffeur-driven limousine, a tuxedo and a four course meal at Le Dome on Sunset blvd. The car was $2000, the stereo was $2000, and my prom night was $2000 and man, that was money well spent. THAT’s Dmitri Karamazov.

  18. It’s a good question, albeit a difficult question because everything I do ultimately informs my work. But if I had to make a list, I would say reading, watching cinema, and exercise.

  19. Is there a performance of yours you feel gets misunderstood by fans who turn it into a meme or gag?

  20. Well, let’s talk about the difference between “meme” and the word “gag.” My understanding is that “meme” represents a symbol of a pop cultural movement of sorts. A “gag” is somewhere in the realm of a diss and I don’t look at anything anymore as a diss. I see it more as a recognition of some sort of expression.

  21. Yes. I would have to say they’re my favorite insect. They make us honey. Bees, and then the firefly. And ants are interesting. Bumble bees are quite adorable. Don't get me started on the praying mantis.

  22. I have a 2 regarding the movie Willy's Wonderland. Did you or the director decide that you would not say a single word the whole movie, and 2, everytime you went to "recharge" (grab a can from 6 pack) was it secretly filled with alcohol or anything like that?

  23. Lord of War is one of my favorite examples of “there’s a lot more to this” in cinema. Do you feel like this movie impacted your career significantly?

  24. I think Lord of War is the best movie I made pertaining to a political situation and I think that it’s influenced other movies like Wolf of Wallstreet. I think the narrative and voiceover work and the portrayal of a reprehensible gun runner in the light of an attractive charming personality was ahead of its time.

  25. You and Pedro seemed like you had so much fun making this movie; what is one story you don’t mind sharing that you haven’t yet about your experience with filming and working with Pedro?

  26. First and foremost, Pedro Pascal is a genuinely nice man. You couldn’t ask for a nicer more pleasant person to work with. Second he has a very unique sense of humor. It’s the kind of sense of humor where I don’t know if he’s really making a joke or he isn’t making a joke. Such as comment about the appearance of a cabbage in a cabbage field. And it made me wonder if he was a method actor and was in character and adding a kind of confused dimension to the Javi role, or if he genuinely thought the cabbage was amusing. I am still confounded by this. I mean who makes a joke about cabbage, except him? It’s just not funny!

  27. Hi, did you keep the snakeskin jacket (a symbol of individuality and belief in personal freedom) from Wild at Heart?

  28. No, I gave it to Laura Dern. She was such an enormous part of Wild at Heart that I felt it belonged to her. But now I wish I had given it to my son instead. I would've liked him to have it. But it's okay, Laura has it.

  29. Independently spirited dramas. And by independently spirited I mean the types of stories and characters that studios are too chicken to touch.

  30. I did call David when we were filming Massive Talent because I had hoped he might play the role of the director I was auditioning for, but it was at the height of the concerns with COVID and he didn’t want to leave the house. The result of David Gordon Green however was pitch perfect, and I do hope David Gordon Green does more work as a thespian.

  31. Face/Off is one of my favorite action movies. How did you go through the process of learning to portray a different actor? Thanks for all you do!

  32. Thank you. Face/Off is my favorite action movie, largely because we had the maestro John Woo to direct. The process was a matter of getting video of Travolta’s dailies and trying to study it so I could copy his voice and movements. John Travolta conversely did the same with my dailies.

  33. What kind of car do you drive? If you have more than one, what's your favorite and why is it a 1967 Ford GT500? :)

  34. I have a 2016 Shelby GT350R with a wide body that is like a modern version of the car I drove in Gone in 60 Seconds. It has a beautiful blue color. I like that car. And so does my son.

  35. I am really sorry my family and I went up to you in that Ice Cream Shop in Disneyland, and asked for a picture. Everyone started swarming after that while you were just trying to enjoy some family time.

  36. Have you seen Leaving Las Vegas recently? I think that is my all time favorite Nicolas Cage performance. How do you feel thinking back on Leaving Las Vegas and your performance in it?

  37. Thank you. I think Leaving Las Vegas, Pig and Bringing Out The Dead are my three favorite performances of my own body of work. I have not seen Leaving Las Vegas recently, however that movie and Elizabeth Shue’s work in that movie are what I aspire to continue towards, and did continue towards with Pig, which is why I am always going to be up for small budget, independent, dramas.

  38. Dubrovnik is just a gorgeous place. Sadly, we were in the height of the COVID pandemic during filming. So no, I never left my hotel room. Only when I was shooting. I did not get to enjoy the charm and the restaurants of Dubrovnik. I will have to go back.

  39. Hi, Nic! Really looking forward to Massive Talent, it looks like you and Pedro had a blast making it. I just have three questions:

  40. 3. Boy that’s a hard list to conjure up because there are so many memorable ones but I would say that Lon Chaney in Phantom of the Opera comes to mind but Nosferatu, Schreck, his performance, and even Barrymore in Jekyll and Hyde. I think that Barrymore did more to inspire Schreck’s performance than the other way around. Oh, and anything Chaplin did was magic: City Lights, Modern Times. It depends on the season!

  41. I would like to think that being in the 50s in the United States would’ve been a whole lot of fun with the swing dancing and the introduction of Elvis Presley and the great work of James Dean and Marlon Brando. I would’ve liked to be around for that. And the music was pretty great. Automotive design was spectacular. That’s when the US had the edge on the design, we had Raymond Loewy and Harley Earl.

  42. The moderators received a lovely message from Lionsgate and Nic's team after the AMA concluded! Sharing it here with all of you who made this AMA so great :)

  43. Do you have any regrets about posting a picture of yourself holding up white piece of paper on the internet.

  44. There are a TON of products to purchase with your face on them. Pillow cases, pillows, shower curtains, shirts, masks, I could really go on for ever. Do you own any of these products personally? And when I purchase these items for my friend does any of the money get back to you?

  45. Hello Sir. Big fan of your recent work in Mandy and Pig, when I was a kid I loved National Treasure, Next and Sorcerer Apprentice, but since I'm a David Lynch aficionado, I have to ask about Wild At Heart.

  46. Just came here to say that The Family Man is one of my all time favorite movies, used to watch it with my dad growing up. We still throw back and forth “where are my Mary Janes?!” and “a funnel cake?!”.

  47. Hey Nic, one of your biggest fans. What has been your most enjoyable experience on a movie set? Rather, what's been your favourite film to make for whatever reason?

  48. The Coen brothers, Lynch, Scorsese, Scott, Herzog…which was the most memorable to work with? Any director(s) you hope to work with soon?

  49. Watching National Treasure over and over again was a core part of my childhood. Do you have any fond memories or fun stories from filming this masterpiece?

  50. Hi Mr. Cage! Have you seen the Community episode where Abed slowly loses his mind trying to decide if you're good or bad, and then does possibly the greatest impression of your acting ever? As someone who loves your movies, I bring this up in the hopes it's something you can laugh about too, because I see it as an homage rather than mocking - after all, the best impressions have to come from a place of respect - otherwise they're just caricatures.

  51. No questions. Just happy to let you know you are my favorite actor, hands down. I can not wait for The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. I wish you all the best in the future and hope you continue to make bangers for decades to come. Mandy is by far my favorite performance by you and I feel you are just getting better as you get older.

  52. If during the multiverse movies, Marvel asked you to play Ghost Rider again, would you? Also, thanks for so many entertaining performances over the years!

  53. Are you aware of the internet meme culture around you? How do you feel about being an iconic actor for non-traditional reasons? (IE, certain dialogue choices, strange roles, etc.)

  54. You said you don't really use social media. Do you actually wanna do this AMA or is it just lionsgate sticking you in a contractual obligation?

  55. What's the difference between Nic Cage the person, Nic Cage the actor, and Nic Cage portraying Nic Cage in a movie about Nic Cage?

  56. Nic, of all your magnificent films which one in your opinion is the most underappreciated? Would you be willing to grace one of the longest Nic Cage marathons with your presence for a viewing of said film during the holy month of Nicvember? Nicvember of course being the month pagans refer to as November.

  57. Nicolas Cage: good or bad — what’s your take on Abed’s (Community) analysis of your methods and career?

  58. Hey Nic, Willy's Wonderland is now one of my favorite movies, It's so fun and campy. Did you speak after the cameras were off, or did you stay silent the whole production?

  59. I have been waiting for a 3rd instalment of National Treasure since the ending of the 2nd one… please please please tell me what’s holding it back. I need it in my life. What can I do on my end to make this happen. I’ll write the damn script myself if I have to. Just leave your email and I’ll send it to you in a few months.

  60. Hi Nic! Thanks for doing this. You famously have a deep love of Superman, from owning a copy of Action Comics #1 to naming your son Kal-El. Is there any piece of Superman memorabilia that you wish you’d been able to collect but haven’t been able to get your hands on?

  61. I had the pleasure of seeing an early screening of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent last week and, as weird as it may sound, it didn't have any business being as good as it was. The premise sounds silly, but the movie was amazing. It was well-written, well-acted, and incredibly funny. What went through your head when you were reading that script for the first time? It breaks the 4th wall in all the right times and somehow manages to make silly scenes work.

  62. Hello, Nick! Do you know that someone in Spain (not Javi) has made an illustrated book about your first 100 films? They have forwarded a copy to Elijah Wood for you, did you know that? You have it? ♥️

  63. Out of all the films you have starred in over the years, are there any sequels you would like to make to any of those films? If so, which one would stand out the most?

  64. When I book hotels or restaurants and it has an "additional requests" field in the booking system, I have a habit of asking for a picture of you in my hotel for arrival. It works a lot, and I've even got free stuff from the places I've booked at before

  65. Idk man. This is the first time I’m here early enough to ask a question and my mind is blank. Damnit you’re awesome and face/off is still my favorite fun action movie. Have you ever seen Hot Ones with Sean Evans, and would you be open to doing it? He’s a great interviewer

  66. I vaguely recall you saying something about how eating the bug in Vampire's Kiss was the worst thing you ever had to do on camera... but that was a long time ago. Has anything surpassed it or even come close since?

  67. How did you feel about the “Community” episode where there’s a class debating whether or not you were a good actor? (Assuming you’ve seen the episode or clips of it at the very least)

  68. You and your movies have been a huge part of me and my partner’s relationship - we’re working through your entire filmography and are about halfway (Wild at Heart is one of our favorites!) You’ve brought us so much joy and we were wondering if you would officiate our wedding later this year?

  69. Hey Nick, Big fan. I got one question. Just how unbearable is the weight of your massive talent? Like what inconveniences do you have go through on a daily basis just to carry that weight?

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