Nicolas Cage has been doing a lot of self-reflection while promoting his new movie, the meta The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.
He’s addressed that famous ‘NOT THE BEES’ scene in The Wicker Man remake, and now he’s talked about the period of him doing low-budget VoD (video on-demand) movies and why a third National Treasure film never happened despite the box-office success of the first two.
Speaking to GQ, the actor talked candidly about the years he did a “conveyor belt” of these movies following personal financial circumstances, stating “the phone stopped ringing”.
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“It was like, ‘What do you mean we’re not doing National Treasure 3?” he said. “It’s been 14 years. Why not?’ ‘Well, Sorcerer’s Apprentice didn’t work, and Ghost Rider didn’t really sell tickets. And Drive Angry, that just came and went.'”
Cage went on to say that the case of underperforming films meant he struggled to be cast in big movies, and so he turned towards lesser-known projects.
But he insists that he didn’t just take any old acting job, only picking roles that intrigued him and wanted to give good performances in them.
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“When I was doing four movies a year, back to back to back, I still had to find something in them to be able to give it my all,” he explained.
“They didn’t work, all of them. Some of them were terrific, like Mandy, but some of them didn’t work. But I never phoned it in. So if there was a misconception, it was that. That I was just doing it and not caring. I was caring.”
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent comes to the big screen next month on April 22, 2022.
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Nicolas Cage explains why National Treasure 3 didn’t happen