Nicolas Cage as a performer has evolved into an interesting space. He went from quirky character actor to action hero to dramatic actor to paycheck actor and now he’s in the eccentric actor stage.
After numerous forgettable works in recent years, Cage has been on a bit of a hot streak thanks to “Mandy,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and more. He’s also been giving interviews and seems well aware of the kinds of films he’s making and what others think of him.
That’s why when Cage says his next project “Prisoners of Ghostland,” a project that serves as the English-language debut of subversive Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono, is weird – you can believe it really is. Doing a masterclass at Macao’s 3rd International Film Festival and Awards, Cage tells Screen Anarchy that the film is so unique:
“I’m thrilled about it! It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It might be the wildest movie I’ve ever made, and that’s saying something. It’s out there. I wear a skintight black leather jumpsuit with grenades attached to different body parts, and if I don’t rescue the governor’s daughter from this state line where they’re all ghosts and bring her back they’re gonna blow me up. It’s just crazy. It’s way out there.”
Cage can be seen voicing Spider-Man Noir in this week’s cinematic release of “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” and co-director Peter Ramsey tells Collider they recorded a bunch of dialogue with Cage using all sorts of insulting slang like “turtle-slapper” and “biscuit-boxer,” only to after the fact learn one of them was the name for a pornographic act.