Nicolas Cage is a notoriously private actor, but the Oscar winner recently opened up in a rare interview about his somewhat odd and varying career choices.
Having starred in his fair share of both critically-acclaimed films (Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation) and box office duds (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Wicker Man), the 50-year-old has no regrets in regards to his resume.
“I’m proud of the chances I’ve taken. They haven’t all worked, but I had a concept and I’ve pushed for it,” Nicolas told Britain's The Times Magazine. “It’s probably annoyed a lot of critics and a lot of people who didn’t get in step with it, but I’m proud I did it."
The father-of-two admitted he often feels like an "outsider," explaining, "When you’re endowed with an original way of thinking, or with a highly active imagination, you can become quickly ostracized. You can feel isolated and misunderstood.”
But while he defends his work, Nicolas confessed that harsh words still get to him. “I care about what people think of me. Some of the snarky comments people make can get under my skin," he shared.
"I can be a bit of a broken record at home when I read the things that are said about me. But I have to just stop belaboring these things and let it go, rather than complaining to my wife all the time.”
The family man is currently married to third wife Alice Kim and the pair have an 8-year-old son, Kal-El. Nicolas also has a 23-year-old son, Weston, with ex Christina Fulton. But don't ask him to talk about them.
“There used to be a mystique and romance surrounding actors. But now people are more interested in their lives than their performances," he noted. "It’s not about what they do on camera, but what I would describe as their dirty laundry. I’ve had my share of that.”
But despite an ever-changing Hollywood, nothing is different in the way he approaches his craft. “Every time I start a movie, I want to vomit. I really care. I don’t want it to seem like I’m acting, I don’t want it to look fake," Nicolas said.
"Even if I’m doing a movie where I’m in some sort of supernatural situation, I’m still going to approach it with the same commitment and quest for authenticity. And that may look ridiculous. But, to me, what’s important is that I didn’t fake it," he told the mag.
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