Nicolas Cage’s preference is to just hang out in Las Vegas with his cats & his crow

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If you don’t mind wading through pages and pages of crap, you’ll probably enjoy Nicolas Cage’s Interview Magazine cover interview. It was conducted by his friend Marilyn Manson and it is, as they kids say, A LOT. That being said, Nick doesn’t come across as particularly bad here. He’s not evil or gross or a total douchebag. He comes across as a profoundly offbeat character who does weird sh-t just to scratch that itch. Cage is promoting his role as Joe Exotic, which is filming right now, apparently. He’s also working on The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, where he plays “a cash-strapped version of himself.” I think he’s also promoting some of his various direct-to-streaming/VOD projects, all of which are low-budget and barely seen. So… you can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

He surrounds himself with animals: “That’s why I like to surround myself with reptiles and fish and cats. I just bought a crow. His name is Huginn, after one of [the Norse god] Odin’s two ravens, Huginn and Muninn, and he’s amazing….he’s an African pied crow. He says “hi” when I walk into the room and “bye” when I leave. The other morning he started laughing and called me an a–hole. I’m trying to figure [out why he called me that]. He likes to eat cat food, which makes it easy, because I give my cats Sheba Perfect Portions, and Huginn enjoys it as well. I think he has a sense of humor, so maybe that’s why he called me an a–hole.

Manson offers to come to Vegas to spoon him: “I appreciate the offer, but I’m actually great with my cats. I don’t mind watching a movie with you, though. We were good buddies with Johnny Ramone, and we would all hang out at his house. Do you remember that time I had that mummy’s hand with tattoos on it?… It was an actual hand.”

His magic number: “Seven. It’s kind of cliché, but the number has had power for me. If you want to walk down the road of the esoteric, what’s always been most powerful to me is something as simple as blowing out candles on a birthday cake. I really take those wishes seriously. It’s almost like a meditation. And more often than not, those wishes have come true.

Whether he’s a gambler: “The last time I gambled was about 30 years ago. I was in the Bahamas, and I walked into a casino and felt like I had my mojo with me, like nothing could go wrong. My game was roulette. I went in with $200, and I didn’t miss a number, so much so that even the lady spinning the wheel said, “Nothing sweeter than a repeater.” In 20 minutes I turned $200 into $20,000, so I went and found an orphanage in the Bahamas, met all the kids and the headmistress, and said, “This is for you.” I put the 20 grand in her hand, walked away, and never gambled again, because if I did, it would ruin the power of that moment… And you can’t live in Vegas if you’re a gambler. I’ve seen it destroy people. Of all the addictions, I think it might be the worst.

Costar crushes: “It was when I was younger. I had a very powerful crush on Deborah Foreman when we were do- ing Valley Girl. I felt a lot for Bridget Fonda when we were doing It Could Happen to You, and for Penélope [Cruz] when we were doing Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. But as I got older, I no longer was interested in that. I was all about the work.

The connections with costars: “Well, you feel it, and that’s the weird thing about filmmaking. Everybody is so close. There’s a bubble over the whole set. And then, as soon as the movie is wrapped, no one talks to anybody anymore. It’s almost like we’re embarrassed that we were ever that close, like there was something artificial about it and now we don’t know what to do with our feelings. But I’ve remained friendly with most of my costars, and sure, you get feelings and use those feelings in the work, but you know that those feelings will be poison if you bring them home to your wife.

On women: “My reality with women has been mystifying ever since I was born. I didn’t have any sisters, and my mother did the best she could, but she wasn’t really in a state of well-being where she could be there for me, so I never really had female energy growing up. I had two older brothers, and my father was the caretaker, so I had a lot of masculine energy around me. Women have always been the most beautiful and the most amazing and the most mystifying and the most compelling of creations, so I tend to have a vulnerability toward them.

[From Interview]

I laughed the entire way through this interview, it was so bonkers. Just the idea of Cage sitting at home alone in Las Vegas, with his cats and his new crow – a crow who calls him an “a–hole” – feeding them all cat food and thinking all of these thoughts. The story about handing $20K of gambling winnings to an orphanage… wow. The quotes about having crushes on costars and feeling embarrassed that everyone was so close during filming… that made me sad. Is Nick Cage a good guy? Or is he just a weird guy who just happens to be NOT awful?

Cover & IG courtesy of Interview.

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  1. Ashley says:

    Nic Cage is so uniquely singular on and off screen.

    • Hedwig says:

      Yes, I think Ethan Hawke’s comments about his acting were totally, 100% correct. He has his own approach that’s not quite the realism we’ve come to expect from “great actors.”

      Actually enjoy his interviews. I think eccentrics are more interesting to read once in a while than the standard PR’d, carefully constructed stuff. However, his absolutely horrible way with money depresses me. Spendthrift, extravagant, and so wasteful.

      Saw him and his ex-wife Alice in a bookstore once. Turned the corner and ops, there’s Nicolas Cage in profile, checking out the books. She was tiny and pushing their son in a pram and he had a big long coat and a hat on. They were super low key and had no entourage or bodyguards that I could see. He wasn’t as tall as I expected and looks thinner in person but then I always think he’s Con Air/Face Off buff.

  2. JennyJenny says:

    I just love him and will watch almost anything he stars in.

  3. Lightpurple says:

    The cover picture of the fan aimed at his crotch is a lot.

  4. HayGrl says:

    Interesting he’s doing a movie about an animal abuser, the self proclaimed tiger king (who will make royalties off the film?) and yet “surrounds himself with animals”, seeming to receive solace? Okay. I’m down w the cat, but a Crow isn’t intended as a pet, nor are caged reptiles IMO. It’s just sad, and his lack of maternal connection is no excuse to stay ignorant. Unfortunately we may see a run on captured African Crows.

    • Jules says:

      I never heard of a crow for a pet! They are very intelligent but yes- should be free and live in the wild. Maybe it is rehabbed.

    • Hedwig says:

      Yes, he sounds like he’s keeping the wildlife trade (horrible industry; look up what happens to otter mums and babies for example) in business all by himself.

  5. nic says:

    I think he’s genuinely devoted to the craft of acting. Even his overacting is entirely sincere and rooted in silent films and stage acting. That’s enough for me. I don’t need him to be a saint. He’s not hurting people and his job is to act, not to save the world.

  6. Brandy Alexander says:

    I briefly met him once, in a non-Hollywood setting, and he was very quiet and pleasant. In fact, he was just introduced as Nick and it wasn’t until about a minute before he was walking out the door that I realized it was him, by his voice. So, I kind of have a soft spot for him just because he didn’t act like a pompous jerk in an everyday setting.

  7. H says:

    I’m happy he said he had a crush on Deborah Foreman, his co-star on Valley Girl. They had such amazing chemistry together. That will always be my favorite movie of his. He’s always been a quirky guy, his many marriages non-withstanding, he seems like a good guy.

  8. Aang says:

    I still love Raising Arizona.

  9. MM2 says:

    Why, oh why, are these guys still giving Marilyn Manson a platform?! Let that abusive, sick pos slither away to a dark basement & never be heard from again (with Johnny Depp, please).

  10. ChloeCat says:

    I’ve always liked him. I loved him in Moonstruck, Leaving Las Vegas & Wild at Heart. And any guy who loves cats is a good guy in my book.

  11. cassandra says:

    I side-eye anybody who’s friends with Manson. Re: Johnny Depp

  12. Michael says:

    Cage is a very weird guy who can really bring the acting chops when he wants to. Also, I chuckled when you said he was going to play a role that is a cash strapped version of himself. Isn’t he actually cash strapped? This is why he does all these crappy movies for money?

    • BeanieBean says:

      I had that very thought, too. I saw that pyramid tomb of his in New Orleans, plus the house he bought. He’s just not good with money. Seems like a OK guy, but the way he talks about women–as though we were some mystical species–is ridiculous.

  13. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Omg, @Aang…..Raising Arizona was everything. We still use quotes in everyday life lol. I don’t think I’ve ever told my boys we’re picking up dad without saying, Hold on boys, we’re goin’ to pick up Daddy in her exaggerated drawl lol. Or heading to the doc without mentioning how we got to get a dip tet. 😁

  14. Nina Simone says:

    I always love a Nic Cage interview. He’s so delightfully …weird and lives in it.

  15. Justmemi says:

    I have a soft spot for him, I love all his movies and I’m not ashamed of it.

  16. JanetDR says:

    Me too!

  17. JustMe says:

    I watch every single bad movie he is in…he makes over acting an art form lol

  18. holly hobby says:

    He’s an eccentric for sure but harmless. Where I come from, the Coppolas were a big deal. I remember his father was the dean at the local college.

    On the other hand, I do not like the toupee. Should just own his real hair.