Nic Cage is finally debt free, but says Hollywood and fans got it wrong when they said he was ‘calling’ for movie roles


Nicolas Cage must have had one of the most incredible careers in Hollywood history. At various times he’s been an Oscar winner and an action hero, but more recently he’s been known as the guy who’s done so many movies over the past few years, many of them of dubious quality, that he is difficult to follow them all. And while Cage admits that, yes, he did it because he needed the moneymoney wasn’t everything to him, and he rejects the idea that he didn’t care about movies or his performances.

In the mid-1990s, Nicolas Cage was one of the biggest movie stars in the world. He followed his Oscar win by Leaving Las Vegas with a string of hit action movies like The rock and Front/Offa movie so popular it gets a sequel more than two decades later. However, around 2010, Cage’s career had begun to stagnate after some big-budget movies weren’t big hits. Unfortunately, as the actor tells QGthe downturn in his career coincided with a need for money, not only due to his own debts, but he also needed money for his mother Joy Vogelsang, recently deceased. Cage explains…

I have all these creditors and the IRS and I’m spending $20,000 a month trying to keep my mom out of a mental institution, and I can’t. Everything happened at the same time.

Needless to say, this situation led Nicolas Cage to have to make some decisions. And the decision was to start making a lot more movies. Cage then became one of the most common faces in movies simply because he did a lot of movies. Of course, many of these films were of the VOD variety and never saw the inside of a multiplex.

It’s easy to assume that when you’re making so many movies so quickly, and money is a factor, you don’t really care about the movies themselves, but Cage rejects that assumption. The actor insists he always gave his best in every performance. Cage also said working was better for him personally. If he admits that a lot of movies didn’t go well, it’s not because he didn’t care. Cage continues…

When I was making four films a year, one after the other, I still had to find something in them to be able to give it my all. They didn’t work, all of them. Some of them were great, like Mandy, but some of them didn’t work. But I never phoned. So if there was a misconception, that was it. That I was just doing this and didn’t care. I cared.

The good news for Nicolas Cage is that with his new role, playing an amplified version of himself in The unbearable weight of massive talent, Cage is now debt free. He can continue to find the films that interest him, even if he may not do so in the future.


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