Nicolas Cage is to quit acting and has even set a date for when he will retire from the screen.
The 54-year-old has enjoyed a career to rival the very best. He’s won an Oscar, starred in some of the best blockbusters of the 1990s and earned a reputation as one of the maddest and most magically method actors out there.
But now he wants to say goodbye, and, in truth, few can begrudge him that. Cage made the shock announcement during an interview with the Daily Mail, where he seemingly set a date for his exit from the industry, while also revealing his plans for the future.
“I enjoy performing. I like the power of film and performance and I like practicing. It’s kept me in touch with my craft and I feel I’m better now than I have ever been. I’ve got my emotions at my fingertips and I’ve got my process down…I’m going to continue doing that for three or four more years and then I’d like to focus more on directing.”
The move comes off the back of a difficult few years for Cage. Up until recently, the one-time A-lister had been guilty of starring in a string of straight-to-video-style stinkers.
Rage, The Trust, Arsenal, Pay The Ghost and Army of One are just a few Cage’s recent efforts to royally stink up the place.
This new age of the internet has also seen Cage become something of a running online gag, with clips of “Cage Rage” and any number of silly photos doing the rounds with fans.
There have been some decent movies and performances along the way, with Joe, Mom & Dad and Mandy all suggesting there was life in the old dog yet.
But Cage has had enough and now wants to focus more on filmmaking than acting:
“In terms of producing and directing, yes, I’m getting back in production. My company, Saturn Films, is involved in all the movies I’m doing now. Directing is something I’d look forward to down the road, because right now I’m primarily a film performer.”
Cage will still be working of course, having made no secret of the fact that he’s not particularly great at doing nothing:
“I have multiple reasons for wanting to work. One of them is, to be blatantly honest, I can be a little self-destructive if I’m not focused on my job…It’s the difference between maybe having one bottle of wine versus two bottles of wine.”
But with just four years of Cage left, it might be time for us to start cherishing rather than admonishing his work. He’s the last of a dying breed of leading man and we’ll miss him when he’s gone.
Now if he could just get a Quentin Tarantino movie under his belt…