The 49-year-old actor has had a prolific career that’s included an Oscar win and four Razzie nominations. He recently played a caveman in animated film The Croods.
Is it true that before he asked you to play a cowardly
Neanderthal, Croods producer Jeffrey Katzenberg had asked you to voice
Shrek? Yeah, and I’d said: ‘I don’t want to look like that
guy.’ Now I wish I had done it. When he showed me pictures of Grug and
said: ‘You see how I see you, Nicolas? What do you think of that?’ I had
enough presence of mind not to say anything but yes.
Did you see yourself the way he did? No, I have
trouble with the idea of living in fear. That’s never been who I am.
Grug is an overprotective father and takes it too far, to the point
where his family feel like they’re surviving, not living. But any father
who cares about the ones he loves is going to worry. I have those
What are the two biggest risks you have taken personally and professionally? Did they pay off?
Well, in both cases I have no regrets. And yes, in terms of emotional
wisdom, I guess they paid off. In my work, the risk was to be a dramatic
actor who’s acting like an action hero and that was a challenge because
no one thought I could do it. And if you say I can’t do something, I
have to do it. And in my personal life, I have been a romantic and I
have followed my heart. That can get one into trouble as we all know,
three marriages later.
Read the full interview here: http://metro.co.uk/2013/12/10/nicolas-cage-i-dont-take-criticism-seriously-and-i-dont-take-praise-seriously-both-would-be-a-mistake-4223576/