Why Nicolas Cage refused to star in The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix

Why Nicolas Cage refused to star in The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix
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The actor did not want to abandon his family for filming away from home.

On the poster ofA Solid Gold Talent, Nicholas Cage plays with his image: he embodies Nic Cage, a character inspired by himself, who meets a young version of himself, which forces him to take stock. The opportunity to have fun with your career, both of his tops and his flops, and above all to debunk the received ideas that run about him. Nic Cage, the real one, thus takes advantage of the promotion to silence certain rumors or to justify career choices that may have been misunderstood by the public. To the magazine Peoplehe thus reveals having refused two successful franchises at the turn of the 2000s: The Lord of the Rings and Matrix. Projects that were proposed to him while he was chaining the boxes: Rock, Flip-Face, The Wings of Hell, Snake Eyes, 8 Millimeters

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If in the film, Nic Cage runs after the roles to the point of abandoning his 16-year-old daughter, played by Lily Sheen, in his own life, Nic Cage has always put his children before his career. He had two: Weston, born in 2000, and Kal-El (named in homage to Superman), in 2005, and his wife Riko Shibata is currently expecting a baby whose name is kept secret for the moment. “The biggest difference is that there’s no real-life version of Nic Cage who doesn’t want to spend more time with his kids, he explains to the American magazine. I refused The Lord of the Rings and Matrix because I didn’t want to commit to shooting them in New Zealand or Australia for 3 years. I wanted to stay home with my son Weston. It is a fact. So yeah, there’s a huge disparity between Nic Cage’sA Solid Gold Talent and the one who stands before you today.”

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