Matthew Vaughn loved Nicolas Cage’s Adam West impersonation in Kick-Ass

Nicolas Cage came up with the decision to impersonate Adam West in Kick-Ass, according to director Matthew Vaughn.In the 2010 superhero comedy, the Oscar-winning actor played former police officer Damon Macready, who transforms into his vigilante Big D…

Nicolas Cage came up with the decision to impersonate Adam West in Kick-Ass, according to director Matthew Vaughn.

In the 2010 superhero comedy, the Oscar-winning actor played former police officer Damon Macready, who transforms into his vigilante Big Daddy, who wears a Batman-like superhero suit, in an effort to bring down mob boss Frank D’Amico.

Vaughn opened up about making the hit movie to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, and shared that it was Cage’s decision to have his alter-ego speak the same way West did when he played Batman in the iconic 1960s TV show.

“I wasn’t sure about it, and then he did it and I thought it was brilliant,” the British filmmaker told The Hollywood Reporter. “When he put on that costume, I can’t tell you how happy he was… he had an enthusiasm which is vital on a film set.

“There are days where you’re so exhausted that you really rely on the enthusiasm, otherwise you end up with a flat film.”

He used it on set when they were shooting a scene in which Big Daddy is burned alive by D’Amico’s henchmen while he screams out orders to his teenage daughter Hit-Girl, played by Chloe Grace Moretz.

“That delivery, he just pulled that out of the bag on the day. I remember Matthew turning to me and looking really anxious and surprised,” producer Jane Goldman recalled. “He had just done a straight read at the table read. It was so strange and such a brilliant, bold choice.”

However, shooting the scene was one of the hardest sequences for Vaughn, as it was shot completely in the dark.

“That sequence was just a nightmare,” he laughed. “We were shooting in the dark and dealing with the strobe light of Hit-Girl’s weapon. Just getting the cameras to work was really difficult before you get into the timing of everything with the actors.”

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Chloe Grace Moretz inspired by Angelina Jolie while playing Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass

Chloe Grace Moretz was inspired by Angelina Jolie while playing the young vigilante Hit-Girl in 2010 action movie Kick-Ass.The young actress was “obsessed” with Jolie’s turn in the 2008 action thriller Wanted, and told her family that she wanted to p…

Chloe Grace Moretz was inspired by Angelina Jolie while playing the young vigilante Hit-Girl in 2010 action movie Kick-Ass.

The young actress was “obsessed” with Jolie’s turn in the 2008 action thriller Wanted, and told her family that she wanted to play a role like that on the big screen.

“I actually looked at my brother and my mother and said, ‘I would totally kill to have a role like that,'” Moretz told The Hollywood Reporter. “They were like, ‘This doesn’t happen for 11-year-olds. You don’t get the option to play an Angelina Jolie-type character.'”

However, just one week later, she got a call to audition for Hit-Girl in Matthew Vaughn’s R-rated comic book caper Kick-Ass, and her dreams of a big-screen action hero role began to come true.

“He had kind of been on a road with someone else for a little while. I think I got an audition late in the game,” the 23-year-old explained. “I got really lucky to get in front of him at that point in time.”

Moretz spent more than six months training with stunt house 87eleven in Los Angeles and Cirque du Soleil in Toronto, and also committed herself to a few months being taught Wushu, a martial art, by Kick-Ass stunt coordinator Brad Allan in London.

“By the time we got to filming, about 90 percent of it was me, except the big, big stunts, which I probably could have done, but we legally couldn’t do them for insurance, because it was too risky,” she shared.

Moretz also sweetly recalled working with Hollywood icon Nicolas Cage, who played her on-screen father Big Daddy in the movie, with her adding, “We were super close and he was so sweet with me.”

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Matthew Vaughn wanted Brad Pitt for Kick-Ass

Matthew Vaughn originally wanted Brad Pitt to play the role of Big Daddy in his action comedy Kick-Ass.The filmmaker marked the 10th anniversary of the movie in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and revealed that he originally enlisted the Osca…

Matthew Vaughn originally wanted Brad Pitt to play the role of Big Daddy in his action comedy Kick-Ass.

The filmmaker marked the 10th anniversary of the movie in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and revealed that he originally enlisted the Oscar-winning actor as a producer to drum up interest from Hollywood studios for the expletive-ridden offbeat superhero blockbuster, but the tactic wasn’t enough to convince executives to go for the project.

“No studio would touch it,” Vaughn recalled. “So I had to mortgage my house in order to finance the film, which was scary, to be honest.”

However, once the project got the green light, the 49-year-old courted Pitt to play Big Daddy, a former police officer who trains his young daughter to become the foul-mouthed vigilante Hit Girl, who was portrayed by Chloe Grace Moretz.

Instead, Pitt signed up to star in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, prompting Vaughn to approach Nicolas Cage for the role, who he knew was a big fan of comic books and superheroes.

“I knew Nic loved comic books and superheroes, and this script was a love letter to superheroes,” the director explained. “The film imagines what it would be like if the ultimate fanboy suddenly decided to play superhero, and some people mistakingly felt we were attacking the genre, but I knew Nic would buy in.”

And Vaughn recalled seeing Cage put on Big Daddy’s costume for the first time and how the actor’s energy invigorated the cast and crew after a long day of filming.

“(He) had an enthusiasm which is vital on a film set. There are days where you’re so exhausted that you really rely on the enthusiasm, otherwise you end up with a flat film,” he shared.

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Nicolas Cage to base movie performance on outlandish chat show appearance

Nicolas Cage is to draw on his infamous ’90s British chat show appearance when playing himself in his new film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.Writer/director Tom Gormican’s meta-movie features two warring versions of Cage – a present-day and a…

Nicolas Cage is to draw on his infamous ’90s British chat show appearance when playing himself in his new film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

Writer/director Tom Gormican’s meta-movie features two warring versions of Cage – a present-day and a younger one – as he attempts to extricate himself from an adventure with a billionaire Mexican superfan by living out some of his most famous roles.

In an interview with Empire magazine, Cage revealed the younger version of himself will be based on an infamous 1990 appearance on Terry Wogan’s BBC chat show, in which he opened by somersaulting into the studio, karate-kicking, and throwing cash into the audience.

“Remember that talk show I went on, Wogan, when I was promoting Wild at Heart?” he said. “Young Nic Cage (in the film) will be that guy. But this is a very stylised version of me. It’s definitely just me ‘taking the p**s’, as they say, out of myself.”

Details about the plot are not entirely clear, but Cage shared that it will feature the two versions of himself arguing with each other.

“It’s a stylised version of me, and the fact I even have to refer to myself in the third person makes me extremely uncomfortable,” the 56-year-old added. “There are many scenes in the movie where modern or contemporary – here we go – ‘Nic Cage’ and then young ‘Nic Cage’ are colliding and arguing and battling it out. It’s an acrobatic approach to acting.”

The eccentric actor went on to describe how the new movie will force him to look back at some of his most famous roles.

“I don’t like to look back,” he explained. “But this movie kind of pushes it all back in my face. I’m probably going to have to look at a couple of the movies from the past again, because I think we’re gonna have to re-enact some of those sequences. It’s like walking through a (German silent horror movie) Cabinet of Dr. Caligari version of Con Air and Face/Off.”

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is due to begin production soon.

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Brad Pitt confirms he turned down The Matrix

Brad Pitt has confirmed he turned down an offer to star in The Matrix.The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor was asked about the roles he had passed on during a talk at the recent Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and he confirmed that he rej…

Brad Pitt has confirmed he turned down an offer to star in The Matrix.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor was asked about the roles he had passed on during a talk at the recent Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and he confirmed that he rejected an offer to portray Neo, who was ultimately played by Keanu Reeves, in the 1999 sci-fi movie.

“I did pass on The Matrix. I took the red pill. That’s the only one I’m naming,” he said. “I wasn’t offered two or three. Only the first one, just to clarify that.”

The red pill comment is a reference to the movie. In the film, choosing the red pill means being aware of the cruel truths of everyday life, while taking the blue pill is opting to remain living in blissful ignorance.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who received the Maltin Modern Master Award at the festival, also explained why he was reluctant to name any of the projects he’d rejected.

“I come from a place, maybe it’s my upbringing, if I didn’t get it, then it wasn’t mine,” the 56-year-old commented. “I really believe (the role) was never mine. It’s not mine. It was someone else’s and they go and make it. I really do believe in that… If we were doing a show on the great movies I’ve passed on, we would need two nights.”

Last year, The Matrix producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said Pitt was considered for Neo, while Will Smith expressed his regret about passing on the part in a YouTube video last February.

“Keanu was perfect, Laurence Fishburne was perfect,” he insisted. “So, I probably would have messed The Matrix up. I would have ruined it, so I did y’all a favour.”

Other stars like Nicolas Cage, Val Kilmer, and Johnny Depp were also reportedly considered to play Neo, but it ultimately went to Reeves. The Matrix trilogy redefined his career and he is currently shooting the fourth instalment.

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Nicolas Cage poised to star as himself in new movie

Nicolas Cage is preparing to poke fun at his career by starring as a version of himself in a new film.The Ghost Rider actor is in talks for The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, in which his debt-ridden character is desperate to land a part in Quent…

Nicolas Cage is preparing to poke fun at his career by starring as a version of himself in a new film.

The Ghost Rider actor is in talks for The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, in which his debt-ridden character is desperate to land a part in Quentin Tarantino’s next movie, but finds himself taking on a vastly different role as a real-life informant for the C.I.A. after befriending a Mexican billionaire who is believed to be a drug cartel kingpin.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project, to be directed by co-writer Tom Gormican, also features the character of Cage talking to an egotistical 1990s version of himself, who constantly ridicules him for being a washed-up leading man taking on low-budget flop after low-budget flop.

Sources reveal Cage was sent a copy of the script by Gormican himself, who included an accompanying letter explaining the film was created as a love letter of sorts to the 55-year-old and not meant to make fun of him.

The star appears to have been won over by the personal plea to have him consider the movie, which has been optioned by Lionsgate studio officials after a fierce bidding war.

If Cage does sign on, he will also serve as a co-producer via his Saturn Films firm.

Aside from a few voice roles in box office hits like The Croods and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Cage hasn’t starred in a big studio blockbuster since Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance in 2011, when he reprised his role as the titular Marvel Comics demon superhero.

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Nicolas Cage to star in adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s Color Out of Space

Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in the adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s 1927 novella Color Out of Space. The film will be directed by South African filmmaker Richard Stanley, his first feature in over 20 years, and principal photography will start ne…

Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in the adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s 1927 novella Color Out of Space.

The film will be directed by South African filmmaker Richard Stanley, his first feature in over 20 years, and principal photography will start next month (Feb19).

Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, Elliot Knight, Julian Hilliard, and Q’Orianka Kilcher will also star alongside Cage in the film, about a family experiencing other worldly experiences after a meteorite crashes into the front yard of their New England farmhouse.

The project will reunite Cage with bosses at production company SpectreVision, following their work together on the thriller Mandy.

“Lovecraft is the dark father of modern horror, and we have been searching for an adaptation that captures the true scope of his cosmic dread for years,” a statement from producer Daniel Noah reads. “Richard Stanley – a wizard in his own right – will at long last bring Lovecraft’s humbling power to the screen unfiltered.”

Cage’s new project comes a year after he opened up about wanting to step behind the camera to direct.

“In terms of producing and directing, yes, I’m getting back in production,” he told The Blast in April (18). “My company, Saturn Films, is involved in all the movies I’m doing now. And directing is something I look forward to down the road because right now, I’m primarily a film performer and I’m gonna continue doing that for three or four more years and (then) I’d like to focus more on directing.”

Cage is a busy guy at the moment – he currently has another seven films in development, including Prisoners of the Ghostland, The Croods 2, A Score to Settle, and Kill Chain.

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Bruno Mars denies he is playing Prince in upcoming biopic

Bruno Mars’ representatives have denied a recent report claiming Netflix wanted him to play Prince in an upcoming biopic.According to The Daily Mirror, the online streaming service was allegedly planning to develop a new movie dedicated to the life of …

Bruno Mars’ representatives have denied a recent report claiming Netflix wanted him to play Prince in an upcoming biopic.

According to The Daily Mirror, the online streaming service was allegedly planning to develop a new movie dedicated to the life of the music icon, who died at the age of 57 from an accidental fentanyl overdose in April 2016. The publication reported that the 24K Magic hitmaker was “at the top of Netflix wish list” with a movie source insisting the gig would be “the most nerve-racking move of Bruno’s career” if he were to accept the role.

The story was picked up and circulated by a number of outlets, but according to Billboard, the singer’s representatives have announced that the report is “100 per cent false.” Netflix also added that there was no such film in development.

Bruno has previously cited the Purple Rain singer as one of his biggest musical influences and led tributes to Prince at the 2017 Grammy Awards where he delivered a show-stopping performance of his hit, Let’s Go Crazy.

Though best known for his catchy tunes, the songwriter has picked up some acting experience during the course of his entertainment career. He made his acting debut as a child in 1992 comedy Honeymoon in Vegas, where he paid a character called Little Elvis alongside an all-star cast including James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker.

A little more recently, he turned his talents to voice acting and took on the character of Roberto, a confident and charismatic Blue macaw, in Rio 2. Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, will.i.am and Jamie Foxx also provided voices for the flick, and director Carlos Saldanha decided to recruit Bruno after he saw him perform on an episode of Saturday Night Live in 2016. The Finesse singer added his own personal touches to his character, and also provided a song for the soundtrack: Welcome Back.

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Nicolas Cage to quit acting

Nicolas Cage is planning to walk away from acting and step behind the camera.The movie star has almost 100 acting credits in his illustrious film career, which began with 1982 teen comedy classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but he’s ready to give up …

Nicolas Cage is planning to walk away from acting and step behind the camera.

The movie star has almost 100 acting credits in his illustrious film career, which began with 1982 teen comedy classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but he’s ready to give up being a screen star to become a director.

Discussing his new film Primal in Puerto Rico, Cage told The Blast, “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. And directing is something I look forward to down the road because right now, I’m primarily a film performer and I’m gonna continue doing that for three or four more years and (then) I’d like to focus more on directing.”

Cage’s company has five productions on the go right now – Between Worlds, Running with the Devil, Primal, A Score to Settle and The Croods 2, with all the projects slated to be released by 2020.

Nicolas also opened up about his plans for the future last month (Mar18), revealing he is trying to live a less extravagant lifestyle to benefit his Hollywood career.

The Kick-Ass star, who is a member of the famous Coppola movie dynasty, has reportedly bought more than a dozen houses, a Bavarian castle, two Bahamian islands, as well as more eccentric items like a dinosaur skull, shrunken heads, and a Lamborghini which once belonged to the Shah of Iran, but he is now committed to curbing his lavish spending.

“Relative frugality is something that I’m hopeful I can achieve because I wanna have longevity,” he told British newspaper The Times. “I don’t wanna be doing Pizza Hut commercials when I’m 75. I wanna be able to continue making movies whether I’m supporting or playing leads and whether I’m making movies that are deployed on video-on-demand or going into the cinemas. I just wanna continue working and acting, or film performance, if you will.”

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Nicolas Cage ditching extravagant habits to save movie career

Nicolas Cage is trying to ditch his famously profligate lifestyle to ensure he can continue to pursue a movie career. Over the years the star has become almost as famous for his lavish purchases as for his films, having reportedly bought more than a d…

Nicolas Cage is trying to ditch his famously profligate lifestyle to ensure he can continue to pursue a movie career.

Over the years the star has become almost as famous for his lavish purchases as for his films, having reportedly bought more than a dozen houses, a Bavarian castle, two Bahamian islands, as well as more eccentric items like a dinosaur skull, shrunken heads, and a Lamborghini car which once belonged to the Shah of Iran.

In 2012 Nicolas was hit with a mammoth $6 million (£4.4 million) tax bill, forcing the Oscar winner to sell many treasured items and keep up a hectic work schedule.

However, he tells British newspaper The Times that he’s “trying to live a much more minimal lifestyle” in order to ensure he can continue to choose projects and build an acting legacy.

He says living more modestly is, “something I’m hopeful I can achieve because I wanna have longevity. I don’t wanna be doing Pizza Hut commercials when I’m 75.”

Speaking about his ambitions for the autumn of his career Nicolas, 54, says, “I wanna be able to continue making movies whether I’m supporting or playing leads and whether I’m making movies that are deployed on video-on-demand services or going into cinemas. I just wanna continue working and acting, or film performance if you will.”

Five of the star’s films were released last year (17), with two already debuting in 2018 and five projects still in various stages of production.

Nicolas has become famous for his volatile on-screen persona – often playing unstable characters who lose their cool in scenes.

The Face/Off actor says his acting style is not a reflection of his personality – but admits that when drunk he can become volatile.

He insists his explosive persona, “very, very rarely seeps into my daily life. It’s happened to me a couple of times, but it’s usually alcohol-related. A friend of mine once said, ‘Be as normal as you can in your life so you can be as effed up as you want in your work.”

Nic’s latest movie, a horror comedy called Mom and Dad, is released in the U.K. on 9 March (18).

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