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Date: 3:53 AM, 11/06/10
Nic interview about G-Force

Note what he says at the end of the article  about working with Werner again. 

Wouldn't that be so cool!!! More castles! And real fairy tale ones too. Picturess of Ludwig and some of his castles here.



Why did you decide to sign up for a family movie like G-Force?

NICOLAS CAGE: I try to keep my choices eclectic and I like to explore different characters in different genres, so I was really interested in the idea of G-Force when it was pitched to me. I feel that there’s nothing more sacred than the magical world of children and I wanted to work on a movie like this because there’s a need to keep children smiling in the world. Families are tense and people are losing their jobs because of what’s going on in the economy, but I want to make movies that give families something to look forward to. I like the idea of giving a child a smile on their face and I want to entertain them. G-Force has helped me do that.

How would you describe Speckles, your character in G-Force?

NICOLAS CAGE: Speckles is an iconoclast. He is a mole who never really feels like he belongs. He’s a loner who tries to fit in, but he finds it very difficult because of the way he looks and the way he talks. He’s carrying a lot of angst inside because his family was exterminated off a golf course when he was a small child – and he wants retribution.

How did you come up with the voice of Speckles?

NICOLAS CAGE: Voice actor Mel Blanc was a huge inspiration to me. This one man voiced characters including Yosemite Sam, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig – and it takes a great actor to do that. I wanted to try to channel that energy in some way and be creative, but play with it. I didn’t want to do a simple voiceover with my regular voice; I wanted to create a character vocally. I also didn’t want to play a guinea pig. The guinea pigs are the heroes of the movie, so I felt there would be more pressure for me to use my own voice. The mole had a look about him that I knew would allow me to be a bit more bizarre.

There are a lot of spy gadgets in the movie… Are you a fan of technology?

NICOLAS CAGE: I’m not really gadget oriented. I’m not into technology or computers. I’m not good at interfacing with that sort of gear.

But you must own a cell phone at the very least?

NICOLAS CAGE: Oh, sure. I use technology for communication, but I don’t have a Blackberry or an iPhone. I use an outdated cell phone, but I’m fine with it.

What’s your ring tone?

NICOLAS CAGE: I have Lou Reed singing Take A Walk On The Wild Side. I’m living in New York at the moment and it’s a quintessential New York song. I think it’s very appropriate.

When was the first time you realized you wanted to act?

NICOLAS CAGE: I knew I wanted to be an actor when I was very young. I guess I was about six years old at the time and I was fascinated by television. I started having waking fantasies where I was in a movie and there were crane shots of me during a scene. I would literally see the point of view of the camera going down and following me along the street as I walked home. I had it all sorted out in my head at a very young age. I think I knew right away that I wanted to be an actor.

Was your uncle, Francis Ford Coppola, much of a mentor at that stage?

NICOLAS CAGE: No, not at all. He wasn’t aware of my interest in acting until much later in my life.

Why did you decide to lose your last name, Coppola?

NICOLAS CAGE: Well, I thought the name was an obstacle in the beginning. It got too much interference from other actors and casting agents and it didn’t allow me to relax into what I knew I was meant to do. I couldn’t concentrate on my work because I was being teased for who I was, being a nephew of Coppola, and I was not taken seriously. People didn’t believe that I could be in a movie for any other reason than I was related to my uncle, so I had to believe in myself and I had to change my name.

The idea for G-Force came from the son of the movie’s director, Hoyt Yeatman. You also work closely with your son on the comic book, Voodoo Child. Do you find it easy to bounce ideas around with your own children?

NICOLAS CAGE: Yes, I do. Voodoo Child is something that we worked on many years ago, but my son, Weston, had that idea percolating for a while because we used to go to New Orleans together when he was growing up. We always had this fascination with different cultures and different beliefs. He created this comic book character out of his experiences in New Orleans and we’re hoping it will be turned into a movie at some point.

Would you or your son take on any roles in the movie?

NICOLAS CAGE: Definitely. We already have it sorted out. He would play the bad guy and I would play the detective. That’s how it would work.

What is it you like about New Orleans?

NICOLAS CAGE: I’ve always had an interest in Louisiana – especially New Orleans. I’ve been very fortunate because I was lucky enough to shoot a movie called Bad Lieutenant in Louisiana a while ago.

Why did you sign on for the remake of Bad Lieutenant?

NICOLAS CAGE: I felt that if you’re going to recreate Bad Lieutenant, then you had better find something new to do with it. I didn’t want to play a New York cop because that’s already been done, so we tried something else. A New Orleans cop is a very different kind of energy than a New York cop, so it worked and it seemed right.

Did you enjoy working with Werner Herzog on the film?

NICOLAS CAGE: No one else is quite like Werner. He has a completely different energy altogether. He’s very grandiose and my experience of working with him was everything I hoped it would be. He’s not like any other director I’ve worked with before. By way of example, he does his own slate. He’s in the middle of everything on set and he makes eye contact with everybody: the actor, the cameraman and the sound department. He’s got a real eye. In fact, I call him a visionary genius. He’s something very special indeed. I like Werner a lot. I think he has a good sense of humor and he has a different way of looking at things than other people.

Would you like to work with him again?

NICOLAS CAGE: It’s funny you should ask this question because I spoke to him a couple of weeks ago about working with him again. I would love to play King Ludwig – who is famous for his Bavarian castles – in a movie directed by Werner. I said that we should try to find a way to do it because it’s a great story. I hope it works out.



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Date: 2:12 PM, 11/06/10
RE: Nic interview about G-Force

Thank you Meg! flowerface One thing I have in common with Nic is my prehistoric mobile phone and it's so much easier to read interviews this way! Thank you dear Lady.flowerface ( mind you prehistoric or not, it was this very phone from which the Castle walls and chambers were built! Amazing! Anyway I digress.. ).

My grasp of history is appalling, is this King Ludwig II? wasn't it his Bavarian castle in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ( love that film and make no excuses for it! ) and Disney's Sleeping Beauty and their signature Castle?!

And wasn't he the mad, lonely, arty, dreamy king?yellowflowergrin

Oh it sounds perfect!starry

Would also love to see Voodoo child the movie! with both Nic and Weston in it.action

And..I just wanted to say.....then I'll hush.... I know Nic says he makes these kind of movies for children and families. But I'm neither..just a child at heart without much of a family who has really bad days some times. And movies like G Force work their alchemical magic and .bring a smile! starry





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Date: 11:04 PM, 11/06/10
RE: Nic interview about G-Force

Yes, that's him, it would be a fascinating role to play!
I find him quite interesting to read about. Some modern doctors believe he had Aspergers Syndrome, and there were always rumours about his sexuality.
I would love, love, love to see Nic play this role, and a costume drama too, my heart runneth over! Oh, well, probably another one of those things that never come to fruitation. cry

I didn't know about the chitty chitty castle, but I haven't seen that movie for a long time, Must watch it again.

I don't like many animated movies (collective gasp of horror) so really could not sit through all of G-Force, but I know many adults who do love them, and go to the theatre to see them, sans children too! My favourite is Sleeping Beauty, maybe because it is th first movie I ever saw. The dragon scared me so much!! And the magic mirror in Snow White too, that's major creepy.



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Date: 3:44 PM, 11/07/10
Nic interview about G-Force

But... but... what about Fantasia Lady Trueheart? That and Wizard of Oz are possibly my all time favourite movies! starry

Oooh now you have said more about this King..... and so inspiringly..... I'm feeling a large tingle of excitement at the thought...sir Nic..Mr Herzog....DO IT!! action

Lol....their movie would undoubtedly be very far removed from the Disney land version of the castle though..but I'm enjoying that tension of opposites in this thread!

Here's my favourite G-Force interview with Nic, from Manny The Movie Guy! starry





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Date: 2:11 PM, 11/08/10
RE: Nic interview about G-Force

That's a hoot! Love the voice he's working on too.

It is pretty funny when he does the mole voice......dalmations!

Cute clip, poop in his hand, poop in his hand. LOL



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