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Even though I had left school years ago, as summer transmuted into Autumn and leaves begin to turn, this time of year used to always fill me with that 'back to school' feeling. But since the horrific and tragic events of 9/11, at this time of year my thoughts turn to those who passed and those who lost loved ones at that time. Even though I am not an American, this event left a scar in the heart of the world, one which Nic's movie World Trade Center acknowledges with sincerity and somehow transforms the disbelief and the incomprehension of that event into a faith in the human spirit... and miracles.

 

Here are some Nicolas Cage quotations on the film World Trade Center and the events of 9/11, from a 2006 'In Conversation With Charlie Rose' interview on World Trade Center 

 

On how the role came to him:

Very simply, I was, for about 6 months, trying to figure out a way to apply my talents to something that would be literally healing and all that that means in the big sense, something where you could actually help people, somehow. And I'd made a lot of genre picture that would be healing in regard to it would help you take your mind off your problems, but this was more immediate, more direct, literally dressing an open wound in the psyche of our country. And I'd been thinking about this, how can I do that and within six months, like an answer to my prayers Oliver [Stone, the director] called and had the script to World Trade Center. And I read it and within 24 hours I said yes, I knew right away that this was the answer. I hadn't seen the script and didn't know about the movie, but I had been thinking about this, very CLEARLY, and I had no doubt, the spirit with which we were going to make the movie.

 

On how he sees the movie:

I think it's a positive film, it's about encouragement, that's where it's cathartic, these people are real people, real heroes, who sacrificed themselves for the benefit of others on 9/11, and they survived. I think that is encouraging and healing. 

I don't see this movie as entertainment. I see it as story telling which depicts history. Having said that, I have to go down the red carpet tonight and there will be entertainment based shows there. I am going there in solidarity with John Mcloughlin and all the other men who were on first response, who risked their lives on 9/11 and I'm doing that for solidarity.

 

On portraying John McLoughlin:

I did go to Ground Zero with John Mcloughlin and I looked at all the letters from the kids to the departed and I would think about them as I was going within and I would think about 'God, is there any way we can metaphorically answer these letters?' and that is when I would stay on track and stay focussed and say, ok, this is World Trade Center, let's show what these men went through, let's show how they loved their families.

I asked John,  is there anything I can do? we're shooting the movie, it's happening, is there anything you want me to do, that I can convey on your behalf ? and he said, I just want you to express how thankful I am, please get it across how thankful I am to all these men..who sacrificed their lives to save them, he just couldn't stop saying how thankful he was.

 

On his experience in the movie:

I had an incredible experience making the movie, in 25 years I have to say this has never happened before, they're the real guys, Scott Fox came in and he was acting with me, but the way he was acting, which is the way any great actor wants to get to some truth, he was recalling the day, and I felt an electric current coming out of this man as he was touching me and talking to me, he was saying, "John you're ok, hang in there John" and I was like ''woah, I'm in a room with angels''. That's what it felt like, these angels exist in people. It was incredible and in a way you could say it changed my life. In the belief that people care that much.

 

For the whole amazing interview click here!



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one of the first Nic movies i saw.

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and from than you have been a fan? A powerful introduction to Nic films Floderstarke, an incredible performance too.

I agree with what Nic says here, this film is not entertainment, and can understand how conflicted he must have felt on the red carpet. It isn't a documnetary either, more an approximation of events and that told from the perspectives of these heroic characters.



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Well hard to say since when i became a fan. i only remember that i liked the actor in that movie and saw him somewhere before =)

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I remember that when I was a 8-9 years old child (I think it was about then) My grandma was watching tv, and I was watching with her. And it was a movie about people who where trapped between stones from a building that was collapsed. The movie was interesting for me, and I liked it. When I was about 13 (already a fan) I saw we had the dvd world trade center. And I thought oh okay, I didn't saw that one yet, I'll watch this one. When I was watching the movie, I had this dejavu feeling. Then once I realised OMG this is the movie I saw that evening with my grandma!! So actualy I already liked him and the movie when I was about 8 years :p I only didn't realised xD



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The whole interview is just wonderful, and those words of Nic just ring with such sincerity and heartfelt emotion.

...Scott Fox came in and he was acting with me, but the way he was acting, which is the way any great actor wants to get to some truth, he was recalling the day, and I felt an electric current coming out of this man as he was touching me and talking to me, he was saying, "John you're ok, hang in there John" and I was like ''woah, I'm in a room with angels''. That's what it felt like, these angels exist in people. It was incredible and in a way you could say it changed my life. In the belief that people care that much.




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the last time i saw this movie was on last Argentina's National Teacher's day, i have been deeply affecting by the film World Trade Center and was on the verge of tears when McLoughlin and Jimeno were pulled alive from the ruins, when recollections flows through 9 11, we would never say that time is a great healer


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I agree Tues, it remains very much in the heart of the world as a painful and  tragic event. A film so sincere and honourable as World Trade Center, conveying the experience of some of those actually effected, is incredibly emotional to watch, that in itself can be healing and cathartic.

Lady T, I too was struck by Nic's absolute authenticity in the interview ( I am glad you got to watch it atlast by the way! ) He was so passionately keen to get across some really important things he had to say, and you could tell that everyone in that interview really really cared.



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In fact, as a Chinese I have always harbored a great deal of guilt over the terrorist incidents

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I am sorry to hear that, Tues.  I have always been of the belief that we as a people across the whole world are all responsible for each other in that we are all universally one. It is the failure to embrace this truth that breaks my heart.



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A few of my friends (Tony & Barbara) did background on this movie as part of it was shot in Los Angeles. They said that the intense relationship between Nic and director Oliver Stone resonated vociferously as they seemed to have very different opinions as to how certain scenes should play out.

It is clear that it was so important to Nic that his character and this film be depicted as accurately as the persons they were portraying in the movie would have wanted. I truly admire Nic for this.



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Thanks for sharing a personal insight Gina, it has got to be difficult if visions don't always align, but I guess that energy is all part of the creative process and the final result.

Both Nic and Oliver Stone seemed to both be on the exact same page in this interview, both dedicated to the authentic and honourable portrayal of the experience of these men and their familes, but I have never seen Nic quite so persistent in getting across the important points he really wanted to make in this interview. starry



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I agree Lula. In the end, what was important to me was that Mr. Stone and Nic made and incredible film that will always be remembered as September 11th will always be.

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Gina wrote:

In the end, what was important to me was that Mr. Stone and Nic made and incredible film that will always be remembered as September 11th will always be.


 This! also, Nic's performance in this is just so real and authentic, and you can feel his honest repsect for almost oozing through the performance. It must have been such a painful role to play and he and the other actors and filmmakers must have felt the weight of responsibility not only to the individuals they were portraying.



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Ten years on from 9/11 a day for remembrance and world love.

My thoughts and prayers go to all those effected then and who are still suffering now, to those whose experiences were portrayed so memorably by 'World Trade Center' and to those whose story is yet to be publicly told but remains in the hearts of their families and loved ones. May healing and peace find you.



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Lula Argante wrote:

Ten years on from 9/11 a day for remembrance and world love.

My thoughts and prayers go to all those effected then and who are still suffering now, to those whose experiences were portrayed so memorably by 'World Trade Center' and to those whose story is yet to be publicly told but remains in the hearts of their families and loved ones. May healing and peace find you.


Lula, I am just now seeing your wonderful words here.  Thank you.  It truly does mean so much to Americans when they experience people from other walks of life, and countries, who were not affected by September 11th, but who truly care enough to remember and mourn that day with us.  We move forward!!



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I was phoned by family, to tell me that Nicolas Cage is on Charley Rose, Back when we still had unlimeted broadcasting, and, was blown away, by the consistant caring of this man, we call, Nic Cage.

Unfortunately, I, didn't see the movie for four more years, remarkably on 9/11's anniversary. I had many questions, then, & so, have many others.

This undertaking if Nic's, and Oliver Stone, captured its true personal essance; everybody called upon God that day.



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