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There have been quite a few Nic sightings by fans and news people in Mobile since they started filming there. Seems like Nic is being his usual friendly and gracious self. Here is a NICe shot of him greeting some fans.

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/06/cagespotting_hanging_at_the_ga.html

Cagespotting: a close encounter at The Garage

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Nicolas Cage outside of The Garage nightclub and bar in downtown Mobile, Alabama. (Sharon Bronson)
 
 
 
 
    

MOBILE, Alabama--Around 6 p.m. on Monday at The Garage bar on S. Washington Ave., Mobilian Sharon Bronson caught the attention of Nicolas Cage

"There were about twenty to twenty-five of us standing behind a barricade and he drove by," said Bronson, who works in media sales for Kalifeh Media Group.  "When he got out of the vehicle, he turned around and saw us and immediately walked our way."

Cage was at The Garage to film scenes for the action thriller "Tokarev," shooting in Mobile through mid-July. 

Bronson said Cage shook several of the onlookers' hands, including hers, and said "Hey guys thanks so much for coming out!" 

"I asked him if he was enjoying being in Mobile and he said 'Oh, yes,'" Bronson said. "He was very nice. When he turned around and walked away, I was jumping up and down like a little school girl!" 

Please send your Cagespotting pics and stories to tikenberg@al.com.



-- Edited by Lady Trueheart on Sunday 23rd of June 2013 03:24:21 AM

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Here is another one, Nic being gallant with a local newsperson! There is a video and some pictures at the link.

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/06/cagespotting_valiant_nic_defen.html#/0

Cagespotting: valiant Nic defends local journalist

 

 

 

 
 
 
    

MOBILE, Alabama--Today, on the set of "Tokarev" in downtown Mobile, Nicolas Cage showed he is indeed a man of the people.

 
In a video that aired tonight on Local 15 News, reporter Christian Jennings is shown approaching Cage as he walks to his car to leave the shooting location.  
 
Jennings asks Cage how he likes Mobile, and as Cage gets ready to respond, a police officer pushes Jennings out of Nic's way.
 
Seemingly annoyed by the officer's behavior, Cage tells him it isn't necessary to protect him from Jennings.
 
Then Cage answers Jennings' question. He likes Mobile and its residents very much, he says.  
 
He even touches Jennings' hand reassuringly.
 
Cage, you are our hero. 
 
Now please let me interview you. There is so much I want to know.
 
 
 
 
 
 


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He looks so yummy! And, a hero, indeed! How he reacted! Gracious, NICe and friendly towards his fans, as always! Great finds, Lady T.! Thanks for posting them! :=)

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Here is some fun commentary from an extra on the set of Tokarev.

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/06/cagespotting_an_extra-sensory.html#/0

Cagespotting: an 'extra'-sensory experience on the 'Tokarev' set

 

 
 
 
    
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Nicolas Cage and Al Stokes filming a "Tokarev" press conference scene on Saturday, June 15 in Mobile, Alabama. (Henry Hinojosa)

 

MOBILE, Alabama--A stinging solution of sweat, sparkly blue eye shadow and sunscreen dripped into my eyes as I sat directly under the mid-day sun wearing one of my warmest fall dresses.

 

I squinted at the strange scene before me. On a stage flanked by blue and white balloons, Nicolas Cage and Al Stokes both held a shovel which they proceeded to plunge into a small pile of dirt. 

I had seen this groundbreaking pantomime several times. And this time would not be the last. 

 

Last Saturday, I worked as an extra on the set of "Tokarev." I got a call at about 8 p.m.  the night before informing me that local media folks were needed to play local media folks in a press conference scene.  

Extras had to be at the parking lot at Cedar and Conti at 8:30 a.m.  

So much for sleeping in.  

 

From the lot, we would be shuttled to the site of the new Maritime Museum where the scene would take place.  

 

We had to bring a few business casual clothing options that would be appropriate for a scene set in fall weather.  The person in charge of wardrobe would choose the best look.

 

This was good, because the only clean clothes I had were some warm fall frocks. And this was bad, because Saturday was going to be hellfire hot and wearing them would be torture.

 

But I couldn't pass up this chance to be hot and miserable all morning; and not because I harbor any fantasies of being a movie star.  

I'd be quite a lame entertainment reporter if I didn't do it.  And the potential proximity to Cage would be priceless.  I didn't  know at that point if he'd even be in the scene, but I chose to believe he would. 

 

By now, I realize a Cage-sighting isn't such a glamorous distinction. Everyone in downtown Mobile has already seen him and shaken his hand five million times.

 

Still, I couldn't pass up the possible extended bout of Cagespotting being on set would offer.

 

And I did end up seeing many sides of Cage that morning. 

There was Cage the family man, resting between takes with his son Kal-El in his lap; Cage the committed actor man, giving his all in a very simple scene, and wearing a heavy dark suit to boot!  

 

And then there was Cage the jocular everyman, bantering with Mayor Sam Jones' Chief of Staff Al Stokes, who played the Mayor of Mobile in the scene.

 

Stokes as mayor is one of several meta-Mobile touches that will make "Tokarev" extra fun to see for locals.  

According to the producers, "Tokarev" is actually set in Mobile.  Mobile is not made up to be New York, L.A., or some other city.

 

Before I share more of my extra-special day, let me break down the scene to which I made such an enormous contribution: 

Cage's character Paul Maguire and Stokes' Mayor plunge a shovel into a pile of dirt. Then Stokes gets behind a podium and thanks the assembled media and construction workers for coming to the groundbreaking of something called "The Riverview Convention Center." 

Then the media folks raise their hands to ask questions like, 'How many jobs will be provided on the project?" Stokes answers.

 

I didn't have any lines, and no one told me specifically what to do. 

I just scribbled in my reporter's notebook, occasionally looked up, and tried to maintain good posture and not look like too much of a melted mess.  

Some of the other extras playing photographers snapped fake pictures with fake cameras.

 

After the movie mayor addresses the press, Maguire very seriously answers questions including an inquiry about how the project will stimulate the economy. Then the mayor thanks everyone for coming to the press conference. 

Clap, clap, clap.

According to summaries of the "Tokarev" plot, Cage's character is a reformed criminal who becomes an upstanding citizen and then goes back to his violent, lawless ways after the Russian mafia kidnaps his daughter.

 

It appears Maguire is still in upstanding citizen mode when the press conference scene takes place. Or maybe he's secretly being a bad boy already and the public just doesn't know.

 

This scene was far more subdued than the  foot and car-chases, shoot-outs and fights being filmed all around town for the past two weeks.

 

In the press conference scene, Stokes did an awesome job of looking and sounding mayorial, which really isn't such a stretch for him. And Cage was very earnest and grave as he delivered his lines. I could tell Paul Maguire is a man people admire. 

 

During one of the initial takes, Stokes slightly messed up one of his lines, and Cage briefly broke out of character to joke around with him.

 

"Flubs are awesome," Cage said jovially. "They have this reality to them."

 

After the first few takes, Stokes and the extras took a break in the lower floor of The Alabama Cruise Terminal. Stokes was feeling,well, stoked, after acting with Cage.

 

"He is a really personable individual," Stokes said. The beaming Chief of Staff also said, "All of us have a little bit of wannabe actor inside of us."

 

Stokes added that his role wasn't much of a challenge because he has decades of experience speaking at press conferences and other gatherings. 

 

"I felt as if I was doing what I normally do," he said.

I talked to Stokes in the terminal at about 11 a.m.

 

My day had started two and a half hours earlier when I arrived at the Conti and Cedar parking lot for wardrobe approval. 

 

Being an extra means a world of waiting. It does not make you feel fancy and famous. Or at least it didn't make me feel fancy and famous. 

I felt kind of like a hobo when I hauled my trash bag full of dresses into the parking lot. All the other extras had brought their clothes on hangers. None of my clothes were made of wrinkly fabrics so I thought it was okay to just throw 'em all in a bag. 

It didn't take long for the clothes-chooser to pull a winner from my trash bag of fashion 

 

She really liked the second dress she saw; a long-sleeved rayon, polyester and spandex color-blocked Tahari number.

 

I knew she would pick that dress. It's an awesome dress. And it would be the most uncomfortable of all the options I brought. 

But if Cage could run and rumble around all day under the Mobile summer sun in leather jackets, I could surely stand one hot morning in a very weather-inappropriate outfit.

The wardrobe mistress also approved the black leather Mary Janes I brought. I was relieved that she hadn't opted for the knee-high brown leather boots I'd also presented. 

I was then directed to a set of trailers and told to change in one. Turns out the one I chose was actually someone's office and not a dressing room.  

Good thing I had finished changing when the person whose office it was walked in and discovered me.

 

At around 9:30 the other extras and I where whisked in a shuttle to The Alabama Cruise Terminal. Once we arrived, we were escorted to the second floor where we would wait until called down to the set.  It was very nice of them to let us wait inside, temporarily sheltered from the heat and humidity.

 

To pass the time, I read "The Untidy Pilgrim" by Eugene Walter and partook of the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bottled water and  other sources of sustenance provided by the crew.

 

At approximately 10:30 we were called down to the set.  As I walked out of the terminal and towards the rows of white folding chairs in which we were to sit, Cage crossed my path.

 

My faith was not in vain.

Cage did not let me down.

I tell you, the most curious thing I've discovered about Cage in these couple weeks that I've known him is that he seems totally and completely normal. 

He's not a bundle of tics and psychodrama like Castor Troy or Charlie Kaufman.  And if his head was going to burst into flames, "Ghost Rider"-style, it definitely would have done it by now. It's definitely been hot enough.

He's just a focused, un-fussy, workin' man. 

Over two and a half hours, about ten takes of the super-short press conference scene were shot. 

Most of the takes seemed exactly the same to me. I don't understand why they had to do it so many times. 

But I'm sure the film's director Paco Cabezas had perfectly good reasons for the repetition. 

 

Throughout the shoot,  Cabezas was a bouncing ball of energy. The dynamic director and writer from Seville, Spain dashed around the set and very professionally and amicably guided his cast and crew.

"Tokarev" is Cabezas' American directorial debut, and he seems very excited to be here.

 

In between takes, the extras and some crew members took shelter in the cruise terminal parking garage or inside the terminal.  

Cage sat outside under a tent and chatted with Cabezas and other people important enough to talk to him.  

Around noon,  Cage's wife Alice and son Kal-El showed up. 

 

Cage looked like quite the contented dad as he sat back with his son in his lap. I so wanted to go over and talk to Cage and family, but I was afraid I'd be tased or worse if I tried to approach them.

 

So close, yet so far away. I'd have to be satisfied with watching from afar as I drank a cold Diet Coke. Rejuvenating, refreshing icy Diet Coke. It was so nice to have coolers filled with soft drinks and water on set.

 

By then, I was so drenched and disheveled and tired that I barely even felt relieved that the last take was supposedly coming up. 

For some reason, the extras who sat in the first two rows in the scene had to stay longer than those in the back rows.

I cursed my decision to sit in the second row as I scribbled my way through the last couple takes.

At 12:40, we wrapped and my work was done. 

We piled back into the shuttle and returned to Conti and Cedar where I signed some release forms before heading home at 1:30 p.m.

When I got home, I cranked my air conditioning up, changed out of my yucky  clothes, and plopped down on my couch for a long nap.

It hadn't and still hasn't really sunk in that I'm going to be in a movie, if they don't end up cutting the scene or digitally super-impose a superior, non-sweaty actress over me.

Actually, I wouldn't mind the latter. 

I suggest they use Maggie Gyllenhaal.

 

 



-- Edited by Lady Trueheart on Monday 24th of June 2013 08:41:59 PM

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What a great article from that lucky extra! It was a NICtastic read! Now, we get a little glimps of how it feels like for an extra to have a scene with Nic! Thanks for posting it, Lady T.! :)

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Seems like Nic is being very visible in Mobile, I am wishing I were there too! Here he is having his pic taken with a student visiting there.

http://elizabethtown.wect.com/news/education/88553-wbhs-beta-club-students-meet-nicolas-cage-conference



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Still more Cagespotting! I don't think we have seen so many articles and pictures of Nic while filming a movie since Ghost Rider2! It is pretty cool to see all the interest. Lucky extra got her pic with Nic!

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/06/cagespotting_and_glovergazing.html#/0

 MOBILE, Alabama—On Sunday evening, in The Royal Street Tavern, Nicolas Cage's "Tokarev" character Paul Maguire got some very unsettling information.

The celeb-watchers waiting outside on the sidewalk said the scene being shot inside the tavern, involved Danny Glover's character Detective St. John telling Maguire that his daughter had been kidnapped.

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Nicolas Cage in a sea of adoring fans outside The Royal Street Tavern in downtown Mobile, Alabama, where shooting for "Tokarev" was taking place. Sunday, June 23, 2013. (Jeremy Stewart)

 According to "Tokarev"'s plot, it's that criminal act that catapults Maguire back into the life of violence and lawlessness he abandoned years ago.

About twenty onlookers were waiting for Glover to emerge from the tavern. They said Cage had already made his exit. 

It was a lovely night for stargazing. The rain earlier in the day had significantly cooled the temperature, and refreshing sprinkles fell from the sky. 

"Tokarev" director Paco Cabezas enjoyed the break from the heat by tooling around on his scooter on Royal Street, right in front of the tavern and The Battle House Hotel. 

Cage made a surprise re-appearance at about 7:30 p.m.  Carrying a suitcase, he breezed  past the crowd and entered the Battle House.   He then got on the hotel elevator. 

At around 8 p.m., Glover came out and was met with greetings and applause from the crowd. 

The venerable actor, who recently arrived in town, looked spent. He said he'd worked 15 hours on Sunday and was exhausted. 

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"Tokarev" extra Melinda Peterson captures a moment with Nic on Sunday, June 23, 2013 in Mobile, Alabama. (Jante Daughdrill)

 Still, he was gracious enough to hang around for about ten minutes and let the Glover-gazers snap his picture to their hearts' content.

After Glover got into a car and was driven away, starstruck Glovergazer Sherie Cash said "I'm excited. It was an honor to meet him."

In between the celeb appearances, "Tokarev" extra Melinda Peterson dished about her experience working all day with the superstars. 

Peterson and the other extras were decked out in formal gowns. 

Apparently the Royal Street Tavern played a fancy, high-class watering hole in the scene

Peterson said her day started at noon, when she arrived at the official"Tokarev" parking lot at Cedar and Conti streets.

She said the extras were shuttled from the lot to the Royal Street Tavern.

She wouldn't give away any particulars of the scene that was shot, but she said  Cage and Glover were fiercely focused on their work.

"You can tell they're all business; but Nicolas Cage is more business," she said.

Peterson said her day involved a lot of waiting, and that she spent about four hours inside the Royal Street Tavern participating in the scene.  

Her closeness to Cage kept it from getting boring. 

"I just couldn't stop looking at him," she said. "He's so good looking. He has gorgeous eyes."

Sunday marked the end of nearly a week of continuous shooting of car chase sequences and more "Tokarev" scenes in the heart of downtown Mobile. 

Several streets were closed last week and during the weekend to accommodate the action.

 



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Those are really NICe pics! multicolourloveIt was really NICe of him to wave at his fans, on the first pic! And, the extra on the second pic looks really happy! Great article and NICe pics! Thanks for posting it, Lady T.!flowerface



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Here is a very sweet story! Click on the link to see the video.

 http://www.wkrg.com/story/22808486/nic-cage-stops-driver-to-take-picture-with-girl

Nic Cage Stops Driver to Take Picture with Girl

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There's a picture on WKRG'S Facebook fan page that has received a lot of attention. It has thousands of "likes" and hundreds of shares and comments.

 

10-year-old Breanna Bennett and her mother Rocky Smith went to a filming location Tuesday hoping to see movie star Nicolas Cage.

 

"We asked if we might be able to get to see him, she just wanted a glimpse of him," said Breanna's mother Rocky.

 

But, Breanna got more than a glimpse With a smile on her face and a wave of her hand, she got a picture with Nicolas Cage.

 

"She just covers her mouth, drops her mouth and starts waving. Well, when she did that he reached over to the driver and said, 'Stop'. He got out of his car and walked over to me and said, 'May I have my picture taken with your daughter ma'am?," Rocky describe the scene

 

"I was just thinking…. Did he really just do that?," said Breanna with a smile on her face.

 

When WKRG posted the picture on our Facebook fan page, it took off. As of 4:00 Wednesday afternoon, the picture had close to 29,000 "likes."

 

Of course it's neat to have a picture with a celebrity in our hometown, but what most find so endearing, is how nice Cage was to Breanna.

 

A lot of our fans have commented saying how much it says about his character for making her day, and how nice it was to ask permission to take a picture with her.

 

"He was nice.. very, very, very, nice," said Breanna.

 

Breanna also has a special message for Nic.

 

"I just wanna say thank you for letting me do that."

 

 

 



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Both are looking very happy on that pic! biggrinAnd, Nic is a true gentleman! multicolourloveI guess, if that would happen to me, I, could imagine, I would have reacted quite in the same way as that little girl! Thanks, Lady T., for making my day, by posting this wonderful article and vid!



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Living next door to the movie set has it's perks! Apparently the filming winds up this week. News video at the link.

http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/local_news/mobile_county/girl-experiences-tokarevs-final-scenes

Girl experiences Tokarev's final scenes

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - For the past six weeks, production crews have been hard at work filming the Nicolas Cage movie “Tokarev” in Mobile. Amid all the explosions and car chases, one lucky 15-year-old girl has become friends with members of the cast and crew.

Natalie McDuffie can practically hear the words “lights, camera, action!” from her bedroom window. That’s because production of “Tokarev” has been going on right next door to her house.

“The crew would never tell us to leave because it's our neighborhood. So we were always going to be welcomed,” said Natalie.

The sophomore at Davidson became friends with several members of the cast and crew and most importantly, Mr. Nicolas Cage himself.

"Me and my brother would go camp out in front of the house till 2 in the morning just watching them film. He said: “Oh you better hurry up. Nicolas Cage is about to come out so if you want to take your picture, just ask him and he'll take your picture. I asked him if I could take his picture and he said "Is this your camera?" and I said "Yes." I was just so shocked that he was actually talking to me He had just got done filming a fight scene. And he looked pretty mad and I guess he was still in character so I just got my picture with him and just got out of his way,” she said.

For Natalie, meeting Cage, and the crew in her own backyard is a memory she'll never forget.

"Even though the crew didn't know me, they welcomed me. Everybody was just really sweet. They just welcomed you, and it was like a second family to me."

As production comes to a close this week, film crews have been putting some last minute scenes together with Mobile’s finest.

On Sunday night, a finale of sorts to a 6-week long production took place at the intersection of Dauphin and Royal Streets as a Mobile police cruiser exploded for one of the scenes.

Producer Michael Mendelsohn did not wrap until proper thanks was given.

“I want to hear a big cheer for the Mobile, Alabama fire department and police department,” said Mendelsohn.

The crowd erupted with appreciation.

Production on the film ends this week.



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Nic has finished filming Tokarov and has left Mobile. I will miss all the great fan pics we have been lucky enough to see!
 
 
MOBILE, Alabama - After two months of explosions, car chases and Cagespotting in Mobile, filming for the action movie “Tokarev” finally wraps up Thursday. Nicolas Cage, playing the principal role, shot his final scenes at a private home near the corner of Mount Island Road and Airport Boulevard Monday.

To the dismay of many Mobilians, Cage left town on Tuesday, according to Elizabeth Wolfe, a spokeswoman for the film, and did not grant interviews with the media during production.

But the excitement his presence created was palpable. Everyone in the community was happy Nicolas Cage was here, according to Eva Golson, director of the Mobile Film Office.

“We make movies here all the time,” Golson said. “But this one was different.”

It was the excitement over big Hollywood stars like Nicolas Cage and Danny Glover that really set “Tokarev” apart. But there were other aspects that made this film special to the community.

It was the first film shot primarily in downtown Mobile, according to Golson, which was exciting for all the people who live and work in the area. Getting a chance to watch the action up-close was a new and different experience.

“Tokarev” was also the first major Hollywood film shot in Alabama since the Entertainment Industry Incentive Act of 2009, which offers rebates and tax-breaks to qualified production companies.

As part of the incentive, companies receive 35 percent payroll rebates for residents of Alabama hired as talent and crew. The production company for "Tokarev," Hannibal Classics, took advantage of this rebate, hiring many local acting extras and production crew, according to Golson.

“We were always looking around the set to see who we knew,” she said. “It was nice to see so many familiar faces.”

Diane Hall of the Mobile Film Office said she is already scouting locations for other production companies, and is thrilled the state legislature finally passed filmmaking incentives in Alabama.

“We’re looking forward to the next one,” Hall said, “and there’s more on the horizon.”

 

 



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I got my photo with Nick at aboit midnight after he had been shooting for 12 hours. Someone asked for a photo and he said sure and made sure everyone had a picture and autogragh that wanted one. It was also 6 degres F and he didn't have a coat. I thought that was pretty cool.

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It is very cool, Frozen, and I think Nic sounds like such a great guy to do this. He doesn't have to, lots of actors refuse photos and autographs. Nic seems to be most accomodating, on and off set.



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