Nicolas Cage Talks GHOST RIDER SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE, Karaoke, His Favorite Director, Actor and Movie, and a Lot More

     February 12, 2012


With Neveldine/Taylor’s Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance opening next weekend, the other day I interviewed a lot of the cast in New York City.  In the sequel, Johnny Blaze (Cage) is hiding out in Eastern Europe when a motor-cycle riding warrior monk (Idris Elba) recruits him to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the Devil (Ciaran Hinds). The film also stars Violante Placido, Anthony Head, Christopher Lambert and Johnny Whitworth. For more on Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeace, here’s my Romania set visit, on set interviews, new images, five movie clips, and 12 minutes of behind the scenes footage from when the production was filming in Europe.

During my interview with Cage we talked about playing both Johnny Blaze and Ghost Rider (in the first film Ghost Rider was played by a stunt man), working with Neveldine/Taylor and what they brought to the film, a great sequence where he’s almost transforming and the way his performance is amplified by CG, karaoke, his favorite movie, actor and director, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Ghost-Rider-Spirit-of-Vengeance-image-NICOLAS-CAGEFinally, if you’d like to hear more from Cage on making Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance, here’s the almost twenty minute interview I did on set which we reference in the interview below.

Nicolas Cage

  • What’s his favorite movie, actor and director
  • What’s his karaoke song
  • Talks about how he plays both Ghost Rider and Johnny Blaze
  • Talks about a great sequence where he’s almost transforming and the way his performance is mixed with the CGI
  • Talks about working with Neveldine/Taylor and what they brought to the film. Talks about how they risked they lives to entertain you.


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  • Kingsley

    Great interview. Cage is not given the respect he is due. For my money he is the greatest actor of his generation. Prolific too

  • drod

    Nic always comes across as a good guy. I think he’s one of few actors I’d like to meet. Good Interview!

    • jarjarshoulddie

      I met him once. Pretty polite and personable in my encounter.

  • battleangel

    Agreed, he’s a special one. He’s tackled every genre imaginable, played every kind of role, and still manages to be one of the most incredibly idiosyncratic guys out there. And he keeps going for the weird roles! You don’t see that from Johnny Depp… Depp got one lick of true hollywood fame and dove in with both hands, which is not to say that I wouldn’t have done the same, but it amounts to a passing of the crazy mantle. Cage has had a (fluctuating) fortune for years, but National Treasure is the closest thing he’s had to a puss-out and frankly, those movies are more consistent than Pirates (or any of the other pure crap Depp stars in these days). Nic Cage really stands in an extremely small group of people who have gone all over the map and kept their artistry fully intact. I’ve legitimately never seen the dude give anything but a completely invested, brilliant performance.

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