Nicolas Cage Says He Might Never Retire from Acting As New Western Movie Comes Out

by John Jamison

Here’s the thing about acting, you get better the more you do it. Well, you certainly don’t get worse. So it only makes sense for Nicolas Cage to keep going into his twilight years. As long as he enjoys the work and keeps finding roles, he could theoretically continue acting into his 100s. It’s a scary thought. But imagine all the Oscar potential in a career spanning 80 years. Of course, that’s not the reason Cage gave when he said was never going to retire.

For Nicolas Cage, acting is quite literally life. Healthy life, at least.

“To do what I do in cinema has been like a guardian angel for me, and I need it. I’m healthier when I’m working, I need a positive place to express my life experience, and filmmaking has given me that. So I’m never going to retire. Where are we now, 117 movies? [Laughs] What’s funny is, my argument with people who go, ‘You work too much,’ was ‘I like working, and it’s healthy, I’m happy when I’m working, and by the way, guys like Cagney and Bogart, they were doing hundreds of movies,'” Cage told Entertainment Weekly recently.

The iconic actor, who many may not know is a Coppola by birth, has been working in movies since the early 1980s. He has more than 100 credits to his name, with his most recent coming on his first Western, “Prisoners of the Ghostland.”

Can you call it a Western? The movie from Japanese director Sion Sono was released on September 17. And Nicolas Cage says it’s the “wildest” movie of his career. IMDb has it classified in the action/horror/thriller genres. Though, its premise is very much in the Western vein. It has received solid support from critics. But you be the judge.

Nicolas Cage Reunited With Fellow ‘Face/Off’ Cast Member

When the topic of wild movies comes up, it’s impossible to avoid the Nicolas Cage and John Travolta classic “Face/Off.” The movie never should have worked. But somehow, when Cage and Travolta’s characters had their faces removed and fastened to other’s bodies, it was awesome.

Nicolas Cage had the pleasure of working with Nick Cassavetes on the 1997 classic. Now, the two have reunited on the set of “Prisoners of the Ghostland.”

“I think what Nick has managed to achieve with his own filmmaking in his own right is remarkable, and I do hope I get to work with him one day on that level. But he brings it, man, he brings so much to his movie performances. I mean, he really cares. I was very happy that he was in the movie with me,” Cage told Entertainment Weekly.

Nicolas Cage’s new movie is available on-demand and in theaters.