Nicolas Cage Reveals He Doesn’t Like Being Called “An Actor”, Here’s Why

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Nicolas Cage starred in three movies that were released in 2021 — Pig, Willy’s Wonderland, and Prisoners of the Ghostland. In the most recent movie Pig, Cage played Rob, a former chef-turned-truffle hunter who seeks the person for which he believes stole his titular animal.

Cage recently spoke on Variety’s Awards Circuit podcast about his career, and one of the things he said is that he doesn’t like being called an actor. Why? Because for him, being a good actor means being a good liar. Cage also revealed which words he prefers over the word “actor”.

“For me it always implies, ‘Oh, he’s a great actor, therefore he’s a great liar.’ So with the risk of sounding like a pretentious a**hole, I like the word ‘thespian’ because thespian means you’re going into your heart, or you’re going into your imagination, or your memories or your dreams, and you’re bringing something back to communicate with the audience.” — Nicolas Cage for Variety

57-year-old thespian also revealed how is he picking the roles he’s going to play — by avoiding expectations.

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“It was my aunt Talia Shire who first said to me, ‘Naturalism is a style.’ And I was also a big believer in arts synchronicity, and that what you could do with one art form you could do and another meaning. You know, in painting, for example, you can get abstract, you can get photorealistic, you can get impressionistic, why not try that with film performance?”

In 2022, we’re set to watch Cage in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, The Retirement Plan, and The Old Way.