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James Dean inspired Cage

entertainment Updated: Aug 17, 2010 00:38 IST

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Actor Nicolas Cage admits that he was fascinated by movies and TV from a very young age and spent a lot of time trying to work out how to get on television, but didn’t find a focus for his ambition until he was a teenager and saw actor James Dean on the big screen.

“I’d watch the TV intently and try to figure out how to get inside it from the living room carpet,”


quoted him as saying. “But it wasn’t until I was 15 that I went to the New Beverly Cinema, a little arthouse cinema in Los Angeles, and I discovered James Dean in

East of Eden

(1955). The scene where he’s trying to give Raymond Massey the money from the beans he sold on his father’s birthday blew my mind,” he said.