Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage on his childhood, parents and upcoming films He has appeared in over 60 films and is an Academy Award winner. Nicolas Cage, who voices Grug, the head of a family in the 3D animated flick, The Croods, talks about stuff we didn’t know about him.
How did The Croods speak to you?
This film really is for the whole family and not just the kids. And look, I’m a pretty emotional guy and I’m in touch with my feelings. I wouldn’t be able to do the work that I’ve selected for myself if I wasn’t.
Did you relate to the story as a father?
Oh, absolutely! I’m a father myself and I think if you care, it’s impossible not to be a protective father because you want your loved ones to be safe.
Do you still miss your childhood?
Oh yeah, my childhood was extraordinary because of my parents. I was raised by a father who was a professor of arts and literature and my mother was a modern dancer, who has issues emotionally. Both aspects informed me — my father gave me an intellectual life and my mother gave me an emotional life and the two worked very well in acting.
How did your upbringing help you choose roles over the years?
I need to know that the filmmaker I’m working with has a vision of me in some way where he can help me reinvent myself. And what that means is, if I work with younger filmmakers, who are enthusiastic, who may have understood me or grew up with me, they will have a vision of what to do with me. My point, in a long-winded way, is just to stay working with people who care and have an honest vision about what they are going to do.