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I'm going to steal the Declaration of Independence. — Nicolas Cage

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I know there's been a lot that's been said about animated voice work, as though it's 'you can do this in your jeans and there's no camera and no pressure there. It's no big deal. It's easy.' The truth is, it's really a great test: how deep is your ability is to access your imagination? — Nicolas Cage

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I do like characters that have flaws, some sort of pathos to them that they are trying to sort out. — Nicolas Cage

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With every action oriented or adventure film, there's going to be a moment when every actor becomes a stuntman and every stuntman becomes an actor. You try to do as much of it as you can, but inevitably the studio wants you to finish the movie. So you've got to slow down and you're really got to defer to your team to make sure you do. — Nicolas Cage

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I really think it's important that my beliefs don't impinge upon what you get from the movie. It's your opinion that matters and it's far more interesting than mine. — Nicolas Cage

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When I act, I hear it like music. In my head, I hear the dialogue like music. — Nicolas Cage

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When you start a movie, it's not like other kinds of work that you have when you know your boss for years or colleagues for years. You're meeting everyone, mostly, for the first time. You have to get comfortable with those people so you can perform, because the first thing that is going to shut you down is any kind of anxiety. — Nicolas Cage

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There is a misperception, if you will, in critical response or even in Hollywood, that I can only do exaggerated characters. Or what they would call over-the-top performances. Well, this is completely false. — Nicolas Cage

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Children, to me, are of the utmost importance. They're really the future, aren't they? — Nicolas Cage

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The fact that 'Astro Boy' appealed to me as a boy in America was proof that the story and character transcend cultural stereotypes. — Nicolas Cage

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I'm very impressed with 'Drive.' — Nicolas Cage

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The most meaningful movies I can make are the ones where parents can share them with their children and children can look forward to sharing them with their parents, a ritual if you will, where they get to spend time together and the kids are smiling. — Nicolas Cage

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I try not to be proud. I try to actively attack pride. — Nicolas Cage

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I'm a seeker. I'm very much a believer in science. But I do think there are times when science and mysticism intersect. — Nicolas Cage

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I would say that I'm 98 percent skeptical, but the other 2 percent [is] open for the possibility of things. — Nicolas Cage

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Good science fiction is intelligent. It asks big questions that are on people's minds. It's not impossible. It has some sort of root in the abstract. — Nicolas Cage

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Acting is always at the core of my life, but I'm also excited about producing. I'm excited about directing, and I have a life in the filmmaking world, and so I want to explore all aspects of it, not just the acting, but acting is the root. — Nicolas Cage

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I remember once imagining what my life would be like, what I'd be like. I pictured having all these qualities, strong positive qualities that people could pick up on from across the room. But as time passed, few became qualities that I actually had. And all the possibilities I faced, and the sorts of people I could be, all of them got reduced every year to fewer and fewer until finally they got reduced to one - to who I am. And that's who I am. — Nicolas Cage

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I see myself as a student. I would never call myself a master or a maestro. If you take the path of the student, that means that you have to try a little bit of everything in the hopes that you're going to learn something or strike some kind of new note or new sound or new expression in the process. I'm not going for grades. I'm going for an education. That means I'm going to continue experimenting and trying new things to try to evolve and learn. — Nicolas Cage

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I'm not a trained actor. I'm someone who is autodidactic and learned on my own. — Nicolas Cage

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When I was eight, I would look at the cover of the 'Ghost Rider' comic book in my little home in Long Beach, California, and I couldn't get my head around how something that scary could also be good. To me it was my first philosophical awakening - 'How is this possible, this duality?' — Nicolas Cage

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I know what it's like to meet someone you admire and have them be a complete jerk. — Nicolas Cage

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I think that 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' was mentally taxing, if only because I had to go to a Christmas party shortly after I had wrapped photography in Romania at two in the morning as the Ghost Rider. The invitation had a Christmas ornament on it with Ghost Rider's face on it as a tree. — Nicolas Cage

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I happen to still like really dark, dramatic, fractured characters. They're the reason I got into movies. — Nicolas Cage

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I don't find the same things funny that many other people seem to find funny. I don't really respond to sex jokes and things like that. Some of my friends look at me and go, "Come on, Nic, that was my best joke. Why aren't you laughing?" I go, "I really don't know why I'm not laughing. I'm sort of out of sync with it." So I'd have to find something that was really about weird human behavior for me to laugh. — Nicolas Cage

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As a teenager I was more of an anarchist, but now I want people to thrive and be harmonious. — Nicolas Cage

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Mel Blanc is a hero because of what he could do with his voice for all the Looney Tunes, the Warner Brothers cartoons, to be the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig. — Nicolas Cage

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When you have 400 people watching you making a movie, it doesn't go where you want it to go. It's a lot of pressure. — Nicolas Cage

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I like to work with young people because young people haven't had their dreams kicked out of them yet. They're full of confidence and imagination and vision and when they score, that all get's empowered. — Nicolas Cage

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Science fiction is a way that I can go into the abstract, go into the imagination, and audiences are still willing to go along for the ride. — Nicolas Cage

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If you have people that totally support you and have your back, I feel like you have all the confidence in the world, and you believe that you can do things that most people can't achieve. I feel that's really important. — Nicolas Cage

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That was one of the reasons why I wanted to tell the story of Colin Price. I saw someone in this fictionalized political character that was trying to do something important for his city. He meant well, but then you see that the human flaws had really derailed his past. It seems to be happening more and more in our country. I wanted to hold a mirror up to that. — Nicolas Cage

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The only way the devil really exists in my opinion ... is in interactions with people who don't walk the walk and talk the talk; people who act one way, or talk one way and then do another. Those are the deals with the devil. I don't see the devil as somebody who is a horned, goateed guy with a fork in his hand that's there to continuously stab me and send my soul to hell. I don't see it that way at all. — Nicolas Cage

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When I won the Oscar, I made a point of actively going against that and doing adventure films like 'Con Air' and 'Gone in 60 Seconds,' not what would be expected. — Nicolas Cage

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Personally, my interests are ancient history and ancient civilizations. In my own life, I'd like to go to places like Easter Island. — Nicolas Cage

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I'm always fearful of something happening to people I love. That doesn't go away. — Nicolas Cage

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First of all the criteria that I have that goes into any career decision is whether or not I have the life experience, emotional resources to play the part truthfully or the imagination. Second, would be the director. — Nicolas Cage

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I care about the connection with the audience. Film is such a powerful medium. Movies can change the way people think. — Nicolas Cage

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I think it's no secret that I've tried to take chances in my career and also in my life, and I believe to not live in fear. — Nicolas Cage

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Feel like real time unfolding. It's going to smack of reality and feel as real as it can ... The buildings themselves aren't (shown) ... The movie's about what happened amongst this handful of men when the buildings came down. — Nicolas Cage

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I love England - it's no secret. — Nicolas Cage

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Picasso said, 'Art is a lie that tells the truth.' What if you just want to tell the truth and not lie about it? — Nicolas Cage

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I'll speak for myself, but there's a lot of humor to be found in sarcasm and darkness. You talk to any paramedic, they survive by developing a pretty off-kilter sense of humor. — Nicolas Cage

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I'm always curious about what happens when we die. And I'd like to think that somehow the spirit goes on. I'd rather not think that it's just about this. — Nicolas Cage

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I'm at the point now where I know I'm doing something right when a movie gets mixed reviews, because then I'm not in the box. I don't want to make it too easy for people and I don't want to make it too easy for myself. I want to try something unusual. — Nicolas Cage

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I try to keep my characters raising more questions than giving answers. I don't want to leave too much on the table. I want you to have your connection and your secret understanding of the character. — Nicolas Cage

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It's amazing marrying someone who wants nothing to do with Hollywood. — Nicolas Cage

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I do tend to apply myself to projects that make me uncomfortable because usually when that happens I try to find a way of existing in the project that is more creative. — Nicolas Cage

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Yeah, my real name is Coppola. I changed it because they'd think I was some nepotism-oriented kid. — Nicolas Cage

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Actors work with their look. I come from the Lon Chaney Sr. school of acting. I'll wear wigs, I'll wear nose pieces, I'll wear green contact lenses in my eyes. I'll do whatever I need to do to create a character. — Nicolas Cage

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Nobody wants to watch perfection. — Nicolas Cage

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You often feel like you are on a high wire with no net productions because you have to rely on spontaneity and come up with ideas on the spur of the moment - and then what happens is that there is electricity to it that gets caught. — Nicolas Cage

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Generally my instinct is to not do biographical movies. I want to build characters and not be locked into playing a part in history. — Nicolas Cage

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Guy Pearce is very precise and clear about understanding the rhythm and the music of a scene. — Nicolas Cage

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I use technology for communication, but I don't have a Blackberry or an iPhone. I use an outdated cell phone, but I'm fine with it. — Nicolas Cage

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I loved 'Fantasia' as a kid because it filled me with wonder, enchantment and awe. It was my first real introduction into classical music. It was totally inspiring to me. — Nicolas Cage

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I find children inspiring. The way they look at the world. The magical world they live in, to me, is inspiring. — Nicolas Cage

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Someone like Vincent Price or somebody like Christopher Lee, they never won an award, and it doesn't matter. They're cool. — Nicolas Cage

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My mother was a dancer, so I like to use the body as part of the instrument of acting. — Nicolas Cage

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People often say that you should never work with child actors. I think that's all wrong. Children have not had the imagination kicked out of them by life experience and adulthood. So, they still are very much alive with that kind of magical thinking which enables an actor to believe they're in these circumstances and make them real to you. — Nicolas Cage

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How do you say one actor is better than another actor? You can definitely say that in the Olympics if it's the same race and someone wins the race. The only way to really do it and have it be sincere would be if you get all the actors together, and they're all playing the same part, and then you rate which one made you feel the most. — Nicolas Cage

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I definitely went through my magic phase. I think all little boys do at some point or another - they get fascinated by magic tricks. — Nicolas Cage

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I think that if you go about making movies to win Oscars, you're really going about it the wrong way. — Nicolas Cage

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I love art, I love music. I can listen to Stockhausen and a very experimental, avant-garde approach, and I can listen to Beethoven and have a more classical, traditional approach. Why not be able to do that with film performance? — Nicolas Cage

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With my name in cement, I feel actualised. - On cementing his hand prints on Sunset Boulevard — Nicolas Cage

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I think what makes people fascinating is conflict, it's drama, it's the human condition. Nobody wants to watch perfection. — Nicolas Cage

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I was always shocked when I went to the doctor's office and they did my X-ray and didn't find that I had eight more ribs than I should have or that my blood was the color green. — Nicolas Cage

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My father once said, 'If you're in the desert and you're dying of thirst, are you going to drink a glass of blood or are you going to drink a glass of water?' I think what he was trying to say, interesting coming from my blood father, is sometimes there are people in your family that can be toxic. — Nicolas Cage

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I never say never, but I haven't been given the quality of script to compel me to go on television. — Nicolas Cage

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I may be alone in this, but I do sense the power of film, in that movies have the ability to literally change people's minds. That's pretty powerful stuff when you consider that. — Nicolas Cage

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There's a fine line between the Method actor and the schizophrenic. — Nicolas Cage

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To be a good actor you have to be something like a criminal, to be willing to break the rules to strive for something new. — Nicolas Cage

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I guess it would fall into the stalker category more or less. I was being stalked by a mime - silent but maybe deadly. Somehow, this mime would appear on the set of Bringing Out the Dead and start doing strange things. I have no idea how it got past security. Finally, the producers took some action and I haven't seen the mime since. But it was definitely unsettling. — Nicolas Cage

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I do enjoy animated movies. I really love anime and movies like 'Spirited Away' and 'Howl's Moving Castle.' — Nicolas Cage

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I never studied dance, but if you look at 'Wild At Heart,' my mother saw that movie and said, 'You are a dancer. Look at how you're moving: all that strange energy is like modern dance.' — Nicolas Cage

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Celebrity is a word I take great umbrage with. I'm actively anti-celebrity. — Nicolas Cage

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I actually enjoy working with green screen, because I can imagine all that stuff happening, and I really cut my teeth on a movie I made called "Adaptation" where I had to imagine four-page dialogue scenes with my twin brother, who was nothing more than a tennis ball and a gas stand. — Nicolas Cage

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Snakes are sometimes perceived as evil, but they are also perceived as medicine. If you look at an ambulance, there's the two snakes on the side of the ambulance. The caduceus, or the staff of Hermes, there's the two snakes going up it, which means that the venom can also be healing. — Nicolas Cage

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Hollywood didn't know if I was an actor or a nut or if I was this crazy character I was playing. I had developed an image of being a little bit unusual, different and wild. — Nicolas Cage

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I bought a Yamaha-1 and I was doing 180 miles per hour home on the 405 and that's really, really crazy but I did it. — Nicolas Cage

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I think I've become more relaxed throughout my career. I don't feel the need to jump up and down and make a big noise to get people to pay attention to me. I don't need to do punk rock gestures or eat a cockroach or do something weird to say I exist. — Nicolas Cage

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I don't think movies are the reason why this violence exists, I think it's going to happen whether movies are there or not. — Nicolas Cage

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I'm not contractually obligated to sequels on anything. — Nicolas Cage

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I always see America as really belonging to the Native Americans. Even though I'm American, I still feel like a visitor in my own country. — Nicolas Cage

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I like fantasy. I like horror, science fiction because I can get avant-garde with those performances in those movies. — Nicolas Cage

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I like the idea of being involved in pictures that can entertain the entire family and can stimulate youngsters into looking at picture books. There's nothing wrong with that. — Nicolas Cage

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I would like to hook up with one of the great Japanese filmmakers, like the master that made 'Ringu,' and I would like to take 'The Wicker Man' to Japan, except this time he's a ghost. — Nicolas Cage

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I would like to find a way to embrace what Led Zeppelin did, in filmmaking. — Nicolas Cage

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When I play supernatural characters in 'Ghost Rider' or 'City Of Angels,' the possibilities are limitless. The possibilities are endless, you can do so much with that. — Nicolas Cage

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One of the pluses of getting older is you set some limits. — Nicolas Cage

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When you're playing supernatural characters, there's an infinite number of possibilities with a character. And I also think they're wonderful and entertaining for the whole family. You don't have a high body count ... — Nicolas Cage

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I think I've spent more time in front of a camera than off camera. That's just the way it is. — Nicolas Cage

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You get dinged for wanting to do a comedy, then wanting to do a big-budget action film, and then wanting to do an indie. But you can't let other people trying to label you get in the way of trying to do something artistically. — Nicolas Cage

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I try to do as many stunts as they'll let me do. I think it's important for an audience to feel that the actor's really doing it. — Nicolas Cage

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I always add a year to myself, so I'm prepared for my next birthday. So when I was 39, I was already 40. — Nicolas Cage

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I wanted to make an image for myself as an outlaw type. A kind of rock 'n' roll sensibility. — Nicolas Cage

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I'm an enormous admirer of Christopher Lee. He's somebody, along with Vincent Price, who I celebrate, and I wanted my movies to show that celebration and that honoring of these great film stars that were unafraid to go into horror and Grand Guignol and the macabre. — Nicolas Cage

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One of my goals is to have a base near mainland China. I think Hong Kong would be a good match for me. I like being in Hong Kong. — Nicolas Cage

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As I got older, with my work, I became aware of the responsibility of film, and I feel one of the best ways I can apply myself as an actor, is to go beyond movie stardom and celebrity. — Nicolas Cage

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With the advent of this kind of TMZ culture, it sadly seems to have infiltrated the vanguard of film commentary. I see these reviews sometimes where I think, well, you have a right to say whatever you want about my work, and I will listen whether it's good or bad and see if there's something that I might work with, but personal issues don't have a place in film commentary. — Nicolas Cage