Meet Iain Thomas, the 36-year-old South African poet who is famous all over the world except in SA

Trevor Noah has pulled out at the last minute from hosting the MAMAs 2016, due to 'a severe upper respiratory infection'

Nicolas Cage: Joe among most memorable roles

2013-08-31 16:33
Venice - Nicolas Cage is once again playing a hard-drinker in his latest film, Joe, premiering in competition at the Venice Film Festival, but his approach to the role has evolved since his Oscar-winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas.

For the 1995 role of suicidal alcoholic Ben Sanderson, Cage said he was "exploring all ways of finding the honesty of the performance. And if that meant drinking, and videotaping myself drinking, and get ideas about that, I was going to do that."

But that was another time.

"I was completely not doing anything and hadn't done anything for a while" when he played a pain killer-addicted detective in Werner Herzog's 2009 The Bad Lieutenant, which premiered in Venice.

"It was more a sensory recall of the past," he said, "and trying to find what those feelings might have been like. And I was happy with those results."

For the title role in Joe, the 49-year-old actor said he focused on finding the truth in the performance.

"Even though we weren't drinking, it was all about finding our way to the truth of Joe. If I was going to spin myself in circles, that is what I was going to do," he said.

In the film, Cage plays a hard-drinking ex-con whose struggle to maintain control of his life is undermined by his instincts to protect a teen, portrayed by Tye Sheridan, from his alcoholic father.

Green, the director, called it a tale of redemption.

"The movie is about whatever you want it to be about," Cage said.

"If it is about a social crisis, that's perfectly a good thing to have it be about. For me, it was just about trying to make the character come to life."

He called Joe ''one of the most memorable" films he has worked on in his nearly 35-year career

Read more on:    italy  |  celebrities  |  movies
NEXT ON CHANNEL24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Recent News

Everything you need to know about the 4 new flicks releasing at the cinema this weekend. Read More »
Add your review

The opening scene of the movie Spectre shows James Bond chasing a bad guy through a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City. Read More »
Add your review

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.