My brother shared this with me today, and it's too good not to pass on. Nicolas Cage: genius or idiot?

“Even movies like Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance — if you’re playing a guy that sold his soul to the Devil, and his head bursts into a flaming skull in black leather, and you want to become a moving tattoo in a modern movie, that’s a great way to do it. Yeah — I sold my soul to the Devil and my head’s on fire. I’ll scream all I want. [Applause break.] Don’t get stuck in a naturalistic style if you can try something new. As long as it has emotional content. If you’ve really got feeling behind it, from the heart, you can design a performance and go as big as you want.

“Which is why I have umbrage with the words ‘over the top,’” he says, a note of genuine Rage Cage indignation creeping into his voice. “Well, you tell me where the top is, and I’ll tell you if I’m over it.”

AuthorSheffield Leithart