The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Actors Roundtable is, this yr, stuffed with fascinating bits. Especially with Nicolas Cage on the desk, joined by the likes of Andrew Garfield, Simon Rex, Jonathan Majors, and Peter Dinklage.
One such anecdote got here from Cage himself, who talked about working with an particularly moody horse named Rain Man on the set of his upcoming Western, “Butcher’s Crossing.”
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The story got here up as Majors (“The Harder They Fall”) and Nicolas Cage (“Pig”) swapped tales about their experiences with animals engaged on film units.
“At least you had a nice horse,” Cage instructed Majors, who labored with horses on the Netflix Western. “My horse on ‘Butcher’s Crossing,’ named Rain Man, wanted to kill me.”
“Rain Man? Where’d you shoot that?” Majors requested.
“Montana,” Cage mentioned. “I was in Blackfoot Country. Rain Man kept trying to knock me off and would try to run my head into roofs, and then I’d get off and try to be nice to him, and he would headbutt me. It was not fun. I’ve always had good experiences with animals. I always had great experiences with horses, but Rain Man wanted to kill me.”
On “Butcher’s Crossing,” Cage labored with Gabe Polsky, director of the 2014 Soviet hockey doc “Red Army.”
“I’m so glad I got through that movie alive,” Cage mentioned. “The director’s name was Gabe [Polsky]. The last shot, it was just like, ‘Gabe, I’m not getting on a horse again.’ Then one of the Native Americans said, ‘Oh, Nic’s just going to get off the horse. We’ll get on …’ ‘OK, fine. I’ll do it.’ So I got on the horse and literally, again, he kept trying to throw me off. I was like, ‘That’s it. That was my last shot, and you had to make it almost like a stunt. You did make it a stunt. You almost killed me on my last shot in the movie.’ As you can tell, I’ve got post-traumatic stress disorder from Rain Man.”
Cage, elsewhere within the roundtable, recalled begging his uncle Francis Ford Coppola to forged him in “The Godfather Part III” as Vincent Corleone, a task that in the end went to Andy Garcia.
While he’s at present within the awards dialog for “Pig,” Cage will subsequent be seen taking part in variations of himself in “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.”
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