Nicolas Cage turns corner in his career

Oscar winner Nicolas Cage plans to spend less time acting to focus on his other interests, including producing and developing independent films.

“I feel I’ve made a lot of movies already and I want to start exploring other opportunities… whether it’s writing or other interests,” said Cage.

Cage is Hollywood royalty. He was born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California. He is Italian, English and German descent.  His uncle is famed director Francis Ford Coppola, his brother is New York radio personality Michael “The Cope” Coppola, and his cousin is Sofia Coppola, director of Marie Antoinette.

Cage, 42, told the Associated Press he hoped to help develop cinema in the Bahamas, his new home.  Cage recently received a career achievement award at the annual film festival in Nassau.  Sean Connery gave Cage the award on Saturday.

“Nic is a professional, and brings to the table all the stuff that makes it a real joy,” said Sean. Reported the BBC News.

Cage is a long-term fan of comics and considers them to be the modern equivalent of mythology.  The name of Cage’s second child, Kal-El is also the birth name of Superman in the DC Comics universe.  He was once attached to play Superman in a film to be directed by Tim Burton, but the project died due to budget and screenplay concerns, and has a tattoo of Ghost Rider on his body (which, in an ironic twist, had to be covered with makeup when he played the character in a big-budget film adaptation). Courtesy of reports that Cage currently has eight plus projects in the pipeline for 2007-08.

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