Nicolas Cage Reveals When He’ll Retire

Nicolas Cage Reveals When He’ll Retire

It was only this year that Nicolas Cage announced that he only had three or four more films left in him before he would retire. But considering he’s been in almost as many films since then, we can’t help but wonder what he really means. Thankfully, Cage has offered some clarification on what he meant and where that leaves the rest of his career.

Speaking to The New Yorker, Nicolas Cage said of his impending retirement: “I did two or three very supporting roles (at that time). So maybe three or four more leading roles. Maybe that’s more of what I said.” As for his most talked about film in years, Long legs – who has one of the best marketing campaigns in recent horror memory – doesn’t count towards his final tally because it’s a supporting role. He even said of it: “It would have been a slippery slope (too much on screen). I think it could have almost become too ridiculous. You don’t want to see that the shark is made of rubber, you know? You want the shark to be scary and you want to keep it under water for a long time.”

While we can probably assume that Nicolas Cage will be officially retired by the time he’s 65, based on his own criteria, that doesn’t mean this is the last we’ll see of him. He’s stated that he wants to do more television, a medium he generally despises. “I thought TV was a dead end, and kind of the death of the Golden Age movie star. I avoided it because I didn’t really want to get into movies… So TV wasn’t on my mind. But then everything changed so much. I don’t know if it’s the same experience anymore. And I thought, I’ve always seen myself as a student. Where am I going to learn? Well, Broadway. I’ve never done Broadway.” Ghost Rider: The Musicaleveryone…?

Personally, I would love to see Nicolas Cage do some television. You could see him doing an anthology series like Fargo pretty good (he already has the Coen connection via Raising Arizona) or even do something smaller like Harrison Ford did Shrink.

With such a limited time for Nicolas Cage on the big screen before he retires, what do you want him to tackle? Should he reprise a fan-favorite role or round it out with more original performances?