Nicolas Cage Reveals Why He Keeps Getting Slapped By Fans At Airports | “Snap Out of It!”
Fifty-nine-year-old Academy Award winner and the star of movies and memes, Nicolas Cage doesn't fail to make us crack up even while sharing anecdotes from his life. In an interview with ET's Rachel Smith at the New York City premiere of his upcoming horror-comedy film Renfield, he disclosed the bizarre incident that would occur as a result of fans being captivated by his 1987 rom-com film, Moonstruck which also starred the iconic Cher.
Although he has starred in numerous films like Valley Girl, Raising Arizona, Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation, Con Air and Face/Off, it is that one scene from Moonstruck that makes him feel the painful love of his fans. He revealed, "For the longest time, back from Moonstruck, I would walk to the airport and people just had a habit of saying, (Cher's line) 'Snap out of it!' from Moonstruck and I did get slapped a few times." This confession left his Renfield co-star, Nicholas Hoult stunned and appalled as he reacted, "No, no!"
"Oh yeah, I did," Cage affirmed. "And that, you know, it's part of the job." Cage came up with a theory to explain his fans' bizarre behavior. "I think maybe (they think) I'll cast them in something," he quipped. "Who knows?" Cage recites his iconic line from the 1990 film Wild at Heart when he's on the dance floor and responds with it after his snakeskin jacket is criticized: "And for me, it's a symbol of my individuality and my belief and personal freedom."
In an interview with Los Angeles Times in 1988, Cage expressed his views on taking up a role in the iconic film, Moonstruck that turned him into an overnight heartthrob."I was attracted to the romantic element in Moonstruck because I think I am a romantic," Cage said while explaining why he took the part. He also stated another reason for taking up the role. "I thought it would allow me to take more of a chance with my next film which is a low-budget black comedy called Vampire's Kiss that hardly has mass commercial appeal written all over it," he said.
Cage is adding to his long list of films with Renfield which will be released on April 14, 2023, directed by Chris McKay and starring Cage as Count Dracula and Renfield's (played by Hoult) narcissistic boss. Cage has wanted to play the character of Dracula since he first read the novel."As soon as I read the book Dracula, I thought there was something so deep in the character that was profound and compelling," Cage said.