Nicolas Cage Nears Retirement: 'Three to Four Films Remaining'

Exploring New Horizons, Cage Considers TV Roles.

by Nouman Rasool
Nicolas Cage Nears Retirement: 'Three to Four Films Remaining'
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Hollywood's renowned actor Nicholas Cage, approaching his 60th birthday, has recently hinted at nearing the finale of his illustrious acting career. In a candid conversation with Vanity Fair, Cage, known for his eclectic and intense performances, expressed a desire to be more selective in his future projects, aiming to conclude his cinematic journey on a high note.

"I may have three or four more movies left in me," Cage, famed for his role in the critically acclaimed 'Dream Scenario,' revealed. "I do feel I’ve said what I’ve had to say with cinema. I think I took film performance as far as I could ...

I do want to get much more severe and stringent in my selection process ... I want to say bye on a high note." Reflecting on his father's death at 75, Cage contemplated his own mortality and future. "What do I want to do with those 15 years, using my father as the model?" he pondered.

His vision for the future includes dedicating more time to his family, hinting at a shift in his life priorities.

Cage Eyes Television Debut

Despite his potential departure from cinema, Cage expressed interest in exploring television, an avenue he has not yet ventured into.

This openness to new forms of acting underscores his versatility and enduring passion for performance. Cage's career spans over four decades, marked by over 100 feature films since his breakout role in 'Valley Girl' (1983) and an Oscar win for 'Leaving Las Vegas' (1996).

His recent performances, including in 'Dream Scenario' and 'Pig' (2021), have garnered critical acclaim, showcasing his continued relevance in the industry. Interestingly, Cage's pledge of only "three or four more movies left" doesn't account for the four upcoming titles already listed on IMDB, in various stages of production.

This announcement follows his previous statement about slowing down post-60, but his latest remarks suggest a more definitive approach towards retirement. Cage's decision resonates with director Quentin Tarantino's own vow to retire after his tenth movie, 'The Movie Critic.'

This trend among seasoned artists reflects a thoughtful approach towards concluding their creative journeys. Part of Cage's recent surge in acting was fueled by a need to pay off a substantial IRS debt of $14 million in 2009.

"I made the decision to work my way out of it," he stated in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. His commitment to authenticity in his roles remained steadfast, as he selectively chose projects that resonated with him personally.

However, Cage's adherence to this retirement plan remains uncertain. He admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that he often becomes restless between projects and finds a sense of purpose and wellbeing in working. "I’m a better man when I’m working," he confessed, emphasizing the healthy routine and focus that filming provides him.

In conclusion, Nicholas Cage's remarkable career may be approaching its twilight, but his impact on cinema remains undeniable. As he contemplates a future that balances personal life with his artistic passions, fans and critics alike await the final chapters of an extraordinary cinematic legacy.

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