Nicolas Cage Interview For ‘Trespass’
In a private, wealthy community, priority is placed on security and no exception is made for the Miller family’s estate. Behind their pristine walls and manicured gardens, Kyle (Nicolas Cage), a fast-talking businessman, has entrusted the mansion’s renovation to his stunning wife, Sarah (Nicole Kidman). But between making those big decisions and keeping tabs on their defiant teenage daughter (Liana Liberato), Sarah often finds herself distracted by a young, handsome worker at their home. Nothing is what it seems, and it will take a group of cold-blooded criminals led by Elias (Ben Mendelsohn), who have been planning a vicious home invasion for months, to bring the Miller family together. When they storm the manor, everyone is tangled up in betrayal, deception, temptation and scheming. Kyle, Sarah and Avery will take the ultimate risk to make it out with their lives – and their family – intact. ‘Trespass’ is set for release October 14th.
One of the first things that sticks out about your character is his voice.
Nicolas Cage: Voice is one of the tools of film acting, at any chance I can get to play with it, I’m gonna jump on it. I wanted Kyle Miller to be somebody that would, in your mind, be the last person that could rise against this untenable situation that he finds himself and his family in. You wouldn’t expect him to defend himself and his family, so I wanted to play with that. One of the things I said to Joel Schumacher when I agreed to do the movie was that I’d like to play him with a stutter as well, we talked about it as, but as we begun principal photography he kind of talked me out of that, and I take his point, it probably works better without it. But then again we might be wearing tuxedo’s later this year if he had a stutter (laughs).
What was the idea behind the stutter?
Nicolas Cage: I wanted to show someone who speaks in a way, that might be fragile, could still surprise you, could still be tough, could still take unexpected chances and risks. The other way I wanted to confirm that idea was that I added a little line where I said to Ben Mendelsohn‘s character, ‘I’m worth more dead than alive.’ What that means is that he’s not afraid to die, and if you can take me out, maybe I can solve all this for my family, because I am worth more dead than alive. So that was another way to demonstrate that he was not afraid. I like counter-point, I think of acting as music – any kind of new sound with the voice, any kind of surprise I can give you, any counter-point I can give you, to keep you guessing, is what I’m gonna go for.
How did this shoot compare to when you worked with Joel Schumacher on ‘8MM’?
Nicolas Cage: Joel is somebody that I feel I have a terrific rapport with. I work well with Joel because we have similar tastes, I like the kinds of movies he makes, I like his interests. He has a style in the directing process where there’s a feeling of chaos on the set, and chaos can make an actor feel very confident because you can try anything, you can express anything, and you know Joel will give you a shot at it. He also has one of the most remarkable senses of humour of anybody I’ve ever worked with, he keeps everybody very happy and laughing – which is also quite relaxing. Actors have to be relaxed in order to do what we do, it’s a high pressure job, there’s a lot of tension. Joel makes you feel comfortable so you can dig deep to the root of what you’re trying to express.
Have you ever had a relatable experience, with a trespassing, or home invasion?
Nicolas Cage: I have lived through the nightmare, I have actually been one of those people who has been through a home invasion. It was 2am, I was living in Orange County at the time, I was asleep with my wife, my two-year-old at the time was in another room. And I opened my eyes and there was a naked man wearing my leather jacket eating a Fudgesicle in front of my bed. It sounds funny, and it is if I look back on it, but it was horrifying. I immediately jumped out of my bed, he ran into my bathroom and I said, ‘What are you doing in my house? Get out of my house!’ And I did talk him to get out, and some people came and they put him into a facility and I didn’t press charges because I realized he wasn’t all there. But the cops said to me that if he had broken into any other house in this neighbourhood he’d have been shot. But I don’t have a gun in my house, and I’m always going to try and talk you out of violence if I can. But it was horrible for my wife, it was terrifying, and I could never really stay in that house after that.
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