Cage less interested in violence
Nicolas Cage has revealed he is less interested in appearing in violent films these days.
The 46-year-old Oscar-winning actor recently starred as a drug addicted crooked cop in Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant and has just signed up to play a kidnap victim in Trespass.
But Nicolas said: "I've always had an interest in anything which involves the imagination, and I find that now I'm interested in making less violent films."
He went on: "That doesn't mean I will stop making violent movies, but a movie has to have the right tone - it can't be gratuitous.
"Fantasy movies give me the chance to use the metaphor instead, you don't have to literally take a gun to someone's head and shoot them. That is more interesting to me. Also, I feel the best way I can apply my abilities as an actor is to make families happy."
His latest role is in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, playing Balthazar Blake, a master sorcerer who must defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina), and who recruits student Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) as his reluctant protege.
Nicolas revealed he is motivated by the excitement family movies inspire in children.
He said: "When I did National Treasure One and Two I started to notice that families were very enthusiastic and they would say hello to me and ask me if I was making another one and I could see the genuine excitement in the children."
But he admits his roots lie in darker roles, adding: "I am eclectic, my roots are independently spirited dramatic movies and I will always go back to that world."
::The Sorcerers Apprentice is in cinemas on August 11.