Nicolas Cage is entering his goth era. In a new Los Angeles Times profile, the veteran actor discussed his appearances in last summer’s Pig, the upcoming The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent — and his pet crow, Hoogan.
“He has taken to calling me names,” Cage said of Hoogan, who lives in a geodesic dome in the actor’s Las Vegas home. “When I leave the room, he’ll say, ‘Bye,’ and then go, ‘Ass.’”
It may come as a surprise that your average street bird can talk like a parrot, but according to Cage, “Crows are very intelligent. And I like their appearance, the Edgar Allan Poe aspect. I like the goth element. I am a goth.”
He also has a cat, Merlin, a 4-year-old Maine Coon that he says several times is his “best friend,” as well as another cat, Teegra, who “doesn’t give a shit.” Oh, and a new wife, Riko Shibata, with whom he’ll soon be celebrating his first anniversary. “I’m really happily married. I know five [times] is a lot,” he said, “but I think I got it right this time.”
Of course, if you do some research, you’ll find that Cage has always been a bit of a goth (though a true dark prince would know Poe wrote of ravens, not crows). He played a man certain he was a vampire in 1989’s Vampire’s Kiss, and in 2012, he had to convince the Internet that he wasn’t a bloodsucker himself. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that the actor — sorry, the thespian — is set to portray Dracula in the upcoming film Renfield.
When it comes to the dreaded count, Cage is most excited about his physical life. “The key, I think, is movement,” he said. “I saw a movie called Malignant and the director James Wan and the actress [Annabelle Wallis] created this choreography that was terrifying. So I’m hoping to do something like that where Dracula can either glide or move like Sadako in Ringu.”
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