Nicolas Cage: ‘It sucks to be famous right now’

A Conversation With Nicolas Cage And Greenroom Photo Op And Q&A - 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

Speaking at the SXSW festival, Nicolas Cage has hit out at film critics who focus on actor’s fame when reviewing movies and admitted it “sucks” to be modern-day star.

The actor doesn’t appreciate the fact that people are so interested in his personal life and believes that movie business should be separated from celebrity gossip.

He said: “I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean… This was before everyone had a thing called a smartphone, and before the advent of the ‘celebutard’ – just being famous for famous’ sake. I’m not complaining, but it really sucks to be famous right now.”

Cage then criticized reviewers discussing his personal life instead of his acting work.


“Now even the art of film criticism… Now in the LA Times, the critic who reviewed Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, incorporated how many homes I bought or sold into the review,” he said.

“What the hell does Lindsay Lohan‘s personal life have to do with her performance in The Canyons? It should always be about the work itself. What difference does it make if Bill Clinton had an affair – how does that affect his performance as president? In my opinion, I don’t want to see personal aspects of someone’s life eclipse their work,” he added.

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4 responses to “Nicolas Cage: ‘It sucks to be famous right now’”

  1. Bill says:

    Nicolas Cage is so much right! It sucks to be famous right now. I agree with him, that the movie business should be separated from the celebrity gossip. Many young people want to become famous just for the fame reasons, but real famous people of the past are those, ho had a dream of becoming great actors and singers, who loved what they did and have given all themselves to the business they enjoy. When people become actors and singers juts for the fame sake having no outstanding talent, then their ‘outcome result’ sucks.

  2. kit says:

    Hah, in some of the things Nicholas Cage is right while in other ones he is completely wrong, like for example about the ex president Bill Clinton he is totally wrong in my point of view. As president is the person elected by the entire country, he should set the example for everyone, the example in political life, as well as in the family institution, he cheated on his wife, and made it public the news, that was disgusting and I really felt sorry for voting him after that, because when I put my vote for someone, it means I totally trust this person to represent my interests, while at that point I felt myself disappointed. In everything else I agree with him, it doesn’t matter what the actor has or not in his life, he earned it with his own work anyways, just like we all do, and it has nothing to do with his art of performance, so if the actor sucked in this or that movie than it is not because he has like for example five houses instead of having ten of them. That is the life’s truth, and that is in what I believe.

  3. Mercedes says:

    I understand very well that Nicholas Cage comes from a very wealthy and well known family in the cinema industry, and it was not very hard for him to “climb” the Olympus of the cinema world, but it doesn’t mean that he can say such things about his fame. As fame is the undivided attribute of being an actor, so if you are not famous while performing in the movies, and people do not recognize you in the streets or beg for an autograph, than it means that you suck while being an actor. So when deciding whether to become an actor or not, of course he was supposed to think more carefully on that subject. For me personally it is insulting that he is saying something like this, before this article I was his fan in this or that time, now I will not watch his movies anymore from the principle point of view, as he stopped cherishing people who made a star of him after saying something like that.

  4. Ivy says:

    Hmm, that’s true; nowadays actors or singers do not have a life of their own, as anywhere they go they are chased by the photographers. That is the other side of the coin in their case I guess. But Nicholas Cage has a point when he says that it is an absurd to discuss what he have or doesn’t have in life, while writing a review to a movie. The review is supposed to be based on the movie and its subject, instead of being aimed upon the people’s performing in it personal life. Probably it really is irritating when anything you do becomes news for everyone that is same as not having a private life at all, hmm I guess I would never wish anything like that for myself, sometimes it is better being a simple housewife, than a Hollywood star.