Nicolas Cage prefers “thespian” to “actor”

Nicolas Cage doesn’t like the word “actor” because it implies he’s a “great liar”, so he likes to be called a “thespian” instead.

According to Contact Music, the 57-year-old Academy Award winner – who earned himself a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his performances -said: “For me it always implies, ‘Oh, he’s a great actor, therefore he’s a great liar.’

“So with the risk of sounding like a pretentious a******, I like the word ‘thespian’ because thespian means you’re going into your heart, or you’re going into your imagination, or your memories or your dreams, and you’re bringing something back to communicate with the audience.”

The Golden Globe Award winner went on to discuss his acting methods, which to some people have been perceived as “over the top”, but to Cage there is no such thing.

He said: “Well, when they say that to me, I say, ‘You tell me where the top is and I’ll tell you whether or not I’m over it.”

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