Nicolas Cage, one of Hollywood’s star actors, explained why he turned down films that made history like The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings.
Nicolas Cage explained that in the past he turned down roles from major film franchises in order to spend time with his family.
The actor portrays a fictionalized version of himself in the upcoming action movie The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, in which he stars alongside Pedro Pascal and Tiffany Haddish.
The character, who goes by the name of “Nick Cage” in the film, is a declining actor who is looking for a new role to revitalize his career.
That pursuit means he neglects his 16-year-old daughter, Addy (Lily Sheen).
But the actor was willing to explain that that wasn’t the case at all when it came to his own family in real life.
“There isn’t a real-life version of Nic Cage that doesn’t want to spend time with his kids,” he told PEOPLE magazine.
There’s no version of Nic Cage that doesn’t put family before career.
I turned down The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix because I didn’t want to go to New Zealand for three years or Australia for three years because I had to be home with my son Weston. That’s the truth.
Weston Cage Coppola, who is also an actor, is 31 today and was between 8 and 11 when the first films in the blockbuster series were filmed.
Along with Weston, Cage also has a 16-year-old son named Kal-El and is expecting another child with wife Riko Shabata this year.