Nicolas Cage: Sucks to be famous right now

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Nicolas Cage reprises his role for the sequel to 2007's Ghost Rider, which is directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Set several years after the first film, Johnny Blaze (Cage) is in East Europe, living in self-imposed exile after convincing himself that his powers are a curse. While there he's approached by Moreau, a member of the monastic order of Michael seeking a protector for a mother and son duo being pursued by a figure named Roarke. Once the devil turns Roarke into Blackout, he's left with the fortitude and supernatural ability to take on the Ghost Rider.
March 11th, 2014

Nicolas Cage says it ''sucks to be famous right now''.

The 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' star recalls being inspired by the late James Dean after watching him on 1955's drama 'Rebel Without a Cause' and 'East of Eden', and insists the American actor's talent made him want to join the film industry.

The 50-year-old actor is disappointed that fame has changed since then as there are people who are ''famous for famous' sake'' now.

Talking at the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas on Monday (10.03.14), Cage said: ''I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean. I saw him in 'Rebel Without a Cause', 'East of Eden'. Nothing affected me -- no rock song, no classical music -- the way Dean affected in 'Eden.' It blew my mind. I was like, 'That's what I want to do.'

''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 will next hit the big screen in crime thriller 'Tokarev' alongside Rachel Nichols.