Jay Baruchel's Cage praise

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Nicolas Cage stars in this fantasy-adventure film inspired by the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment of Disney's Fantasia (1940). Set in modern-day Manhattan, Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake (Cage) has located the person who will inherit Merlin's powers. His name is Dave (Jay Baruchel) and he's a college student. Together the two work to stop Maxim Horvath and his evil sorceress from destroying the world.
August 10th, 2010

Jay Baruchel has become a "better actor" thanks to Nicolas Cage.

The 28-year-old star - who worked alongside Cage in 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' - confesses working with him was a unique experience which helped him learn about the acting profession.

He said: "You can't help but become a better actor for it.

"I remember sneaking 'Con Air' when I was 15 and here I am not only acting with him but in conversation with him. It spurred me on and made me want to be better than I've ever seen."

Canadian-born Jay also confirms Cage - who recently professed to taking magic mushrooms with his cat - is as eccentric as he appears to the general public.

He told Digital Spy: "Most of our conversations off-set, very few of them had to do with the f**king movie! It was always about World War II or pyramids in Egypt or Skinny Puppy or all sorts of random nerd talk.

"I guess it would maybe make more of an impact to someone else who wasn't as eccentric as he is but I'm every bit as odd as he is so I think we were made for each other in that respect."

'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' was released internationally throughout July, and is due for release in the UK on August 13.