While doing press for his upcoming sequel to “Ghost Rider,” Nicolas Cage participated in a webchat with Empire Magazine readers. Normally, this is not the sort of thing that would stir the Tolkien community or Middle-earth News, but one of his answers has us buzzing.
Here is the webchat excerpt that aroused such curiousity:
terrence green says: I’m sure you have turned down films in the past, but is there one that you have thought “Damn, I wish I took it…”?
The only reason why I tend to pass on a movie is either I don’t think I’m right for the material and can’t play it honestly, or because of time constraints with personal things in my life. There were two movies that asked me to go to Australia or New Zealand for long periods of time. One was Lord Of The Rings and one was the Matrix. But I was actively involved at that time raising my family and I couldn’t really take that time out.
Can you imagine Nicolas Cage in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy? Which role would you guess he was up for?