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Nicolas Cage Ready To Quit Doing Movies: “Maybe Three Or Four More”

Nicolas Cage wants to do TV. In fact, after another few movies, the Oscar-winning actor said in a recent interview that he only wants to do TV — unless something very special or a revisitation of one of his favorite big-screen roles, like sequels to Face/Off or Ghost Rider, emerges.

Cage said that he does not watch TV much, but his son finally convinced him to catch Breaking Bad last year. He called the series “magnificent,” and said it got him interested in doing quality work episodically.

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“I do want to explore other formats,” Cage told Uproxx. “I am very interested in immersion streaming with episodic television. I have seen things that can be done now with characters and the time they’re given to express themselves. I saw Bryan Cranston stare at a suitcase for an hour on one episode of Breaking Bad. We don’t have time to do that in a feature film, so maybe television is the next best step for me. We’ll see.”

As for film, “after 45 years of doing this; that in over 100 movies – I feel I’ve pretty much said what I’ve had to say with cinema. And I’d like to leave on a high note and say, ‘Adios.’ I think I have to do maybe three or four more movies before I can get there, and then hopefully switch formats and go into some other way of expressing my acting.”

Cage says he “would’ve liked to have left on a high note, like [his latest release] Dream Scenario. But I have other contracts that I have to fulfill, so we’ll see what happens. I mean, I am going to be very severe and very astringent [sic] on the selection process moving forward.”

Meanwhile, Dream Scenario had a strong limited opening this past weekend — the latest in a string of them from A24.

Dream Scenario took in $215,552 on 6 screens for a per theater average of $35,925 and sold out Q&As with Borgli (Sick Of Myself) and cast. The TIFF-premiering English-language debut by the Norwegian filmmaker will have a limited rollout into top markets next weekend in advance of further expansion over Thanksgiving and wider break on 12/1.

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