Nicolas Cage wants to star in a musical and chooses ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

“I’m not a great singer. I sang pretty well in ‘Wild at Heart’, I thought, but since then I’ve drowned out my voice from singing ‘Purple Rain’ wrong in karaoke bars.”

Over the years, Nicolas Cage has appeared in a variety of films, including romantic comedies like Moonstruck, devastating drama like Pig, action movies like Face/Off, and bizarre misfires like The Wicker Man. The prolific actor even played himself in this year’s meta-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. For his next big challenge, the star is hoping for a chance to break into song onscreen.

“I haven’t done a musical,” Cage said in an interview with the cover story for Empire Magazine’s 50 Greatest Actors issue. “I’d like to try that.”

In the interview, Cage admitted that he wasn’t a great singer, but said he still wanted to give it a try, and chose Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar as a specific musical to imagine himself in to star in.

“I’m not a great singer. I sang pretty well on ‘Wild At Heart,’ I thought, but since then I’ve drowned out my voice singing ‘Purple Rain’ wrong in karaoke bars,” Cage said. “I think I’d make a good Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Cage also spoke to Empire about his process in previous films, explaining that he often drew inspiration from famous paintings like The Scream to convey his physicality in films like Wild at Heart or the superhero film Ghost Rider.

“When I was doing ‘Ghost Rider,’ I thought of ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch,” he said. “In ‘Wild At Heart’ I tried to imagine what it would be like to see Warhol’s wonderful collages of Elvis Presley as a cowboy with a six-shooter. I wanted to see if you could do that with film performance. Also, I think if David Lynch could have cast someone in one of his films, he would have loved to cast Elvis, so I think he was thrilled when I suggested it.”

Though Cage doesn’t have a musical in sight just yet, he will star in ‘The Old Way,’ a western directed by Brett Donowho, due out January 6 on Saban Films. The actor will also play Dracula in the horror comedy film Renfield, which stars Nicholas Hoult and Awkwafina and is released on April 14.

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Lindsay Lowe

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