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Fake Nicolas Cage films being sold at Cannes

June 6, 2014

Ben Beaumont-Thomas,

One of the few constants in Hollywood is Nicolas Cage's ubiquity six months rarely goes by without a B-movie or middling action thriller starring the actor. But his sheer availability has come back to bite him, as producers have been found to be shopping around projects 'starring' Nicolas Cage, even though he has never signed up.

At this year's Cannes film market, where distribution and funding deals are cut for hundreds of films, thrillers like Red Squad and Dark Highway were being sold on the basis of Cage's involvement even though he'd already declined to appear in them. "It floods the market with product that's not necessarily 100 percent real," Cage's manager Mike Nilontold the Hollywood Reporter. "If there are six or seven projects being talked about by any actor, then it dilutes the purchase price. If I came to you and said, 'Would you like a steak dinner?', you'd probably say yes. If I offered you eight, you'd probably say no."

Red Squad is the first film being made by Die Hard director John McTiernan since he was released from prison, after he was jailed last year for making false statements about his use of a private investigator. The film's production company Hannibal Classics claims that Cage was interested, hence the promotional campaign being created for Cannes, but that he walked away from the project just before the festival.

A similar scenario occurred with another bogus Cage movie, the kidnap thriller 5 Minutes to Live. "An offer is made to an actor, and then he passes, but the word gets out that he's still attached. It's frustrating," added Nilon.

Upcoming films that Cage definitely is involved with, for better or worse, include another kidnap thriller in Rage, Rapture-themed thriller Left Behind, and Chinese martial thriller Outcast. A third instalment of his successful family thriller franchise National Treasure is being prepared, with producer Jerry Bruckheimer recently saying he was "very excited" about the first act of the story he received.

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Source: Guardian Web

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