In a long and eclectic career, Nicholas Cage is at a bit of a high point. He voices Spider-Man Noir in the new Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which is a bona fide box office hit with both audiences and critics. Cage also claims he’s ramping up to make the “wildest” movie of his career, which we can all probably agree is a pretty big claim from the Ghostrider himself.
Nicolas Cage describes Prisoners of the Ghostland, directed by Sion Sono (Suicide Club): "I wear a leather jumpsuit with grenades attached, and if I don’t rescue the governor’s daughter from this state line where they’re all ghosts and bring her back they’re gonna blow me up." https://t.co/oXY4FKM3fX
— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) December 13, 2018
Cage attributes his success to advice he once got in the most unlikely of places: Charlie Sheen’s house. For context, Cage used to be best friends with Sean Penn’s late brother, Chris Penn, as well as Charlie Sheen. The trio would spend a lot of time hanging out and watching movies at Charlie’s house, where his father Martin Sheen would inevitably make appearances to say hello.
Just learned, via @GQ, that Charlie Sheen + four friends have matching left-ankle tattoos of a stingray. One of those friends: Nicolas Cage.
— Pablo S. Torre (@PabloTorre) February 28, 2011
Nicolas Cage and Charlie Sheen are friends? I need to hang out with them!
— Z Younk aka Rap Game John Lovitz aka Woody Haze (@Z_Younk) August 4, 2012
During one such visit, Martin Sheen gave Cage some advice he’d never forget:
“I would go over to Charlie’s house with Martin Sheen and Chris Penn and we would watch movies. Martin would come by and say hello and he told me the only thing that matters with filmmaking is if you like where you were and who you were working with. He had just come off of Apocalypse. At the time I was too young to understand but as I grew older and started making more movies his words always came back to me.”
Fatherly advice from Martin Sheen…..irony anyone
— Optimus Solo (@OptimusSolo) May 3, 2014
Years later, as Cage chooses roles in some of Hollywood’s best (and worst) movies, Sheen’s words continue to ring true:
“Now they have become a mantra for me. He gave me the best advice I’ve ever heard in my professional career.”
It seems we have Martin Sheen to thank for all of this:
And, of course, this:
The internet is eternally grateful to Sheen for these priceless moments. Be sure to catch Cage in the new Spider-Man movie, in which his Spider-Man lives in the 1930s and likes to punch Nazis!
Nicolas Cage has officially become my favorite superhero. pic.twitter.com/FsCbMfdXQk
— Kevin T. (@cinematicmemes) December 19, 2018
Advice can come from unlikely places, but good advice means everything, no matter where or who it comes from.