Nicolas Cage Says He Will Never Retire

"That can't happen," Cage says of retirement.


Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage has no plans to retire soon--or ever. He said in a new interview that he feels healthier when he's working, and he doesn't want to give that up.

"No, no, no. No, no. That can't happen," he told EW of retirement. "To do what I do in cinema has been like a guardian angel for me, and I need it. I'm healthier when I'm working, I need a positive place to express my life experience, and filmmaking has given me that. So I'm never going to retire. Where are we now, 117 movies? [Laughs]."

Cage's next movie is Prisoners of the Ghostland, which he filmed in Japan. Cage said traveling to Japan and "embracing the genie of the place" made him feel good and energized about making movies. That being said, Cage said he's looking forward to taking a break from making movies after he finishes his next two.

"At my age, the job that I have is to stay interested, because if I'm not interested, you're not going to be interested. It gets more difficult the older we get," he said. "So I have to find new ways of expressing myself, new challenges. But I do think, God willing, that once I finish the next two movies, I'm going to take some time off, because I think it's time to recharge."

Prisoners of the Ghostland releases on September 17. After that, Cage will star in the wild-sounding The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, in which he plays himself.

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