Interview: Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" – Guns N' Roses, Energy Spells and More
Mon, 12 Jul 2010 17:32:35
Being a sorcerer and being a rock star aren't all that different.
Both get to wear cool jewelry, sleek leather jackets and cast spells of some sort. Of course, harnessing fire and kicking out the jams are distinctive skill-sets, but every sorcerer's basically got a rock star in him. Just ask The Sorcerer's Apprentice star Nicolas Cage, whose long-haired, dragon-ring donning wizard Balthazar is pretty rock 'n' roll down to the bone…
Cage laughs, "I would just go to work, put on my music, put on the rings, the leather jacket, sort of stand there and breathe, walk on the set and say, 'Here we go!'"
And go he did!
Alongside Jay Baruchel, Cage conjures up a modern-day fantasy of epic proportions with flourishes of Fantasia and a whole lot of breathtaking adventure thrown in for good measure. In many ways, it's the perfect family flick this summer—there's some mindblowing spells, a ton of action and of course a sensational style that's part Ozzy Osbourne part Blade Runner.
Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about Disney's Sorcerer's Apprentice, what's on their playlists, favorite spells and so much more.
Check out the interview here and below. Don't miss The Sorcerer's Apprentice in theaters everywhere on July 14th!
So what would Balthazar listen to?
Nicolas Cage: He'd go all the way back to ancient Celtic music, and then he'd be into some Beethoven. He'll probably crank a little Wagner. Basically, he'd listen to all of the things that I was listening to while I was making the movie [Laughs].
Jay Baruchel: My character Dave would probably just listen to Boyz II Men and WHAM! [Laughs].
Nicolas Cage: Wilson Phillips!
Jay Baruchel: That's the whole point! Dave doesn't have good taste in music.
Nicolas Cage: Well, the character of Balthazar was originally generated by Guethe, so he'd probably listen to all of the ancient composers like Bach, Handel and Beethoven.
Jay Baruchel: A little Mahler…
Nicolas Cage: Yeah and Mendelson.
How did you get into the mindset of being a sorcerer?
Jay Baruchel: I'd be lying if I said I wasn't practicing this my entire life [Laughs]. I don't go out much, so you can often find me wherever I'm staying pretending to shoot energy out of my hands [Laughs].
The film has a bit of a Blade Runner vibe did you get that?
Jay Baruchel: It looked pretty gorgeous.
Nicolas Cage: The excitement of making a movie in Manhattan, which has a Blade Runner aesthetic to it, was really great. There's a buzz to Manhattan that informed the performances I have no doubt, even if it was subconscious. The energy in that city is magical.
Do you have a favorite spell?
Nicolas Cage: The spell of making children smile [Laughs].
Jay Baruchel: For me, it's the spell of making children cry [Laughs].
Well there is an uplifting quality to the movie when all is said and done.
Nicolas Cage: That's the hope! I want the movie to be a family movie. I want parents to have this to look forward to sharing with their children and vice versa. You give them something to laugh about, maybe a scare them a little bit and give them something to be thrilled about.
Jay Baruchel: It's something the whole family can all watch together.
Will you be seeing The Sorcerer's Apprentice?