It seems like Nicholas Cage was almost in every hit movie under the sun from The Matrix to The Godfather, and now the eccentric star has wriggled out of the woodwork to let us know that he could have be Aragorn in Lord of the Rings to boot.
Despite having many tantalizing movie carrots whipped away from him at the last minute, or turning them down at his own accord, Cage has no regrets about spending more time say, doing mushrooms with his cat or collecting dinosaur skulls instead. In a recent interview, the 51-year-old actor told Newsweek that:
"I don’t really have any regrets. I think regret is a waste of time. I try to always move forward as opposed to dwelling on the past or the movies that might have happened. There certainly were movies that I probably would have benefited from if circumstances in my life allowed me to make them…
Lord of the Rings. That trilogy. Aragorn. Or The Matrix. But the thing is about those movies, I can watch them. I can enjoy them as an audience member. I don’t really watch my own movies. And so I genuinely do have the joy of watching these—especially with Lord of the Rings."
Cage has managed to dull his bitterness about losing out on hugely popular and profitable roles with his great love of cinema because he has a rule of never watching his own movies. A fact that he hammered home when he was once again asked if he was offered a Lord of the Rings role:
Yeah…. There were different things going on in my life at the time that precluded me from being able to travel and be away from home for three years. And I do mean it. I get to enjoy the movies as an audience member, because I don’t watch my own movies.
So, there you have it.
I would like to take this moment to thank the universe for ensuring Nic Cage had pressing commitments back in 2001. Sure, The Lord of the Rings movies are awesome, but they are also painstakingly long and without the distraction of "do I find the elf or the rugged sword man hotter?", I doubt my easily distracted teenage brain would have been able to cope. Something that I'm pretty sure wouldn't have worked if one of the choices was Cage, even if he was wearing that wig...