Nic Cage scared of New Orlean

Nic Cage scared of New Orlean
May 18, 2010

Nicolas Cage was "terrified" to shoot his latest movie in New Orleans because he has a love/hate relationship with the city.

The 46-year-old actor plays a drug-addled policeman in new film Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. He had mixed feelings about the role because he is superstitious about working in his home town.

"I have a love/ hate relationship with the city of New Orleans, which is the strongest kind of relationship," he said. "It's where I live and I feel both cursed and blessed in New Orleans so I was quite terrified to go back and make a movie there.

"I wasn't born in New Orleans but in some ways you could say that I was reborn there and that I had this very awakening kind of experience in that city, that never happened to me anywhere else."

The film was originally due to be shot in Detroit, as director Werner Herzog thought the location would suit the dark plot. Nicolas eventually convinced Werner to move production to New Orleans because he felt he had unfinished business with the city.

"Originally the picture was going to be shot in Detroit and I needed to take it to New Orleans and confront whatever head-trip it would be," he explained. "And I'm very happy to say that it worked and I was very happy with my relationship with Werner."
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