Nicolas Cage strikes fear in ‘the other actors eyes’ on Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance set

Posted on 14 February 2012
By Matt Barden
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Daniel Day Lewis refused to leave a wheelchair while filming My Left Foot, Heath Ledger immersed himself into the mind of the Joker for Batman and Christian Bale toyed with death by dropping 120 pounds for The Machinist.

Some actors go to quite extraordinary lengths to get into character for a role, but Nic Cage went as far as scaring his co-workers on the set of Spirit of Vengeance.

Reviving his role of Marvel’s leather clad Johnny Blaze for the upcoming Ghost Rider film, the Leaving Las Vegas star wanted to give an authentic as possible portrayal.

So how do you get into the mindset of a cursed stunt motorcyclist who becomes a hellblazing vigilante?

Cage said: ‘It’s all something that I developed and thought about, so as not to feel ridiculous, but to really believe I was this ghost, this spirit of vengeance, painting my face with a kind of Afro-Caribbean voodoo icon, or a new Orleans voodoo icon.’

He added: ‘I had white paint and black paint and black contact lenses on my eyes and I sewed bits of ancient Egyptian artefacts into my leather jacket and would channel this spirit of vengeance and really believe I was that.’

But believing yourself to be a soulless antihero even when the cameras aren’t rolling can cause some problems with your fellow thespians.

‘Because I wouldn’t talk to anybody, the fear that I would see in the other actors eyes only helped me believe it even more.’

Spirit of Vengeance sees Johnny Blaze recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy from the devil, and possibly rid himself of the curse.

Ghost Rider hits UK cinemas on Feb 17th 2012