Nicolas Cage Slams Film Critics, Fame, Defends Bill Clinton

Nicolas Cage Slams Film Critics, Fame, Defends Bill Clinton

Actor Nicolas Cage isn’t a fan of fame in 2014.

The mercurial actor, discussing a variety of subjects at the SXSW festival in Austin earlier today, slammed the state of celebrity as well as modern film criticism. 

In short, too many people are famous for being famous, not talented. And film critics seem obsessed with things that have little to do with the movie in question.

The Raising Arizona star says he entered the film business to be like James Dean, an actor whose work left a significant impression on him as a younger man. That Hollywood is far different today, Cage says in a not so nice nod to our Kardashian Era.

This was before everyone had a thing called a Smartphone, and before the advent of the “celebutard” — just being famous for famous’ sake. I’m not complaining, but it really sucks to be famous right now.

Cage next targeted a film critic with The LA Times who managed to work in his financial situation into a review of Bad Lieutentant: Port of Call New Orleans. The same odd standard is applied to other actors as well as a certain former president.

What the hell does Lindsay Lohan’s personal life have to do with her performance in “The Canyons”? It should always be about the work itself. What difference does it make if Bill Clinton had an affair — how does that affect his performance as President? 

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