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For now, Nicolas Cage says his Ghost Rider days are over

03.08.2013

Love him in the role of Johnny Blaze or not, Nicolas Cage does love comics, and it's beyond the casual sense. The actor has a GHOST RIDER tattoo before he even started shooting the first film. He's a collector, and seems to know his shit, so you gotta respect him for that.

Then again, if you didn't like him as Blaze in GHOST RIDER then you may be happy to find that he's had his go with the role. This is what he told MTV:

I think the ship has sailed on that one. At least with me involved.

Regardless of what people thought about the movies, especially the last one-- GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE-- Cage still chalks it up as a success. Not to mention that they didn't have as much money as they want to put the sequel together:

Contrary to whatever the perception is, that was an enormously successful movie. We made it for, like, $47 or $48 million dollars, and it approached $200 million. I view that as a success. I think people need to know we did that on a shoestring budget. When you look at it that way you see the enormous talent of Mark Neveldine and Bryan Taylor, that they were able to accomplish that.

If the studio decides to kick another out in the near future, but if they do it 5 or so years down the road, then maybe he'll consider it...maybe:

Personally, I'm done. I've done what I had to do with that part. You never say never, but right now, today, I would say that I'm done.

He also suggests trying a female Ghost Rider. I'll have to think about that one.

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Extra Tidbit: I actually saw GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGENCE. Though the entire time I kept saying, "WTF is this crazy shit?" I still watched it from beginning to end.
Source: MTV

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2:36PM on 03/11/2013
I thought cage was fine as Johnny Blaze aka Ghost Rider. No problem with him in the role. The 2nd movie had a bad script, bad vision.
I thought cage was fine as Johnny Blaze aka Ghost Rider. No problem with him in the role. The 2nd movie had a bad script, bad vision.
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5:58PM on 03/10/2013

Cage is wrong.

Ghost Rider 2 was made for around $60 mil (before advertising/marketing budget), and only made $137 mil worldwide. That's barely approaching $150 mil, let alone the $200 mil figure he cites. DVD sales aren't that strong, Cage. Mind you - studios only keep roughly half a film's theatrical gross due to theater retentions, so that means Ghost Rider just barely turned profit. Coupled with its horrible reviews and awful domestic performance, it's safe to say any further sequels will probably be
Ghost Rider 2 was made for around $60 mil (before advertising/marketing budget), and only made $137 mil worldwide. That's barely approaching $150 mil, let alone the $200 mil figure he cites. DVD sales aren't that strong, Cage. Mind you - studios only keep roughly half a film's theatrical gross due to theater retentions, so that means Ghost Rider just barely turned profit. Coupled with its horrible reviews and awful domestic performance, it's safe to say any further sequels will probably be Cage-less or [link] Cage continues his downward career trajectory, in which case he'll be doing the direct-to-video sequels in a few years with $15 mil budgets.
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5:11PM on 03/10/2013
That will leave his schedule open for the next Superman reboot.
That will leave his schedule open for the next Superman reboot.
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5:07PM on 03/10/2013
No. Stop. Come back. /willywonka
No. Stop. Come back. /willywonka
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11:58AM on 03/10/2013

Great News, he was incredibly miscast, twice

Maybe now, Marvel can get the character cast as a younger guy who is believable as a motorcycle stuntman to play Johnny Blaze, or give that kind of out dated character a break and do a revision with Dan Ketch as more as a Supernatural revenge story without any Deals with the Devil, weak demons, misinterpreted amalgamations of bad guys, and people who say they like the character, but do not apparently know a damn thing about it.
Maybe now, Marvel can get the character cast as a younger guy who is believable as a motorcycle stuntman to play Johnny Blaze, or give that kind of out dated character a break and do a revision with Dan Ketch as more as a Supernatural revenge story without any Deals with the Devil, weak demons, misinterpreted amalgamations of bad guys, and people who say they like the character, but do not apparently know a damn thing about it.
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11:46AM on 03/10/2013

Try it

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Some people says its nt possible , ...some who earned says its a wonderful opportunity to earn about $7000 in 1 month on website/internet, did you read the page http://cutt.us/Career
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10:02PM on 03/09/2013

dont blame the actors blame the director.

remember Mark Steven Johnson directed both daredevil and ghost rider which were both turds.get a good director and maybe a god movie will be made.
remember Mark Steven Johnson directed both daredevil and ghost rider which were both turds.get a good director and maybe a god movie will be made.
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5:55PM on 03/09/2013

Thank God

Reboot the shit outta this, make the story subtle, take place in the South, heck, make it take place in the 70's- that'd be sweet. Get Barry Pepper or Matthew McConaughey to be Johnny Blaze. Do it up PROPER yo
Reboot the shit outta this, make the story subtle, take place in the South, heck, make it take place in the 70's- that'd be sweet. Get Barry Pepper or Matthew McConaughey to be Johnny Blaze. Do it up PROPER yo
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5:46PM on 03/09/2013

I guess he's not as good at math as he is at reading Comic Books

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $51,774,002
International Box Office $82,826,484
Worldwide Box Office $134,600,486
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales: $11,119,248
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $51,774,002
International Box Office $82,826,484
Worldwide Box Office $134,600,486
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales: $11,119,248
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3:18PM on 03/09/2013

Actually...

I actually love the first one, it's a guilty pleasure. I'm fully aware it's a bad movie and understand why people don't like it, but there's a special place in my heart for the most hammy of Nic Cage roles haha
I actually love the first one, it's a guilty pleasure. I'm fully aware it's a bad movie and understand why people don't like it, but there's a special place in my heart for the most hammy of Nic Cage roles haha
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1:55PM on 03/10/2013
Have you seen the extended unrated cut, released on DVD ? Is it better, like the extended DD cut was ?
Have you seen the extended unrated cut, released on DVD ? Is it better, like the extended DD cut was ?
10:59AM on 03/09/2013

Good decision, Nic.

Thank effing goodness. Second movie was truckloads better than the first, but was still horrendously bad. I still haven't given up on the Rider though. I say get Josh Holloway to play Blaze, and someone like Joe Carnahan to helm if he isn't too sour over the recent Daredevil deal. It'll work.
Thank effing goodness. Second movie was truckloads better than the first, but was still horrendously bad. I still haven't given up on the Rider though. I say get Josh Holloway to play Blaze, and someone like Joe Carnahan to helm if he isn't too sour over the recent Daredevil deal. It'll work.
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4:49AM on 03/09/2013
It's probably for the best that he's stopped being a Matchstick Man.
It's probably for the best that he's stopped being a Matchstick Man.
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4:44AM on 03/09/2013
Of course he's done, since he destroyed the franchise.
Of course he's done, since he destroyed the franchise.
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3:25AM on 03/09/2013
Good... coz the last one sucked major ass.
Good... coz the last one sucked major ass.
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3:10AM on 03/09/2013
Hes done? Good, now I can sleep a litte better.
Hes done? Good, now I can sleep a litte better.
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10:54PM on 03/08/2013
These movies are god awful. The first one is one of the worst movies I've ever sat through. He may have read a lot of comics but his love of the medium did not transfer to the big screen. It's too bad because I keep rooting for Cage to make it back to the top and stop pumping out 10 crap movies a year for the paycheck.
These movies are god awful. The first one is one of the worst movies I've ever sat through. He may have read a lot of comics but his love of the medium did not transfer to the big screen. It's too bad because I keep rooting for Cage to make it back to the top and stop pumping out 10 crap movies a year for the paycheck.
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2:09AM on 03/09/2013
I agree on all the above!
I agree on all the above!
10:26PM on 03/08/2013

For the best

Say what you will about Nic Cage, the guy loves his comics. Thing about Ghost Rider is that its hard to be respectful to the source but at the same time reaching all audiences. His take on the rider was his own and it would be cool to see another rendition but for the time its probably best that it take its' time.
Say what you will about Nic Cage, the guy loves his comics. Thing about Ghost Rider is that its hard to be respectful to the source but at the same time reaching all audiences. His take on the rider was his own and it would be cool to see another rendition but for the time its probably best that it take its' time.
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10:07PM on 03/08/2013
There was something about the batshit craziness of the second one that made me kind of like it. It was all over the goddamn map, but it was better than the first.
There was something about the batshit craziness of the second one that made me kind of like it. It was all over the goddamn map, but it was better than the first.
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9:57PM on 03/08/2013

If Spirits of Vengence had had a bigger budget

they could have afforded to reshoot scenes that didn't work quite as well as they probably sounded in the script.
they could have afforded to reshoot scenes that didn't work quite as well as they probably sounded in the script.
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9:53PM on 03/08/2013

Two words

Daniel Ketch
Daniel Ketch
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9:00PM on 03/08/2013
A recent Ghost Rider series had a female Ghost Rider. Cage does perhaps really know his comics well. Would a female Ghost Rider bring in a new and larger audience for the franchise? That is a question. The cineplex could use more female action heroes. Alejandra Blaze and her kick-ass alter-ego could provide such a heroine.
A recent Ghost Rider series had a female Ghost Rider. Cage does perhaps really know his comics well. Would a female Ghost Rider bring in a new and larger audience for the franchise? That is a question. The cineplex could use more female action heroes. Alejandra Blaze and her kick-ass alter-ego could provide such a heroine.
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2:02PM on 03/10/2013
Unfortunately, female lead + action + fantasy = box office bomb, most if the time (very sad, but true nonetheless). So, I don't see a Studio (especially one like Sony), invest in such a (financially) risky movie.
Unfortunately, female lead + action + fantasy = box office bomb, most if the time (very sad, but true nonetheless). So, I don't see a Studio (especially one like Sony), invest in such a (financially) risky movie.
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8:00PM on 03/08/2013

hate men

Call me crazy, but I liked the second movie over the first movie, it wasn't great, but it wasn't the worst film ive ever seen, so far "house of the dead" still holds that honor, along with "pootie tang"
Call me crazy, but I liked the second movie over the first movie, it wasn't great, but it wasn't the worst film ive ever seen, so far "house of the dead" still holds that honor, along with "pootie tang"
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7:55PM on 03/08/2013
Yes, Thank God!

Ghost Rider 1 was laughably bad. Ghost Rider 2 was painfully dull.
Yes, Thank God!

Ghost Rider 1 was laughably bad. Ghost Rider 2 was painfully dull.
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7:38PM on 03/08/2013
now commit to not make more shitty movies
now commit to not make more shitty movies
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7:13PM on 03/08/2013
Oh no. Please Nic, come back.

This is one comic book character that needs a reboot and proper franchise.
Oh no. Please Nic, come back.

This is one comic book character that needs a reboot and proper franchise.
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7:14PM on 03/08/2013
And people thought Green Lantern was bad. The two Ghost Rider films were terrible.
And people thought Green Lantern was bad. The two Ghost Rider films were terrible.
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7:09PM on 03/08/2013
Praise the lord!
Praise the lord!
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7:09PM on 03/08/2013

good riddance

i respect the guy for being a huge comic nerd, but on the other hand those movies were terrible and his portrayal was a big part of it.
i respect the guy for being a huge comic nerd, but on the other hand those movies were terrible and his portrayal was a big part of it.
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