It looks like we can add another name to the list of famous Star Trek fans: Nicolas Cage. The Oscar-winning actor has declared himself a Trekkie and rejected the idea of appearing in that other “Star” franchise.
In the 2022 film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Nicholas Cage co-starred with Pedro Pascal, star of The Mandalorian, who told a reporter for Yahoo he wanted to recruit Cage into the Star Wars franchise. But when Yahoo brought this idea to Cage, the actor rejected it, saying “No is the answer. I’m not really down [for Star Wars].” Cage went on to explain how he prefers a different franchise:
I’m a Trekkie, man. I’m on the Star Trek. I’m on the Enterprise. That’s where I roll… That’s a fact. I grew up watching [William] Shatner. I thought [Chris] Pine was terrific in the movies. I think the movies are outstanding.
The veteran actor got specific about why he loves Star Trek:
To me what science fiction is really all about and why it is such an important genre is that it is really where you can say whatever you want, however, you feel, you put it on a different planet, you put it in a different time, in the future, and you can without people really jumping on you. You can really express your thoughts like [George] Orwell or whomever, in the science fiction format. And Star Trek really embraced that. I thought that they got into some serious stuff.
Cage’s comments articulate a key component of Star Trek to use the format to tell allegorical and topical stories, which began with its creation by Gene Roddenberry. Cage made his comments during a promotional interview for his new film The Old Way. You can watch it below via Yahoo’s Kevin Polowy on Twitter.
Nicolas Cage does not want to be in The Mandalorian or the Star Wars universe (sorry, Pedro Pascal).
“I’m a Trekkie. That’s where I roll… I’m not in the Star Wars family. I’m in the Star Trek family.” pic.twitter.com/958e7picw4
— Kevin Polowy (@djkevlar) January 7, 2023
So add Nicolas Cage’s name to other high-profile actors who have expressed a love for Trek, along with Tom Hanks, James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Rosario Dawson, Mila Kunis, and Daniel Craig. Maybe one day he can follow in the footsteps of other famous fans like Whoopi Goldberg or Karl Urban and appear in Star Trek. Cage has been working consistently since 1981 and has two films due out this year and three next year. It sounds like given a chance, he could work Star Trek into his schedule for a potential movie (if or when Paramount Pictures gets moving again) or maybe even for one of the Paramount+ TV shows.
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