Nicolas Cage has claimed that his plans to build a film studio were unintentionally thwarted by Elon Musk.
Appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On Wednesday (April 20), the actor said a redistribution of Nevada state funds prevented him from opening his own studio in Las Vegas.
“Vegas has been good to me, it really has,” he said of the city where he has lived since 2006. “There’s a good mojo for me there.”
Cage then said that he had “great experiences” shooting films like leave Las Vegas and Honeymoon in Vegas there.
“I was trying to get a film studio built there and then Elon Musk came in and all the money I got for the film studio – I got $80m (£61m) – they put it into the Tesla – cooperation,” he said.
“Which then, ironically, drained all the water from the city.”
He added: “I almost had it. I almost had a studio.”
“That’s a lot of money to spend, so you certainly don’t have to fly an hour to LA,” Kimmel replied, with Cage explaining, “Well, it wasn’t my money.”
Cage is currently starring The unbearable weight of massive talent to Pedro Pascal. You can read The Independent‘s four-star rating here.
In recent years, the actor has been known for appearing in numerous video-on-demand films, but he’s defended her in several recent interviews.
“I think I did some of the best work of my life during this so-called direct-to-video period,” he said.
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“I put up every one of these films [against] the first 30 years… It was the best workshop, the best acting class I could have had. I think that was really practice. I felt like it was so much easier for me to access my emotional content or my imagination.”
Last month, Cage explained that the basis for accepting so many VOD roles was because he refused to file for bankruptcy after reportedly spending his entire $150 million (£115 million) fortune and $6.3 million (£4.8 million) in property taxes.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/nicolas-cage-elon-musk-tesla-vegas-b2062864.html Nicolas Cage says Elon Musk has thwarted his plans to build a £61million film studio in Vegas