After nearing financial ruin, star Nicolas Cage appeared to say “yes” to any movie that was offered to him. Some hit, some miss, but the market appeared to be over saturated with the multi-talented actor. So, it comes as a shock that Cage won’t be returning to the Ghost Rider franchise, which resulted in the 2007 adaptation of the Marvel comic, as well as its sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
“Personally, I’m done,” he told MTV. “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’s at least proud of the film, predicated you believe success is based on dollars. “Contrary to whatever the perception is, that was an enormously successful movie,” he said. “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.”
The movie still sucks, dude.
Although he did end on a smart note: “It would be interesting if they did it with a female Ghost Rider.”
We end with the question: could Cage finally be in a good place, or has his contract just ended? Most lead actors are signed on for a film’s sequel, if not multiple sequels. His exit may not be his choice, but it’s the right choice.