Nicolas Cage has today announced he will be opening up his very own acting academy. The star of ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’ and ‘Bangkok Dangerous’ wants to open an acting school where people from all walks of life can study the craft. He said ‘I want to choose my students the same way I choose my roles: with absolutely no attention to quality.’
Cage has decided to call this new school the ‘Cage Institute for Dramatic Arts’, or CIDA for short, although after a lengthy and ironic lawsuit with the Copyright Infringement Data Agency (CIDA), who sued him for copyright infringement, he advises people not to use its shortened name.
The actor is looking forward to teaching some of the tricks he has learned in the business. There will be modules on walking away from explosions, as well as a more advanced course on diving away from explosions. Extra credit will be awarded to students who do this while wearing a vest for no particular reason, like with Cage’s character in Con Air.
Cage has gained a lot of recognition for his ability to portray psychopaths. Will students be taught how to achieve this? ‘They certainly will,’ said the actor. ‘I know just how to teach them. The trick is to be calm, calm, calm, sarcastic, ANGRY, ANGRY, calm, ANGRY, calm, calm, ANGRY, ANGRY then delirious. You wouldn’t believe how many people forget to be delirious at the end.’
One of the school’s main aims is to stop nepotism in Hollywood. The actor said ‘I believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to gain a career in acting, regardless of who their family is.’ Cage, who is the nephew of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire, and the cousin of directors Roman Coppola and Sofia Coppola, as well as producer Gian-Carlo Coppola and actors Robert Carmine and Jason Schwartzmann, as well as being the brother of radio personality Marc Coppola and director Christopher Coppola, thinks ‘It’s just disgraceful that people can make a living off the name of a relative.’
The reaction in Hollywood to the new acting academy has been extremely positive. Leonardo DiCaprio said ‘The Cage Institute is a school I would have loved to have attended in my youth. Perhaps if I had been taught by Nic how to be a crazy psychopath, I’d have a fucking Oscar by now.’ John Travolta said during the press conference for his upcoming film ‘Adele Dazeem,’that ‘He’s wickedly talented. I would say Neil Cook is up there with the best.’