Nicolas Cage Is Nemo & Mandrake
When people say things like over-the-top, I say to them, ‘Well, you show me where the top is and I’ll tell you whether or not I’m over it,’” says Cage. “I don’t think anyone can answer where the top is.

"For the haunted, hard-living Texas ex-con of ‘Joe,’ David Gordon Green was looking for a modern-day Robert Mitchum, someone with an old-fashioned kind of rugged masculinity with an underlying innocence. He thought of Nicolas Cage."

I never want to impinge on your personal connection with a movie. There’s a secret there, and whatever you get from it is what is right. But for me, [the film is] an ode to those people that we come across in life — those angels, if you will — that really embody what a father is. It could be a coach, it could be a science teacher, it could be a big brother, it could be a cop; you know, who take someone in and then they see that potential in the young person and they say, ‘I’m going to celebrate that. I’m going to empower that.’ I want people to go to the movie and think about those people in their own personal lives…

Nicolas Cage on ‘Joe’

NPR Interview April 10, 2014

"The always-busy actor’s work in David Gordon Green's new, Southern Gothic 'Joe' is among his most settled and centered in years, putting lie to the Andy Samberg “Big Bang Theory”-style impressions of him as nothing but a wild man. During a more-than-30-year career, he has put together some daring performances in many excellent films.”

I kind of wanted to get into just feeling something without thinking too much about the shape of it.” - Nicolas Cage