‘I’ve been slapped so many times’: Nicolas Cage says fans often idolized Cher’s famous “Snap out of it!” Line from Moonstruck
Nicolas Cage says he’s been slapped by ardent fans multiple times when they quote a famous line uttered by Cher to his character in 1987’s Moonstruck.
The 59-year-old actor speaks with Entertainment tonight on Monday in New York City for the debut of his new movie, Renfield, alongside actor Nicholas Hoult.
Cage portrayed Ronnie Camareri opposite Cher’s Loretta Castorini in the romantic comedy, which hit theaters in December of 1987.
“For the longest time, back from Mostrock,” Cage said, “I’d walk to the airport and people used to say, ‘Get out of it! ‘” from Moonstruck – The Cher’s “Snap out of it” – and I got slapped a few times.
“No, no!” said Holt, 33. To which Cage emphasized, “Oh yeah, I did — and that, you know, is part of the job.”
The latest: Nicolas Cage, 59, says he was slapped by overzealous fans multiple times when they quoted a famous line uttered by Cher to his character in 1987’s Moonstruck.
Cage posited worried fans auditioning for him with the displays: “I guess maybe (they think) I’ll put them in something — who knows?”
Directed by Norman Jesson, the film also starred late Hollywood icons Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia and John Mahoney.
It won three Academy Awards in six nominations in 1988, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Cher, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Dukakis, and Best Screenplay for John Patrick Shanley.
Cage won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1996 for his performance in Leaving Las Vegas.
Cage told the outlet that among his favorite lines he’s said in his career is one from 1990’s Wild at Heart, speaking of his character’s snakeskin coat: “And to me it’s a symbol of my individuality, my faith, and my personal freedom.”
Cage plays Count Dracula in the upcoming Renfield, saying he has found the character “deep and compelling” since reading the book Dracula.
He said, “Dracula, even though it’s a supernatural character, says something about the human experience.” Which is if you replace a blood addiction with an addiction to alcohol or heroin or sex, you can see that these are human issues that people deal with, and then factor in eternal life or an eternal undead experience, you get… your heart broken over and over and betrayed. And I think that’s something that people can also relate to.
Renfield, which also stars Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz, and Shohreh Aghdashloo, hits theaters April 14.
Cage portrayed the role of Ronnie Camareri opposite Cher’s Loretta Castorini in the romantic comedy, which hit theaters in December of 1987.
Cage was photographed at the New York City premiere of his new picture Renfield on Tuesday