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Season of the Wich star Nicolas Cage reveals why he took the role

08 January 2011

Oscar winning prolific character actor Nicolas Cage has revealed that his love for wide open spaces was a big influence on his decision to star in new film Season of the Witch. He revealed that filming in the Austrian Alps was just what he needed to get away from claustrophobic city life.

He said "I really wanted to be in the forest, I was making a little movie called Bad Lieutenant in New Orleans and I was very hot and I was in these tiny, very humid offices, and I was dreaming about making a movie in the forest. And then this script came along and there it was and I said 'I'm going.' And I was in the Austrian Alps, which was divine. I also found myself living a dream because I'd always wanted to play a knight. I'd been doing it since I was very small in my backyard and it took this long to put it on celluloid."

Season of the Witch is directed by Dominic Sena and opened across the UK yesterday and co stars Hellboy charactor actor Ron Perlman. The film follows 14th-century knights (Cage and Perlman) who transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

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