Actor Nicolas Cage’s recently revealed “earliest memory” inspired several follow-up questions from comedian and “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert.
Cage, who made an appearance on the show to promote his vampire-themed horror comedy “Renfield,” participated in the “Colbert Questionert” — during which he fielded a series of random questions from the host.
Things took a turn when Colbert asked the “Leaving Las Vegas” star to recall his earliest memory, however, and Cage suggested that he might remember something that happened before he was even born.
“Let me think. Listen, I know this sounds really far out, and I don’t know if it’s real or not, but sometimes I think I can go all the way back to in utero and feeling like I could see faces in the dark or something,” Cage replied. “I know that sounds powerfully abstract, but that somehow seems like it maybe happened.”
Colbert responded with a follow-up question, asking the Oscar winner whether he thought he had seen faces because there may have been “other people in there” at the time — or whether he believed that he had been able to imagine or “conjure” faces even before he was born.
“Now that I am no longer in utero, I would have to imagine it was perhaps vocal vibrations resonating through to me at that stage,” Cage replied. “That’s going way back. I don’t know. That comes to mind … I don’t even know if I remember being in utero, but that thought has crossed my mind.”
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Cage answered a number of other questions presented by the host — including his top five favorite movies that he had starred in: “Pig,” “Mandy,” “Bringing Out the Dead,” “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” and “Joe.”
“There you go. I go ‘Face/Off,’ but that’s okay,” Colbert joked.
“Oh, I like that one a lot! I love ‘Face/Off,’” Cage agreed, adding, “You know, what was interesting about ‘Face/Off’ — and I could’ve mentioned ‘Vampire’s Kiss.’ ‘Vampire’s Kiss’ was a little movie I made where I was able to explore my more abstract dreams with film performance. I was sadly playing a character who was losing his mind that he was beginning to think he was the vampire from the original Nosferatu movie. And when you’re playing a character who’s losing his mind, he can believe he’s Nosferatu. So I got to act like a German expressionistic silent movie star.”
“And that was cool, these facial expressions and what not. But ‘Face/Off’ was a big studio movie that I made at Paramount and I was able to use what I learned from this little ‘Vampire’s Kiss’ movie and put it in this giant movie and it worked. I was like, ‘People really dig this,’” Cage concluded.