The "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" news has been pounding the online community fast and furiously, thanks largely to the fact that directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are currently hard at work on the comic book adaptation's Romanian production set.
But it's leading man Nicolas Cage who is at the center of attention today, as the "Ghost Rider" star took some time out from his busy shooting schedule to discuss his goals, ideas and work on the superhero sequel during an interview with Collider.
"I have high hopes for it," Cage said of the sequel. "I’m very confident that something special is going to come out of this experience. You can just feel it on the set."
Cage also laid plenty of praise on top of his directors, describing the "Crank" filmmakers as unlike anybody he's ever worked with before.
"They’re total originals," he said. "Mark Neveldine is doing things with the camera that are just brand new. He’s on rollerblades. He’s hanging off of wires at 300 feet. He’s just doing things that are combination stuntman and camera operator/director that are quite shocking and quite risky."
"And Brian Taylor is just a philosopher when it comes to movies," he added of the film's second director. "You can talk to him about Michael Powell’s 'Peeping Tom,' and you can go into Ishiro Honda’s 'The War of the Gargantuas,' in the same sentence. He’s definitely giving me a chance to bring a lot to the character."
In addition to playing Johnny Blaze for a second time, Cage is actually getting the chance to embody the Ghost Rider himself when the sequel rolls around.
"[Taylor's] idea to have me play Ghost Rider as well was inspired," said the actor. "We’ve been coming up with a lot of interesting things to do in the abstract, to help support the supernatural aspect of the character. He is the most supernatural superhero of all, after all."
"I don’t want to give anything away, but I know that the Ghost Rider character will definitely mess with their minds," he concluded.
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