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'Leaving Las Vegas' director says Nicolas Cage never paid $100,000 for Oscar-winning role

Nicolas Cage may have won priceless for playing the alcoholic suicidal screenwriter in 1000581523142 The Oscars of leaving Las Vegas — but that’s all he is. Actor never got $000,000 He was promised the movie.

Revealed this surprising detail in a podcast interview with writer Mike Figgis – Leaving Las Vegas The director of , who joined Hollywood Reporter ‘s ) It takes place in Hollywood the show’s third season premiere.

Figgis also never received $100, budgeted for his directorial fee.

“They said the movie never made a profit,” Figes said of Lumiere Pictures, the company that financed the $4 million film. Shot this movie using a handheld 000 mm camera on the streets of Las Vegas.

This movie earned $72 worldwide Millions, according to Box Office Mojo .

Figgis doesn’t seem to mind this change.

“Whatever,” he said. “I mean, my career took off again and the next movie I did, I got paid really well. Within a year, [Nic] made one movie million dollars, so that’s pretty good.”

Leaving Las Vegas reinvigorated Cage and Figgis’ film careers. Over the next two years, Cage will star in The Rock , Con Air and Face/Off, Three action blockbusters cemented his status as a lucrative Hollywood superstar. Figgis suddenly finds himself an Oscar-nominated director, with Steven Spielberg (offering them to work together) and Stanley Kubrick (who calls to find out how he got a few shots) Waiting for someone’s call.

A tale of love and self-destruction, LAS VEGAS following Ben Sanderson (Kay Qi), a screenwriter fired in Los Angeles who decided to move to Las Vegas and use his severance pay to drink himself to death.

There, he meets Sera (Elizabeth Shue), a sex worker who falls in love with him. The two agreed not to interfere with the other’s self-destructive life choices.

Adapted from 800 John O’Brien O’Brien)’s cult novel (he committed suicide a few weeks after selling the rights to Figgis), explores dark and difficult themes for which it is nearly impossible to find support. Even after it was completed, the film struggled to find distribution until MGM stepped in.

It went on to receive four Academy Award nominations: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress for Shu and Cage winning Best Actor.

Listen to Leaving Las Vegas episode It takes place in Hollywood Featuring Mike Figgis, be sure to subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen Podcast.

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-32-72-100.




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