After the film, director Green and Cage took to the stage for a Q & A session moderated by former Maxim and current Deadline.com reporter/critic Peter Hammond.
Origins: The novel was written by one of Green's former college professors. Green sent the script along with a letter to Cage who loved it and came on board.
Performances: Cage didn't mention his outright troubles of the last few years but said he had reached a point where he had gone through a western kabuki, baroque, Andy Warhol style of acting and wanted to start fresh with an honest performance with no baggage. He doesn't believe in over the top, you tell him what the top is and he'll tell you where he is.
Cage was all you'd expect him to be: thoughtful, funny, articulate, intense, weirdcool, etc. Watching him even when he wasn't speaking was interesting. You could tell things were running full speed in his brain and when he spoke, it was like the flood gates opened.
Actors: Green filled the film with many non-actors. Poulter was found at a bus stop on his way back to Texas after a stint in a traveling circus. One guy owned a local BBQ joint in Austin, another was Green's neighbor who plain "talked cool" while many others were found at the local Day Labor office.
Setting: Green is from the south and loves all the bullshitters and storytellers therein.
Fame: Cage feels imitation is the highest form of flattery but laments that movie stars are people who make mistakes too and that Brando and Bogart didn't have to worry about someone in a coffee shop videotaping them making a mistake that then becomes world news. He gave a very honest and interesting answer to the question and then referenced the YouTube videos of him going crazy and reciting the A-B-C's, which I had been talking about all week.
Of course more was talked about but hey, get yourself a membership to the American Cinematheque or live in Los Angeles.
Then, as an added bonus, we spotted Avatar and Sabotage's Sam Worthington with some suit clad agent types exiting the theater. I quickly told him I had seen Sabotage twice that week and it was awesome as we shook hands. He was chill and very svelte.
So there you have it, an overall great night and perfect ending to my 6 movie week. High phalanges to Lionsgate, The Aero, Gordon and Cage.
Here's the duo making the festival circuit: