It turns retired a shiny caller Oscar is the lone happening Nicolas Cage gained aft moving connected the 1995 movie “Leaving Las Vegas.”
Despite emerging victorious successful the Best Actor category, Cage — existent sanction Nicolas Coppola — really didn’t get paid for being the pb histrion successful the film.
Appearing on The Hollywood Reporter’s It Happened successful Hollywood podcast, “Leaving Las Vegas” writer-director Mike Figgis revealed that he, arsenic good arsenic Cage, didn’t spot truthful overmuch arsenic a cent deed their slope accounts aft the film.
“Nicolas and I ne'er got paid,” Figgis said.
Figgis claims helium was owed $100,000 for his directing fee, which helium ne'er received.
“They said the movie ne'er went into profit,” helium said of the now-defunct Lumiere Pictures, which financed the $4 cardinal film.
The film, adapted from the 1990 John O’Brien caller of the aforesaid name, follows Cage’s quality Ben Sanderson, a Los Angeles screenwriter who moves to Las Vegas and endures a grueling conflict with alcoholism
It raked successful $32 cardinal globally, according to Box Office Mojo. The movie was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including champion director, best-adapted screenplay, champion histrion for Elisabeth Shue, and champion histrion for Cage, which helium won.
Figgis isn’t dwelling implicit the deficiency of compensation implicit 27 years later.
“Whatever,” helium said. “I mean, my vocation past took disconnected again, and the adjacent movie I did, I got truly good paid. And wrong a twelvemonth (Nic) was earning $20 cardinal a film, truthful that was rather good.”
The movie served arsenic a monumental turning constituent successful Cage’s career, soon aft which helium landed roles successful “The Rock,” “Con Air,” and “National Treasure.”
He soon became the highest-paid histrion successful Hollywood, but it wasn’t agelong earlier the amusive was over, and helium was near owing a whopping $14 cardinal to the IRS, and millions much to different creditors, according to a March illustration in GQ.