Nicolas Cage's home invasion
(Nicholas Cage speaks at the press conference for Trespass on Sept. 14. Paul Irish/Toronto Star)
Nicholas Cage’s new movie Trespass is centered around the horror of a home invasion, an experience the actor says he can relate to in a small way.
Although it was not violent, the actor told a TIFF news conference that a few years back he had a mentally disabled man wake him and his wife up at 2 a.m. in their bedroom.
“It was in Orange County and my two-year-old was there,” he said. “The man was naked except for a leather jacket and he was eating a Fudgesicle.”
Cage said he jumped out of bed, the man ran into the bathroom and the police were called.
The actor says he’s the type of person who doesn’t own a gun and will try to talk issues out first.
“The police told me if it was any house on the street (they all own guns) he would have been shot on sight,’’ he said. “I didn’t press charges. It was horrible for my wife.”
He said the incident helped him better understand his character, Kyle, who must protect his wife Sarah (Nicole Kidman) and his daughter Avery (Liana Liberato) in the film.
The home invasion could have been simple and over in minutes, but Kyle refuses to open the safe, and that’s when the action begins.
Cage said Schumacher utilized a feeling of chaos on the set and chaos can make actors feel confident making them willing to try anything.
The director said some may see an undertone in the movie of some modern American families. Kyle, Sarah and Avery float around a large, beautiful, prestigious home but are not really connected until the calamity of the home invasion.
“The house, the cars don’t mean anything when your family is in jeopardy,” said Schumacher.
— Paul Irish