To prepare for his starring role in the new horror flick Mandy, Nicolas Cage drew from some of his favorite hard rock and heavy metal frontmen.
The Oscar-winning actor discussed the role in a new interview with Metal Hammer.
"For me, all art is inspired by music on some level," Cage explained. "Even when I come up with ways of speaking dialogue it has a musical intent to it."
The long-time metal head Cage went further offering a specific example from Mandy (which has received rave reviews so far in its limited release).
"There's one example in Mandy where I say, 'Did you rip my shirt?' I knew I was going to there with the melody and vocalization, and even though I'm a 'film person' and not a singer, I can still hear some of the dialogue as if I'm singing, almost like a metal singer," Cage said.
"The me, the voice is very gravelly and goes almost operatic, from a growl to a scream, which is metal all over."
He continued, shouting out a pair of rock legends who inspired the angle he took on his character.
Directed by Panos Cosmatos, Mandy stars Cage as Red Miller, a man out for revenge after a coven of occultists murder his girlfriend.
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