Nicolas Cage's Bad Lieutenant Performance All Miles Davis's Fault
I went on Dick Cavett many years ago and met Miles Davis. And I was talking about things like art synthesis and Picasso and you can do with acting what he did, or with music, and Miles came out and he got it, you know, he was looking at me, he gave me this, like--he nodded and he winked at me. Miles Davis, you know. And we were sharing the trumpet.
And ever since then, because he accepted whatever my philosophy was, I believe that I wanted to approach acting as jazz. And so he became like a surrealist father of sorts, along with Walt Disney. And I thought, 'Okay. Well, this time, I'm going to just let anything come out, whatever it may be.' Like Bad Lieutenant, you know. But sometimes, it's really thought out and constructed and carefully thought out, like Adaptation. So I always like to mix it up." --Nicolas Cage