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OTRC: Nicolas Cage wishes for positive reviews for 'Season of the Witch' on his 47th birthday

Promotional photo of Nicolas Cage for 'Season of the Witch' ('Season of the Witch' official website, seasonofthewitchmovie.com)

Nicolas Cage celebrated his 47th birthday last Friday with the release of his new movie, "Season of the Witch."

In the flick, Cage plays a 14th century Crusader who is given the task of transporting a young girl, played by newcomer Claire Foy, who is suspected of being a witch, to a remote monastery.

"I've been playing a knight ever since I was a small child in the backyard. I don't know why it took this long for me to play a knight on film, but it did and now I've done it," UK television network ?ITN quoted him as saying.

As for ratings, Cage said he would leave that up to the movie gods, but hoped they would give him a good birthday present. The movie garnered $10.7 million at the box office, but was outshined this week by "True Grit." The production budget for "Season of the Witch" was a reported $40 million.

Cage has certainly kept himself busy, appearing this year in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Kick-Ass." The actor also has 7 movies in production and another 2 projects in development including "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," "National Treasure 3" and "Drive Angry 3D."

In 2009, Nicolas Cage initiated a $20 million lawsuit against his former business manager, Samuel Levin who said in statements that he had warned Cage that he would face bankruptcy if the actor didn't curb his lavish spending. Cage reportedly owns two castles, several palatial homes, and several yachts and Rolls Royces.

Levin urged Cage to keep a 'financial cushion' of at least $10 million, "to alleviate the financial pressure to take film roles that might be detrimental to his career," according to a CNN report.

The actor got his start in classics like "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and the early Coen brother flick, "Raising Arizona."


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