Castor Troy / Sean Archer
Why It’s The Best:
Another daft actioner, this one from director John Woo,
nevertheless features Cage at his maniacal best.
He plays Castor Troy, a criminal who killed the son of FBI Agent Archer (John Travolta). When Archer gets a face transplant to look just like Castor, he attempts to infiltrate the criminal’s organisation.
Castor and Archer come face to face for the first time, guns at the ready…
for me is a personal milestone because I felt like I was able to realise some of my independent filmmaking dreams in a major studio film.
“I was taking a lot of the laboratory of
and points of expression that I was working on with films like
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
, early German expressionistic film acting.
, I got do it in a huge genre picture. John had shown me his film
Bullet In The Head
and I knew when I saw that where he would let me go. I knew his barometer and that I could put it up against a wall of expressionistic acting. I got to get way outside the box.”