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Nicolas Cage says The Wicker Man was meant to be funny

Nic Cage (opens in new tab) recently sat down with Newsweek (opens in new tab) for an in-depth interview, and revealed that while he has no regrets career-wise, he’s very keen to work with Quentin Tarantino before hanging up his boots. Not only that, but he also reveals that The Wicker Man was meant to be funny all along…

“I don’t really have any regrets,” says Cage. “I think regret is a waste of time. I try to always move forward as opposed to dwelling on the past or the movies that might have happened. There certainly were movies that I probably would have benefited from if circumstances in my life allowed me to make them.”

“I would love to work with Paul Thomas Anderson,” he continues. “I think that he’s one of the greats, and he’s certainly a true artist. Quentin Tarantino and I, the two of us could really do something quite special. But I remain positive and hopeful that it will eventually happen.”

We’d particularly love to see the latter pairing come off, with Cage seeming a perfect fit for Tarantino’s brand of filmmaking. So what about The Wicker Man then? “It’s a phenomenon for sure,” admits Cage. “I’m not entirely sure the movie deserved that much attention, good or bad. It’s an ironic experience for people. I don’t think people are aware - or some of the people anyway - the movie was designed to be a bit of a black comedy. There was some irony involved in the portrayals. There seems to be a need by many of the folks on the Internet to think that Neil LaBute and myself were completely clueless as to that fact, which was not the case.” All together now… NOT THE BEES!

George was once GamesRadar's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it. But now he's working at Stylist Magazine.