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There are a number of reasons why I’m looking forward to seeing Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance when it opens on Friday. I’ll let the movie’s star, Nicolas Cage, articulate one of them. This comes from a recent webchat that Cage conducted for Empire magazine’s website:
“[Playing] Ghost Rider… got me thinking about something I read in a book called The Way Of Wyrd by Brian Bates, and he also wrote a book called The Way Of The Actor. He put forth the concept that all actors, whether they know it or not, stem from thousands of years ago—pre-Christian times—when they were the medicine men or shamans of the village. And these shamans, who by today’s standards would be considered psychotic, were actually going into flights of the imagination and locating answers to problems within the village.”