The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

HOL­LY­WOOD star Ni­co­las Cage has re­vealed he turned down one of the lead roles in the Lord Of The Rings tril­ogy be­cause he didn’t want to live in New Zealand for three years.

The Os­car-win­ning ac­tor, 54, said: “You know, I was go­ing to al­most be in the (films) but I didn’t do it.’’

Asked which role he was go­ing to play, Cage said: “It was Aragorn, it was Viggo’s (Mortensen) part. But I didn’t want to go to New Zealand for three years. I was still busy rais­ing my first son so I couldn’t re­ally go. I was in a di­vorce situation.”

Cage is cur­rently re­ceiv­ing rave re­views for his new movie Mandy, which one critic de­scribed as “the per­for­mance of a life­time”.

Ni­co­las Cage.

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