Nicolas Cage has revealed that he made the decision to star in the Left Behind movie on the advice of his brother, who is a church pastor.
The film, which premiers in the US on October 3, is an adaptation of the best-selling Christian book series by Jerry B Jenkins and Tim LaHaye.
The Academy-Award winning actor plays Rayford Steele, an airline pilot whose wife and son are taken in the rapture.
“My brother, Marc, is a Christian pastor, and he was very excited about this,” Cage told reporters at a press conference. “He said, you know, Nicky, you’ve really got to do this.
“I’d already wanted to make the movie because I thought it was such a great script and an opportunity again to do something challenging, but when I saw how passionate [Marc] was, I thought, well, yeah, I want to make this movie for my brother, too.”
Cage made similar comments in a clip that was released on Facebook. In the film he stars alongside Chad Michael Murray, best known for playing Lucas Scott in One Tree Hill.
Cage’s brother, Marc Coppola, is also an actor and radio DJ.
SOURCE: Lucinda Borkett-Jones