Why Nicolas Cage gave up karaoke


“Karaoke is meant to be private.”

Nicolas Cage is a legend. You’ve seen it in a million movies, but don’t expect to see it in a karaoke bar anytime soon.

Let’s do a quick recap. Over two years ago, a video was leaked that showed Cage playing Prince’s “Purple Rain” on karaoke. Whether you thought he did a good job or a bad job with the song, you had to admit the performance was literally amazing.

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Unfortunately, the fact that his karaoke business is open has meant that Cage has since given up on karaoke – forever. He explained his decision during the recent Hollywood Reporter actor roundtable.

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“For me, karaoke was like therapy,” he said, “until someone filmed my punk-rock version of ‘Purple Rain’ by Prince and it went everywhere and I say, ‘I’m not going to do karaoke anymore.’ “

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Another roundtable participant, Andrew Garfield, tried to offer some encouragement: “Don’t steal the gift of the world,” he encouraged Cage. “You have to keep giving.”

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“Well, singing is therapy, I think,” Cage replied. “Karaoke is meant to be private. It’s like a prayer.”

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Garfield then made a joke on Cage using the roundtable as an opportunity to denounce “the person who leaked the karaoke video”, but, I don’t know, he sounded pretty sincere.

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Anyway, if you want to see an example of Nic Cage doing his thing with absolute aplomb, check out Pork at present. It’s the best it’s been in years. Maybe he will be nominated for an Oscar for that! Stranger things have happened.

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