Nicolas Cage has revealed the reason he gave up karaoke.
During The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Actor Roundtable, Cage explained that a leaked video of his singing permanently deterred him from his favourite pastime.
“Well, yeah, for me Karaoke was like therapy,” he said. “Until someone videotaped my punk-rock version of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain‘ and it went everywhere and I said, ‘I’m not going to karaoke anymore.’”
Responding to the declaration, fellow panellist Andrew Garfield said, “Don’t steal the gift from the world. You need to keep giving.”
“Well, singing is therapy, I think,” said Cage. “Absolutely. Karaoke’s supposed to be private. It’s like a prayer.”
“Nic is just using this platform to get out his gripes, I guess,” joked Garfield.
“F****** Rain Man,” declared Garfield, referring to a horse whom Cage claimed “wanted to kill [him]” during the production of Butcher’s Crossing.
“Rain Man was behind the leak,” Cage agreed.
The 57-year-old actor was recently confirmed for the part of Dracula in Universal’s upcoming film, Renfield. He returns to screens in April, with the theatrical release of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.
Cage is also set to debut in two western films later this year, The Old Way and Butcher’s Crossing.