Nicolas Cage blames real estate crash, not luxury lifestyle for multi-million dollar debt


Los Angeles: Actor Nicolas Cage, who was reported to have squandered his $150 million fortune away on eccentric and costly purchases, has now cited a real estate crash for his multi-million dollar debt.

The actor, who also reportedly owed the Internal Revenue Service $6.3 million in property taxes, said he was over-invested in real estate.

“I was over-invested in real estate… the real estate market crashed, and I couldn’t get out in time. I paid them all back, but it was about $6 million. I never filed for bankruptcy,” he told CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ about working his way out of debt.

The 59-year-old dad-of-three – who in September 2022 had his first child with his fifth wife, Riko Shibata, 28 – added work was always his guardian angel. “It may not have been blue chip, but it was still work,” he said addressing the rumour that he took up every acting role he could in order to get out of debt.

In August 2019, Nicolas told The New York Times Magazine about taking back-to-back jobs for financial reasons, saying, “I can’t go into specifics or percentages or ratios, but yeah, money is a factor. I’m going to be completely direct about that. There’s no reason not to be.”

“There are times when it’s more of a factor than not. I still have to feel that, whether or not the movie around me entirely works, I’ll be able to deliver something and be fun to watch. But yes, it’s no secret that mistakes have been made in my past that I’ve had to try to correct.”

The ‘Renfield’ actor defended appearing in a string of critically mocked films as he struggled with repayments by saying, “Even if the movie ultimately is crummy, they know I’m not phoning it in, that I care every time,” he said.

“Financial mistakes happened with the real estate implosion that occurred, in which the lion’s share of everything I had earned was pretty much eradicated. But one thing I wasn’t going to do was file for bankruptcy.”

(with IANS inputs)

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