Nicolas Cage as a fisherman? That’s hard to imagine.
I was sixteen years old, and that really was one of the plans in case things didn’t work out with acting. When I’m by the sea, I feel this incredible calm come over me. Every cell in my body relaxes, and I feel right at home. I love the rhythm, the ebb and flow of the tide, which reflects the whole cycle of life. And I saw by looking at some friends how you could earn a living with fishing. Maybe I would have joined the merchant marines. I would have been happy there, too.
What has helped you personally in your life?
I’ve tried to explore all the elements. I wanted to explore earth, so I took up spelunking. I was interested in water, so I got my scuba diving license. I even got into a cage underwater and looked a great white shark in the eye.
What was that like?
Confronting that shark was one of my most primal fears, but it was a remarkably calm, gorgeous experience. I remember thinking it was a female shark. I didn’t know for sure, of course, but then they told me that it was. I felt this strange connection with this awesome animal in the ocean.