Nicolas Cage’s Attempt to Construct an $80 Million Film Studio in Las Vegas, Thwarted by the Influence of Elon Musk.

During an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, Nicolas Cage disclosed his endeavor to establish a film studio in Las Vegas, having successfully secured $80 million for the project.


What caused the setback? The actor explained that Elon Musk’s arrival in Las Vegas led to the city choosing to invest the funds in the Tesla corporation instead of supporting his envisioned movie studio. Cage, a resident of Las Vegas, has featured the city in some of his films like “Leaving Las Vegas” and “Honeymoon in Vegas,” the former of which earned him an Oscar for Best Actor.

Reflecting on his connection with Las Vegas, Cage remarked, “Vegas has been good to me, it really has. It’s both a small town and a big city. It’s probably one of the most unique addresses. If you want to experience the Strip, you can. If you prefer to blend in with the locals and explore the trendy restaurants, that’s an option too.”

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Cage confirmed he originally moved to Las Vegas for tax reasons, but “then I learned to love it.” The actor added, “I’ve had great experiences making movies there. ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ was great. ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ is great. I’ve got good mojo there.

I tried to get a movie studio built there and then Elon Musk came in, and all the money I got for the movie studio — I got $80 million — they put into the Tesla corporation, which then ironically drained all of the water out of the city. But I almost got it, I almost got a movie studio.”

Cage is currently on his press tour for “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” in which he plays a fictionalized version of himself. The Lionsgate release opens in theaters Friday.

Variety chief film critic Owen Gleiberman called the film “a witty meditation” on Cage’s legacy as an actor, adding, “It’s a commercial comedy that has a delirious good time poking fun at Nicolas Cage, celebrating everything that makes him Nicolas Cage — and, in the end, actually becoming a Nicolas Cage movie, which turns out to be both a cheesy thing and a special thing.”

Watch Cage’s full appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in the video below.

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