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Exclusive: Nicolas Cage Confirms Johnny Blaze Exorcized in 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance'


I just chatted with Amber Heard (And Soon the Darkness, The Ward) and Nicolas Cage (every other film ever made) about their new supernatural exploitation throwback thriller Drive Angry 3D, due in theaters this Friday. (We'll have that video interview up for you soon.) And I made sure to ask Cage what audiences can expect when his other hellspawned movie road racer, Ghost Rider, rolls back into movie theaters later this year. Cage, who'd just flown back to Los Angeles from Romania, where he was in the midst of filming the superhero sequel -- Ghost Rider: Spirit of Venegance -- mentioned one detail about the film that sounds pretty intriguing. Find out what Cage told me after the jump.

Now, Cage might have mentioned this detail in another interview, but if so, I haven't seen it... It sounds like Ghost Rider's alter ego, Johnny Blaze, will part ways in the film with the demon inhabiting him. Here's how Cage describes it...

"There's an exorcism scene I just did where Johnny Blaze is being exorcized. And then I also play Ghost Rider, who's the spirit of Zarathos, who's a corrupted angel. So it's like completely different entities. The movie is not like anything I've done before. It's completely original. I think it's a really high adrenaline ride. And I think you'll see things in it that are mysterious as well."

I kind of like the idea that Cage could portray Blaze and Ghost Rider as two entirely separate beings this go-round. The mere fact that Blaze is getting exorcized puts him more in league with classic conflicted Marvel comics heroes like The Hulk and Spider-Man. In fact, it sounds a little like Spider-Man 2, in which Spidey loses his powers when he needs them most. That's the kind of pathos the first Ghost Rider lacked, and that we could use more of this time.