Leaving Las Vegas director Mike Figgis has shared a wild claim that he and Nicolas Cage missed out on the Oscar-winning film.
Actor Nicolas Cage In 1996, he won the only Oscar of his career so far for the movie Leaving Las Vegas. Now a film director and screenwriter Mike Figgis has made strong claims that neither he nor Cage were paid for the film.
Figgs said It Happened in Hollywood -podcast, that he was left licking his fingers from his agreed-upon reward of a fair 100,000 euros.
– Their explanation was that the film never produced anything.
The film was financed by Lumiere Pictures, which has since gone out of business. According to a US source, the film generated a good 32 million euros at the box office. In addition, the film won many important awards in the film industry.
Now Figgis doesn’t actually take the money for himself anymore.
– Whatever. My career took off from this movie, so I got paid really well for my next movie. And a year from now, Nicolas netted a good 20 million per film.
Cage was once one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors until he ran into a whopping $14 million in tax debt. In order to pay off his debts, Cage, who is struggling, agreed to act in several films classified as bad.
Source: New York Post