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Cage liked working with non-actors

Nicolas Cage has revealed he jumped at the chance to work with non-professional actors in his new film Joe.

The Croods star plays an ex-con who becomes a role model and father figure for a teenager from a troubled family in the film, and told Collider how director David Gordon Green decided to cast non-actors in some of the roles.

Asked what it brought to the movie, Nicolas said there was "an element of surprise".

"I was really up for it," he added.

"I thought it was exciting, this was an opportunity for me to try something new, working with non-actors."

Nicolas also said the best way to sum up the film is "heart".

"It has massive emotion and feeling and heart," said the 50-year-old.

"It's a story of a man who takes in a teenage young child who is having issues at home with domestic abuse and this man is not the most qualified person, Joe, to take him in and give him a job but he starts caring for him like a father would to a son, in the best possible way.

"And he gives him a job and you see these two form a beautiful, powerful relationship."

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