Son of legendary Nicolas Cage, Weston Cage Coppola has crafted a name for himself in various unique, standout roles, including as a well-dressed Russian villain alongside an array of action star royalty.
In his own words Weston speaks proudly; Assault on Station 33, will help you disengage a little to be engaged in non-stop action combining gunfire with hand-to-hand combat. I believe it’s captivating and been a while since a movie had this kind of torque.
What a privilege it was to talk with Weston, an engaging, extremely humble, multi-talented individual.
Was it a challenge to do the Russian accent so convincingly.
WC – Appreciate you found it authentic, I speak Russian so I just did my best to translate through the dialogue as a construct. Actually, I speak five languages, not fluent but can survive conversations.
Do you use that as an advantage to get projects.
WC – I do. My grandpa was a polyglot, he spoke pretty much anything, I have a fraction of that.
In this you played the villain, he’s also fairly reasonable.
WC – I feel the villain is more complex and dynamic, it was fun. He has the element of being understanding while defending his family.
And very well dressed.
WC – He has that sophistication about him, like a poisonous silk.
Do you have a say on independent projects on costume selection.
WC – Depending on the director and relationship, sometime they know exactly what they want, on this we played with it a little, creating memories I carried with me as a character. We did agree on the ponytail manbun, no extensions, I keep it long
Spoiler alert, you get shot by Michael Jai White, a legendary talent.
WC – Absolutely he is an incredible actor, what a way to go right. Everyone was terrific to work with, Sean Patrick Flanery and director Chris Ray, a pleasure.
Do they help you do your thing more effectively because of their professionalism and confidence on-set.
WC – I just transform, it is nice working with high level people. I trained at Stella Adler Studio of Acting, a privileged experience.
Hate asking this but do you audition for projects or potentially does your name get you over the line for roles.
WC – that’s ok Shane, I went through the labyrinth, paid my dues, a lot of work. High expectations and hard times but proved myself which I’m glad I did it the organic way, the right way.
Is acting a job to you, or more of a life journey the older you are.
WC – more of a journey but for me art is everything, if I’m not in catharsis or providing entertainment or telling a story or giving life to something I feel I’m not doing what I was put on earth to do. I always have naturally made music and acted, also do martial arts.
I’m assuming outside of acting martial arts is a passion.
WC – yes, I won heavyweight champion in 2018 in Vegas receiving my master’s degree in Sambo, Russian martial arts. There were a couple of times I almost went full throttle only with fighting career but acting stayed true. I do want to keep it alive on film. Certain realistic martial arts aren’t really explored, such as European types.
Your obviously athletic, can you surf. I Surf.
WC – I can’t surf the Australian level (laughs) I do enjoy the ocean. Australia is one of my favourite countries, I went to Lizard Island it’s wonderful.
Before covid did you consider roles globally if offered.
WC – Totally international all countries considered I love travel. Bulgaria was wonderful to film 211 (movie) also Lord of War (Africa) when I was about thirteen.
You worked with amazing Lin Shaye (Get Gone) tell me about her.
WC – very professional, a wonderful person. It’s always an honour to work with thespians going for intention and realism such as Jesse Kove (D-Day) he is like a brother and that film is a triumph.
Why doesn’t your mum act any more, I enjoy her previous work.
WC – I’m not sure why she doesn’t pursue it again, more of a recording artist now.
Do you have a favourite film your dad has made or a handful.
WC – The ultimate is Face Off (1997) it’s incredibly complex, something about it is timeless to me, also, Kiss of Death (1995).
There’s talk of a sequel, maybe you can cameo.
WC – that would be awesome Shane, I’ll do it (laughs)
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