Face/Off is seen as an action classic, and is now 25 years old. 25 years since the batshit crazy concept was made into one of the most slickly entertaining actioners of a decade, the 1990s that was jam packed full of them.


Director Adam Wingard had previously spoken about being close to finalising the story with writing partner Simon Barrett. The Godzilla Vs. Kong and The Guest director had previously guaranteed that it would be a proper sequel, with Castor Troy and Sean Archer returning despite the ending of the first movie. Of Cage he said:

“He’s just having such a moment. Even before Pig came out, we saw this as a Nicolas Cage movie. That’s become totally the obvious way to go now. A couple of years ago, the studio maybe would have wanted a hot, young, up-and-coming actor or something. Now, Nicolas Cage is one of the hottest actors in Hollywood again.”

Now Cage has spoken about Face/Off 2. While out doing press for The Old Way Cage spoke to Collider and added more detail:

“I think Face/Off is a sequel that lends itself to a lot of twists and turns and unpredictability. It’s almost like if you factor in the idea of offspring and Castor and Sean having children and these children grow up, then it becomes like three-dimensional chess, and then it’s not just the two, John Travolta and myself, it’s four of us ping-ponging and going at different levels, and it becomes even more complex.

I think there’s a lot of fertile ground there. I had maybe one meeting in an office, but I haven’t heard anything since, so I don’t know.”

At least the offspring would be grown up, thereby avoiding the pox on movies that are young kids in action movies.

Face/Off was the first Hollywood film in which John Woo was given major creative control, and it earned critical acclaim for the performances by Cage and Travolta and its stylized action sequences.

The film earned $245 million worldwide, making it the 11th highest-grossing film of 1997, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Sound Effects Editing (Mark Stoeckinger and Per Hallberg) at the 70th Academy Awards.

Face/Off was originally a spec script and Rob Cohen was originally set to direct, but he left to direct Dragonheart. The first actors who were envisioned by the writers to play Sean Archer and Castor Troy were Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Johnny Depp had wanted to play Sean Archer but passed on the role after reading the script.

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