Nicolas Cage recently spoke to Yahoo Entertainment to promote his new Western, The Old Way where he revealed he’s a Trekkie.
Cage starred with Mandalorian star, Pedro Pascal on 2022’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. At the time, Pascal told a reporter for Yahoo he wanted to recruit Cage into the Star Wars franchise. However, when Yahoo brought this idea to Cage, the actor rejected it, saying:
“No is the answer. I’m not really down for Star Wars. I’m a Trekkie, man. I’m on the Star Trek Enterprise. That’s where I roll.”
Cage says his love for Star Trek dates back to his childhood, and he’s kept up with the new films starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and co.
“I grew up watching Shatner. I thought Pine was terrific in the movies. I think the movies are outstanding. I like the political and sociological messages.
To me, what science fiction is really all about and why it’s such an important genre is that really you can say whatever you want, however, you feel.
You put it on a different planet, you put it in a different time or in the future, and without people just jumping on you, you can really express your thoughts like Orwell or whomever in the science-fiction format. And Star Trek really embraced that.”
Trek v Wars
Honestly, I’ve never understood the necessity of choosing a side. Star Trek and Star Wars and like chalk and cheese, with the exception of being set in space, are not even similar so it’s OK to like both.
Star Trek was first launched way, way back in 1966 when Drunken Yoda was only 21 years old. It became a cult phenomenon and had a massive impact on pop culture and societal influence.
Star Wars debuted in 1977 and was grander in scope with a web of alien species, personal feuds, and galaxy-wide oppression. The Star Trek world is modern, sleek, and shiny, while most of Star Wars‘ settings are dirty and grimy.
To me, Star Trek is a political saga that uses human history to try and teach us rights and wrongs as well as give us an optimistic view of mankind’s future. Star Wars was pure escapism, kind of like cowboys and Indians in space. Swashbuckling adventures on a scale that we nerds had never seen before.
May The Force Live Long And Prosper
Sadly, Star Trek and Star Wars have been hijacked by people who have absolutely no idea what makes them so beloved or successful. These people have run both franchises into the ground, and they mock us by routinely pissing on both franchises’ early graves.
In an ideal world, someone like Nicolas Cage could at least help save one of them, Star Trek. Drunken Yoda and I have made no secret of our love and admiration for the franchise, as well as our despair at modern Trek, in particular, Picard.
I’m not ashamed to say that I would hand over some hard-earned money to see Nicolas Cage sitting in a Captain’s chair aboard a Federation starship. He has that wonderful old-skool Shatner hamminess about him.
We live in very strange times, perhaps Cage could be the hero we didn’t know we needed right now. I say sign him up and give that man a ship already!