Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance star Nicolas Cage has said it ''sucks to be famous right now''.

Speaking at the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas on Monday, 50-year-old Cage said: ''I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean.

"I saw him in Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden. Nothing affected me - no rock song, no classical music - the way Dean affected in Eden. It blew my mind. I was like, 'That's what I want to do.'

''This was before everyone had a thing called a Smartphone - just being famous for famous' sake. I'm not complaining, but it really sucks to be famous right now.''

Cage can next be seen in crime thriller Tokarev alongside Rachel Nichols.