Nicolas Cage has voiced his frustration with "Cage Rage" internet memes, declaring they are "frustrating" and unfair to him and the directors of his films.

In an interview with Indiewire, the highly-expressive actor is promoting his latest film Mandy, a schlock-horror movie in which he plays a man thirsting for revenge on an evil biker gang.

Cage declared: "I’m sure it’s frustrating for (director) Panos (Cosmatos), who has made what I consider a very lyrical, internal, and poetic work of art, to have this ‘Cage Rage’ thing slammed all over his movie … the internet has kind of done the movie a disservice."

'Cage Rage' is a loose term which has crept into movie parlance, used by the sceptical to describe Cage's acting antics, deemed by them to be quite over-the-top and arguably unnecessary to the portrayal.

The Hollywood actor explained the thinking that underlies his approach to acting, declaring that "It’s all very thought out and carefully planned."

He aimed, he said, to realise his "abstract and more ontological fantasies with film performance, by playing people who were crazy, or by playing people who were on drugs, or supernaturally possessed."

The actor was chuffed by Ethan Hawke’s positive comments in a recent Reddit Ask Me Anything web-chat. In that web-chat Hawke observed that Cage was "the only actor since Marlon Brando that’s actually done anything new with the art of acting; he’s successfully taken us away from an obsession with naturalism into a kind of presentation style of acting that I imagine was popular with the old troubadours".

 "That made me feel good," Cage admitted. "The list goes on and on about these old troubadours who embraced a kind of charismatic and larger-than-size stylisation. A grandeur, if you will."

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