Speaking to The Guardian, the 49-year-old actor who is currently filming a new thriller, Tokarev, with Lethal Weapon star Danny Glover, dismissed constant suggestions that he only does movies for the money and that he is obsessed with comic books and vintage cars.
Reacting to online satires of him losing it in numerous movies, Cage said: "Oh my god. I just can't keep up with that stuff. The internet has developed this thing about me – and I'm not even a computer guy, you know? I don't know why it is happening. I'm trying not to . . . lemme say this: I'm now of the mindset that, when in Rome, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em."
In the interview, Cage revealed that his father August, a literary professor and brother of director Francis, was the biggest influence on his career with the films he watched with him when he was a child such as The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari, and Nosferatu.
"Some of it was downright terrifying. But it still got into my consciousness and came back in my work as I developed into a man," Cage says. "I mean, I was watching movies like The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari, and Nosferatu and Fellini's Juliet Of The Spirits when I was five years old.
"He had this little projector and he'd play it in the house and we'd all watch, and I'd have nightmares. Just nightmares. But then I grew to love it. I said, OK, can I do that today? If you look at Vampire's Kiss, it's all about that memory of Nosferatu; that Germanic, expressionistic acting style."
Cage, who can currently be seen in The Frozen Ground. In Tokarev, Cage plays a reformed mobster who reluctantly returns to his violent roots when his daughter is kidnapped.
Read Ten's review of The Frozen Ground here.