Nicolas Cage Says He Once Searched for the Holy Grail
Nicolas Cage once searched for the Holy Grail.
No, we’re not kidding and no, this isn’t the plot of National Treasure 3.
The 55-year-old actor, known for his roles in Disney’s National Treasure and it’s sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets (which will likely be available on Disney+, the company’s new streaming service) among other roles in his decades-long career, revealed in a recent interview with The New York Times, he once went on a “quest” for the Holy Grail.
Here’s how Cage found himself traveling around the world in search of the Holy Grail: “I started following mythology, and I was finding properties that aligned with that. It was almost like National Treasure. Of course, that didn’t sustain,” he said.
Nicolas Cage searched for the Holy Grail in England
Cage went on to say his treasure hunt of sorts took him to Glastonbury, England, where he drank water that tasted like blood at the Chalice Well.
He showed just how interested he became in the Holy Grail when he explained the details he learned about the natural spring. “I guess it’s really because there’s a lot of iron in the water. But legend had it that in that place was a grail chalice, or two cruets rather, one of blood and one of sweat,” Cage explained.
His search took him to Rhode Island
After visiting Glastonbury, Cage said his search took him back stateside to Rhode Island, where he later bought a property. He denied the possible connection to the Holy Grail as being the reason he bought real estate in that particular location.
“I don’t know if I’m going to say that’s why I bought the Rhode Island property. But I will say that is why I went to Rhode Island, and I happened to find the place beautiful. But yes, this had put me on a search around different areas, mostly in England, but also some places in the States,” he said.
So, what did Cage learn after his extensive quest?
He found the best way to explain the quest was to compare it to creating a library.
“You read a book, and in it there’s a reference to another book, and then you buy that book, and then you attach the references,” Cage said, adding, “For me it was all about where was the grail? Was it here? Was it there? Is it at Glastonbury? Does it exist?”
Like his National Treasure character, Ben Gates, Cage had all these bits of information and artifacts that took him to location after location and clue and clue. Ultimately, Cage didn’t find the Holy Grail or an underground room full of centuries’ worth of priceless artifacts but rather confirmation on something he already knew to be true.
“What I ultimately found is: What is the Grail but Earth itself? Well, I knew that, and the metaphor for me is the earth. The divine object is Earth,” Cage said.
Nicolas Cage hasn’t ruled out ‘National Treasure 3’
Cage’s search for treasure may not be over. In a 2016 interview with Entertainment Weekly, he didn’t rule out the possibility of a National Treasure 3 but noted that creating the script has been difficult because of the time it takes to fact-check everything.
“I know that it’s been a challenge to get the script where it needs to be,” Cage said, adding “But they’re still working on it.”
In the meantime, see Cage in Color Out of Space, a sci-fi horror film based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft.