He clears up: “I’ve never dodged taxes”
The Hollywood star cheered by the Giffoni crowd
During the press conference, Nicolas Cage began by saying: “To be an Oscar winning actor is less important to me than being here in Giffon. And I’ve never dodged taxes”. Nicolas Cage is a legendary talent at Giffoni Film Festival which is the most important international festival for kids and youth. He came in typical cool rock style, wearing jeans, T-shirt and blue devalee jacket. He immediately swept the ceremony rules away by mixing with the jurors to greet them and take pictures with them, too. Then, he answered the questions of the journalists. It took him 5 seconds to sort out the confusion relating to his hypothetical tax evasion: “I’ve never dodged taxes, otherwise I would be in jail” – he cut short. Some journalists tried to make him lose his temper, reminding him that, even if he was the Academy Award winning in 1996 for the film “Leaving Las Vegas”, he has won the “Razzy Award”, which is the prize for the worst acting in films. “Prizes mean nothing to me. I don’t take them too much seriously. I care about other things, such as the Giffoni Film Festival which counts more than a prize. I’m proud of my Italian origins, love Italian food, culture and mythology. But most of all, I’ve literally fallen in love with the Giffoni Film Festival basic idea, which gives voice to kids and youth from all over the world. It is the unique philosophy in the world which makes us aware that we are all human and with the same feelings. Young people who participate in Giffoni learn to love each other before adults teach them to hate on the basis of their different cultures”.