Nicolas Cage says Vegas chose Elon Musk and Tesla over his proposed movie studio

On Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday, Nicolas Cage spoke about some big plans he had in Las Vegas that never came to be, in part, because of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Cage has shot two blockbuster movies in Sin City, Leaving Las Vegas, for which he won an Oscar, and Honeymoon in Vegas. He had some much bigger plans, but the city chose to aggressively pursue business with Musk instead.

“I tried to get a movie studio built there,” Cage said, “and then Elon Musk came in, and all the money I got for the movie studio — I got $80 million, they put it into the Tesla corporation, which then, ironically, drained all the water out of the city…But I almost had it. I almost had a studio out there.”

Despite Vegas choosing Tesla over his movie studio, Cage still loves the city that he’s called home for about 17 years.

“Vegas has been good to me, it really has,” Cage said. “It’s both a small town and a big city. It’s probably one of the most unique addresses in the world. If you want to go to the strip and participate, you can. But if you want to just go with the locals and go to some of the cool restaurants, you can do that as well.”

Video Transcript

NICOLAS CAGE: I've had great experiences making movies there. I mean, "Leaving Las Vegas" was great. "Honeymoon in Vegas" was great.

[APPLAUSE]

Thank you. And there's good mojo there for me, so I like making movies there.

KYLIE MAR: Nicolas Cage joined Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday, where he spoke about the town he calls home-- Las Vegas. Cage shot the blockbusters "Leaving Las Vegas" and "Honeymoon in Vegas" in Sin City, and apparently the actor had plans to do so much more. But Cage said Tesla's CEO Elon Musk and the city's desire to do business with the billionaire got in the way.

NICOLAS CAGE: I tried to get a movie studio built there. And then Elon Musk came in, and all the money I got for the movie studio-- I got $80 million-- they put it into the Tesla Corporation, which then, ironically, drained all the water out of the city. So--

JIMMY KIMMEL: Wonderful.

NICOLAS CAGE: Yeah, wonderful, but I almost had it.

KYLIE MAR: Nevertheless, Cage, who has lived in Vegas for about 17 years, still loves the city.

NICOLAS CAGE: Vegas has been good to me, it really has. It's both a small town and a big city. It's probably one of the most unique addresses in the world.

JIMMY KIMMEL: Absolutely.

NICOLAS CAGE: If you want to go to the strip and participate, you can. But if you want to just go with the locals and go to some of the cool restaurants, you can do that as well.

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