Screen Junkies » Ghost Rider 2 http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:30:46 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’ Trailer Is An Improvement http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ghost-rider-spirit-of-vengeance-trailer-is-an-improvement/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ghost-rider-spirit-of-vengeance-trailer-is-an-improvement/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2011 20:02:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=225152 Much better than the first attempt.

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Here’s our first look at what Crank directors Mark Nevaldine and Brian Taylor cooked up for Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance. There’s no shortage of crazy here. However, there is a shortage of restraint. On the one hand, the action looks pretty cool in the over-the-top way that you’d expect, but then you’re treated to seeing Ghost Rider eat and regurgitate bullets before peeing a stream of fire. I guess Nicolas Cage didn’t get that out of his system in Bad Lieutenant.

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Comic-Con 2011: Nic Cage’s Weird Ideas On ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2011-nic-cages-weird-ideas-on-ghost-rider-spirit-of-vengeance/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2011-nic-cages-weird-ideas-on-ghost-rider-spirit-of-vengeance/#comments Sat, 23 Jul 2011 00:37:48 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221651 Wouldn't you know it, Nic Cage is saying crazy stuff again.

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Ah, we can always count on Nicolas Cage to have really specific, definitive reasons for every movie he does and any character choice he makes. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is not a sequel, or a reboot. It’s just another Ghost Rider movie with the same star. That’s so Nic Cage!

Here are the highlights of what he said at the Comic-Con press conference for Spirit of Vengeance.

Ghost Rider could kill any other superhero:

“Because he has the penance stare and everyone’s done something wrong and he will just look at you over and over and Over and OVER. Like the internet.”

Ghost Rider vs. Drive Angry:

“Totally different. Drive Angry I was playing a living dead man. This is a living man who turns into a demon so it’s a totally different kind of energy. A living dead man has to be a little bit more dead, whereas a living man who turns into a ghost can still be very alive when he’s living.”

Nicolas Cage’s recent comic book purchases:

“I went back in time and looked at Batman Vs Predator. I just had to see who won that battle. It was kind of a tiebreaker but they usually are. I think Batman won. It was a bit of a stretch.”

The nightly grind of being a ghost rider:

“He’s really dealing with the fact that his head goes on fire, for years now. In the first movie he kept it at bay. He was more like an innocent goofball. In this movie there’s been a little fire tapdance on his head for a few years so I think it should change him a little bit.”

Nic’s big Ghost Rider movie:

“I was trying to find something really weird which would be like levitating in circles. We called it the compass together, to mess with how he would attack his enemies. I looked up in the dictionary, the word weird literally means to turn, to turn around.”

Nic Cage even makes throwing up cool:

“Going back to the compass, all the wirework was very stimulating but also very nauseating. I was going around in circles upside down and really trying not to throw up because it kept spinning and spinning. It’s one of my favorite things we all came up with together so I’m glad it’s there.”

Nic Cage’s weird relationship with high school principals:

“When I did the first one, I wanted it to be like a Grimm’s fairy tale, scary but still something that children could enjoy like that first trip to the principal’s office where you made a mistake and you’re in trouble but don’t give up. You can still rise above and do something good with the experience. With Mark [Neveldine] and Brian [Taylor], this will go into the wonderful bliss of the nightmare imagination.”

 

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Ghost Rider Will Battle Very Handsome Enemy In ‘Spirit Of Vengeance’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ghost-rider-will-contend-with-a-very-handsome-enemy-in-spirit-of-vengeance/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ghost-rider-will-contend-with-a-very-handsome-enemy-in-spirit-of-vengeance/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 22:36:41 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202004 The enemy of my antihero is my...*head explodes*

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In the upcoming sequel to Ghost Rider, the titular antihero has a new enemy in Blackout. Does that make the new enemy a hero? Not according to Johnny Whitworth, who recently disclosed that he will be playing the anti-antihero, lays down the backstory in an interview via Superhero Hype:

“I play the villain who, at the beginning, up until like page 70, is human. I’m not a very nice guy. I’m bad. I get turned into, for those who read ‘Ghost Rider’, the character Blackout. I get turned into him by the devil to complete my job. That gives me the fortitude to fight Ghost Rider and the supernatural abilities to compete on some level with that guy.”

Ghostrider: Spirit of Vengeance has been filming for some time now, so it’s a little surprising at how late this revelation is. It’s possible that people just assumed that Nicolas Cage would be his own enemy, since he acts like a schizophrenic in most situations, but, no. He will have an actual enemy.

Also, I’m unfamiliar with the comic, so feel free to scream at me, but picking a super-duper handsome white dude to play a character named Blackout doesn’t strike me as inspired casting. Hal Holbrook as Blackout? That would be inspired. And also insane.

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‘Ghost Rider 2′: Ghost Rider Goes To Turkey http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/ghost-rider-2-ghost-rider-goes-to-turkey/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/ghost-rider-2-ghost-rider-goes-to-turkey/#comments Tue, 25 Jan 2011 23:13:42 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=22286 Looks like Ghost Rider is getting a Turkish vacation in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

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Looks like Ghost Rider is getting a Turkish vacation in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Superhero Hype has got a handful of production stills that demonstrate, yes, they are in fact in Turkey. They’ve also got a burned bike, some dudes in robes, and a building built into the side of a mountain. What does it all mean? Who the hell knows. Sounds like Nic Cage is basing his movies off of his dreams again.

The star of these stills are definitely the surroundings and sets, so it’s difficult to glean information from the pics, but it appears from the image with Nic Cage in it that Ghost Rider will be doing battle with people possessed by mustaches. Evil mustaches? Maybe…

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Awesome Interview: Nicolas Cage http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/awesome-interview-nicolas-cage/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/awesome-interview-nicolas-cage/#comments Tue, 30 Nov 2010 23:14:55 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=9491 Nic Cage gets weird with us in discussing Season of the Witch, Drive Angry, wigs, dressing as a bear, and licking the audience. On second thought, pretty standard Cage stuff.

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Here’s an early Christmas present, for me at least. Nicolas Cage has Season of the Witch opening in January 7th, so the time to do press for it is now, before the media gets swamped with holiday stories. I got a phone call this morning with that distinct, smooth cadence on the other line. When I thanked him for calling, he replied, “You too, thank you for inviting me to the interview.”

My invitation was contingent on getting weird though, and Cage is always game for the weird. It’s time to get weird with the master of weird. In Season of the Witch, Cage plays Behman, a 14th century knight assigned to guard a suspected witch. Behman has the long hair that would make Cameron Poe in Con Air proud, and we can hope for some moments that would belong in the “Nicolas Cage Losing His Sh*t” YouTube mashup.

Screen Junkies: You once shared with me the Hunter S. Thompson quote: “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” How did you apply that to Season of the Witch?

Nicolas Cage: Well, in that case it’s probably weird in the true sense of the word, meaning W-Y-R-D, not W-E-I-R-D. The interesting thing about the word “weird” is it’s almost a holy word in that it was an ancient Celtic Druid way of life meaning literally to transform or to turn. That was the etymology of the word weird as we know it today because when you call somebody weird, it’s usually because they’re not acting like themselves or they’re turning into something else.

SJ: What’s been your favorite weird role to play?

NC: Yeah, there’s been a few now. It has been a while that I’ve been making movies now. I would have to say that in recent times, Bad Lieutenant was certainly a weird role, but weird more because he was contorted with chemicals both physically and mentally. I loved Peter Loew from Vampire’s Kiss. He was really weird because he went into the world of thinking he was a vampire.

SJ: I love Vampire’s Kiss too. What would Peter Loew think of the Twilight vampires?

NC: I don’t know. [Laughs] I don’t know how to answer that. I think Peter Loew’s interests were more Kafka-esque.

SJ: What’s a weird role you’ve seen someone else play that you would have liked to do?

NC: Well, I had a lot of admiration for Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance in Gangs of New York where he played The Butcher. I thought that was a weird role that was really well done.

SJ: Does the witchcraft of this movie have anything in common with the rituals in The Wicker Man?

NC: The Wicker Man was more of a kind of black comedy of sorts, dealing with Neil Labute’s exploration of the relationships between men and women. It was just more of an extreme absurdist comedy dealing with that as opposed to any real kind of witchcraft if you will.

SJ: Is that why you put on a bear suit and beat up women?

NC: [Laughs] Yeah, clearly you don’t wear a bear suit and do something that off the wall and not know it’s ridiculous.

SJ: I’ve been reading Outlawvern.com and he’s coined the phrase “mega acting” with regard to your work in films like Bad Lieutenant and Face/Off. The idea is it’s not overacting, because it’s intentionally extreme. Do you feel that’s accurate?

NC: Yeah, I think that makes sense. I often refer to it as outsid the box, as opposed to over the top. The two things mean the same thing on one hand but one sort of celebrates the idea of breaking free and going into other forms of expression, whether they’re abstract or extreme or as this friend of yours calls mega acting. The other sort of implies you’re not being truthful to the part, but see, I don’t know how you measure something like that because life can be extreme and life can be mega. I wouldn’t do that to somebody in another art form. Not to compare myself to someone like Francis Bacon but just as a point of explanation, I wouldn’t say, “Hey, you can’t paint a screaming pope like that because a screaming pope doesn’t look like that naturally.”

SJ: There’s also that YouTube clip of “Nicolas Cage Losing His Sh*t.” Are you happy that people are celebrating those moments?

NC: Oh yeah. That’s very exciting. I was happy to see that this person found it and was going back to some of the really early work like Zandalee and even the movie I made with my brother Deadfall. It was very exciting to see that be reawakened.

SJ: Yet you won the Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas, which was a more real, tragic performance.

NC: Yeah, but there were some pretty extreme outbursts in that movie too but I don’t think they made it in that piece.

SJ: I love the long hair for Behman. I actually grew mine out one year and went as Cameron Poe for Halloween. It makes me wonder, do you have a collection of awesome wigs you pick from for each role?

NC: It’s amazing because sometimes people think I’m wearing a wig when I’m not wearing a wig and then sometimes they think I’m not wearing a wig when I am wearing a wig. You’d have to go through it carefully to pick which one is which. For example, Drive Angry I’m not wearing a wig. Behman and Sorcerer’s Apprentice I was wearing a wig. Even in Deadfall, if you look at that sequence, I even put a nose attachment on so the nose went out and then up, when I’m saying, “Vive la France,” that dialogue I was improvising.

SJ: Do you ever keep it when the movie’s done, whether it’s a wig or a real look you’ve developed?

NC: No, I don’t. I don’t wear wigs in my own life or in public so I have no use for them. I did keep the look on Drive Angry because I had dyed my hair blonde and I didn’t have any time to dye it back before the next movie which was Trespass. Once I got back from my press tour for Sorcerer’s where I had the Drive Angry blonde hair, I went back to my normal color.

SJ: Have you seen the College Humor clip about your agent?

NC: No, that one I haven’t seen.

SJ: Would we laugh if we saw the real scripts that passed your desk?

NC: You know, the truth is I’m very selective about what I do. Even now, if you look at the characters I’m playing, I’m trying to cultivate a body of work that celebrates people like Christopher Lee or Vincent Price. I’m wanting to go into a kind of horror and supernatural world with the acting because it gives me something more abstract to do. I haven’t seen that particular site that you’re talking about but I don’t think you would laugh. The reality is you’ll see pretty much an eclectic mix of characters but I don’t think anything that extreme in terms of [comedy]. Well, I haven’t seen the site so I can’t really comment on it.

SJ: With Drive Angry, did 3D give you a new tool for your acting?

NC: Yeah, I wanted to find ways to go into the audience. I even tried to get my tongue into the audience but I don’t know if that made it into the movie. That would’ve been an extreme moment but I’m not sure that it’s still in there or not. Yeah, trying to find ways to dance with the 3D cameras so that I could get into the fourth row of the audience or more.

SJ: What kind of performance is Trespass?

NC: That’s going to be another character and definitely one that is not like myself. He’s a frustrated husband. I think you might even say he’s a confused person about his tastes in romance. He’s somebody that’s really up against a wall.

SJ: What are you looking forward to about playing Ghost Rider again?

NC: Well, I’m currently doing that as we speak. I just got back from Romania and I’m going back tomorrow night to keep working in Bucharest on that and I’m very excited about the possibilities that we’re coming up with on that movie.

So there you have it, folks. Nic Cage was trying to get his tongue into the audience. Simply amazing. Be sure to check Cage out in Season of the Witch January 7th, and see if you can tell if he’s wearing a wig or not.

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Idris Elba In Talks For ‘Ghost Rider 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/idris-elba-in-talks-for-ghost-rider-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/idris-elba-in-talks-for-ghost-rider-2/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Peace. Stringer Bell a.k.a. Idris Elba is in talks to join Nicolas Cage, Ciaran Hinds, and hottie Violante Placido in Ghost Rider 2. THR reports that Elba would play "an alcoholic warrior monk tasked with finding Ghost Rider." There are so many contradictions in that character description. Basically, Worst. Monk. Ever. Johnny Whitworth is also looking to jump into the Neveldine/Taylor-directed flaming skull flick. The "CSI: Miami" star would be "a criminal who is recruited by the devil to find the boy and is later turned into a demonic creature." What's with all the finding going on in this movie? I wonder how Neveldine and Taylor will make that interesting. Oh right, shoot the whole thing like it's an acid trip. This can't not turn out excellent.

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Peace.

Stringer Bell a.k.a. Idris Elba is in talks to join Nicolas Cage, Ciaran Hinds, and hottie Violante Placido in Ghost Rider 2. THR reports that Elba would play "an alcoholic warrior monk tasked with finding Ghost Rider." There are so many contradictions in that character description. Basically, Worst. Monk. Ever.

Johnny Whitworth is also looking to jump into the Neveldine/Taylor-directed flaming skull flick. The "CSI: Miami" star would be "a criminal who is recruited by the devil to find the boy and is later turned into a demonic creature." What’s with all the finding going on in this movie? I wonder how Neveldine and Taylor will make that interesting. Oh right, shoot the whole thing like it’s an acid trip. This can’t not turn out excellent.

 

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Ciaran Hinds and Violante Placido To Accept ‘Ghost Rider 2′ Paycheck http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ciaran-hinds-and-violante-placido-to-accept-ghost-rider-2-paycheck/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ciaran-hinds-and-violante-placido-to-accept-ghost-rider-2-paycheck/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Ciaran Hinds (aka Vinnie Jones Lite) and smooooking hot Italian actress Violante Placido have both been approached to take roles in Ghost Rider 2 and replied, "Yeah, sure. Why the heck not?" Hinds is onboard to play the Devil, and Placido will play the mother of a boy whose body the Devil wants to take over. Yikes. That's what this movie's about? At least Placido will be hanging around to help distract from the plot and dialogue. And Nicolas Cage's hairline. (Coming Soon)

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Ciaran Hinds (aka Vinnie Jones Lite) and smooooking hot Italian actress Violante Placido have both been approached to take roles in Ghost Rider 2 and replied, "Yeah, sure. Why the heck not?" Hinds is onboard to play the Devil, and Placido will play the mother of a boy whose body the Devil wants to take over.

Yikes. That’s what this movie’s about? At least Placido will be hanging around to help distract from the plot and dialogue. And Nicolas Cage‘s hairline. (Coming Soon)

 

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Nicolas Cage, Neveldine/Taylor On Board for ‘Ghost Rider 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nicolas-cage-neveldine/taylor-on-board-for-ghost-rider-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nicolas-cage-neveldine/taylor-on-board-for-ghost-rider-2/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 For those of you who have been praying for another Ghostbusters sequel, you obviously need to pray more clearly. Unfortunately, it seems god misunderstood your pleas, and has mistakenly provided you with another Ghost Rider sequel. This is assuming that Nicolas Cage is telling the truth, and not simply tripping balls on shrooms he took with his cat. On tonight’s episode of "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson", Cage revealed he had just signed the deal to return to star in Ghost Rider 2.  The actor also confirmed that Neveldine/Taylor (Crank) will direct. I’ve been told to be more positive when I write, so here goes nothing. Considering the original Ghost Rider has a 25% favorable rating at Rotten Tomatoes, the sequel has nowhere to go but up. That wasn’t so hard! (Collider)

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For those of you who have been praying for another Ghostbusters sequel, you obviously need to pray more clearly. Unfortunately, it seems god misunderstood your pleas, and has mistakenly provided you with another Ghost Rider sequel. This is assuming that Nicolas Cage is telling the truth, and not simply tripping balls on shrooms he took with his cat.

On tonight’s episode of "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson", Cage revealed he had just signed the deal to return to star in Ghost Rider 2.  The actor also confirmed that Neveldine/Taylor (Crank) will direct.

I’ve been told to be more positive when I write, so here goes nothing.

Considering the original Ghost Rider has a 25% favorable rating at Rotten Tomatoes, the sequel has nowhere to go but up.

That wasn’t so hard! (Collider)

 

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‘Crank’ Duo Wants to Direct (Amp Up!) ‘Ghost Rider’ Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/crank-duo-wants-to-direct-amp-up-ghost-rider-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/crank-duo-wants-to-direct-amp-up-ghost-rider-sequel/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 "Is that boy's head on fire?"Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the two directors behind the tweeked-out Crank films, are negotiating to stab their hypodermic needle of creativity into the heart of the Ghost Rider sequel, entitled Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance. Nic Cage will return as Johnny Blaze, the stuntman with a serious dry scalp problem.The film needs to go into production before November or Columbia loses the rights, so who better to take a chokehold on the project than the guys who directed two movies where speed is a major component. I can't imagine the sequel to Ghost Rider could turn out any worse than the original. Neveldine and Taylor are basically getting permission to play with fire, and I fear not even the craft services table would be safe from their wrath. When Neveldine spots crafty serving up bananas foster across the stage, you know he's gonna want to bathe in those flames. (THR)

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"Is that boy’s head on fire?"

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the two directors behind the tweeked-out Crank films, are negotiating to stab their hypodermic needle of creativity into the heart of the Ghost Rider sequel, entitled Ghost Rider The Spirit of Vengeance. Nic Cage will return as Johnny Blaze, the stuntman with a serious dry scalp problem.

The film needs to go into production before November or Columbia loses the rights, so who better to take a chokehold on the project than the guys who directed two movies where speed is a major component. I can’t imagine the sequel to Ghost Rider could turn out any worse than the original. Neveldine and Taylor are basically getting permission to play with fire, and I fear not even the craft services table would be safe from their wrath. When Neveldine spots crafty serving up bananas foster across the stage, you know he’s gonna want to bathe in those flames. (THR)

 

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Nicolas Cage Could Be Too Busy for ‘Ghost Rider 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nicolas-cage-could-be-too-busy-for-ghost-rider-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nicolas-cage-could-be-too-busy-for-ghost-rider-2/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 "Doggarnit. People like me."It appears that Nicolas Cage's crappy sequel plate is full. It looks like the cash-strapped actor may be forced to choose between roles.  From Vulture:Insiders confirm to Vulture that Columbia is facing a ticking clock on the rights to the BBQ-skulled Marvel Comics character: Legally, if the studio isn't in production on a sequel by November 14, 2010, the franchise automatically reverts to Marvel — which means the comic company's new owner, Disney. Insiders tell us that Columbia is asking Marvel for an extension. (Asking, pleading, it's a fine line.) But time is running out. Cage has spoken about his desire to make a second Ghost Rider; the issue is whether his schedule will be free before the deadline. Disney is also hoping to get him for a third National Treasure with Jerry Bruckheimer, which could be shooting as early as this fall and would presumably earn the star a hefty paycheck. And considering Cage's well-documented money troubles, that cash may trump his deep love of comic books.A Ghost Rider without Nicolas Cage wouldn't feel like a Ghost Rider film at all. That would be like The Punisher without Thomas Jane, or The Hulk without Eric Bana, or Iron Man without Terrence Howard. I can't even imagine a world where such travesties would be allowed.

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"Doggarnit. People like me."

It appears that Nicolas Cage’s crappy sequel plate is full. It looks like the cash-strapped actor may be forced to choose between roles.  From Vulture:

Insiders confirm to Vulture that Columbia is facing a ticking clock on the rights to the BBQ-skulled Marvel Comics character: Legally, if the studio isn’t in production on a sequel by November 14, 2010, the franchise automatically reverts to Marvel — which means the comic company’s new owner, Disney.
Insiders tell us that Columbia is asking Marvel for an extension. (Asking, pleading, it’s a fine line.) But time is running out. Cage has spoken about his desire to make a second Ghost Rider; the issue is whether his schedule will be free before the deadline. Disney is also hoping to get him for a third National Treasure with Jerry Bruckheimer, which could be shooting as early as this fall and would presumably earn the star a hefty paycheck. And considering Cage’s well-documented money troubles, that cash may trump his deep love of comic books.

A Ghost Rider without Nicolas Cage wouldn’t feel like a Ghost Rider film at all. That would be like The Punisher without Thomas Jane, or The Hulk without Eric Bana, or Iron Man without Terrence Howard. I can’t even imagine a world where such travesties would be allowed.

 

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