Movie star Nicolas Cage has taken aim at Hollywood's top executives in a new TV interview, accusing them of ignoring Asian talent.
The Con Air star sat down with Chinese state broadcaster CCTV to talk about his new movie Outcast, which is a joint U.S. and China production, and he used his airtime to praise the continent's top film stars, calling on Tinseltown's studio bosses to use them more in mainstream films.
Saluting the talents of his Outcast co-star Liu Yifei, Cage said, "I hope that we will see more Chinese actors in American cinema too. We do see Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi and Chow Yun Fat, but it’s very rare to see the Chinese male actor in Hollywood movies, which is something I take great umbrage with.
"My son is Asian. He may want to direct one day; he may want to be an actor like his father - and I want that to be open to him. So I want to make some kind of effort to see more of that happen in Hollywood."
The son Cage is referring to is his eight year old with wife Alice Kim, who is Korean-American.
Outcast marked Cage's first film experience in China, but he insisted it won't be his last: "I do want to come back, and I want to work with a Chinese director and Chinese actors. If there’s something that makes sense for a white guy like me, I’d like to do that here in China.
"I would like to make a movie with (Chinese actor) Tony Leung, but I don’t know how to do it."