Nicolas Cage Compares Jay Baruchel To Bogart and Nicholson

Actor Jay Baruchel is gaining new fans with his recent hits - How To Train Your Dragon and She's Out of My League including veteran actor Nicolas Cage. Nicolas Cage stars in THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE as a sorcerer training his new apprentice played by Jay Baruchel but in real life, the young actor needed no coaching from the Oscar winner. 

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Jay Baruchel began his career with Judd Apatow's tv series Undeclared and in numerous television guest appearances on Numb3rs, Just Legal and The Rules of Attraction before he moved to the big screen in a small role for Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby (2004).  It was his role in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up starring Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl that finally got the young actor attention.  2010 proved to be Jay's year as he transitioned into leading man status with three major Hollywood movies including the break out hit How To Train Your Dragon which he voiced the lead role of Hiccup.   

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Nicholas Cage, a fan of Jay's performance in How To Train Your Dragon, praised his young co-star's ability to improvise and "jazz style" acting during a recent press event in Beverly Hills. "He, in my opinion, subscribes to jazz style acting.  He's not afraid to go off the page, improvise and throw something at you.  I can riff with him and some accidents happen where you get to a more real truth."

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Nicolas Cage also compared the 28 year-old Canadian actor's distinctive voice to Cage's acting heroes.  "I've always believed that the greatest actors are the ones with the voices that are imitable.  My heroes are like Bogart, Eastwood, Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson.  Well Jay's got a voice. That's hard to have." 

Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel in The Scorerer's Apprentice

The Leaving Las Vegas star knows a thing or two about "imitable" voices since Nicolas Cage's own unique voice made him a break out star in memorable roles in Valley Girl, Moonstruck, and Joel and Ethan Coen's Raising Arizona.

Jay Baruchel in turn was flattered by Cage's comments and in awe of working with one of his childhood idols.  

"When you work with somebody who's close to hero status for you... it'll either make you wilt in the presence of greatness and you lose it all or I better bring my A game." 

Jay not only played an apprentice to Nicolas' sorcerer character but he took on the role of student when the cameras weren't rolling. 

"I got to show up on set everyday and have conversations with this guy who I've watched since I was a little kid.   I didn't want to blow it.  It just made me want to work as hard as I possibly could to be as good as he is."

 Nicolas Cage further added that Jay Baruchel's talent will take him far.  "He's going to be around forever."  If Jay is taking cues from his co-star in terms of navigating through Hollywood, then Nicolas Cage's prediction may be right.

THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE is in theaters July 14.


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