Movie star Nicolas Cage traveled to Carson City earlier this month to urge state lawmakers to pass a movie tax incentive bill, promising to use his connections in the industry to help spark a filmmaking boom in Nevada.
“My name is Nicolas Cage, and I’m an American filmmaker,”
“I have four scripts that could easily be shot in Nevada,” said Cage, who described himself as a Nevada resident, adding he’d like to wake up at home, go to work shooting a film and return home at the end of the day.
“I know investors around the world. I could give you names. Give me six months and I’ll give you a list of names of folks who would love to come to Nevada to make a movie,” he said.
“I’m trying to make an investment in the culture of our state and it’s not just a financial thing; I’m trying to make an investment in the perception of Nevada. I’m someone who travels the world quite often. I’m at work in different parts of the world. I’ve met many people around the world, and I want them to go to the movies and see how beautiful our state is, because it actually works.”
“People see a movie and want to go to the place it was shot. That happened with the Lord of the Rings. Everyone went to New Zealand after that movie.” said Cage
Sen. Aaron Ford, D-Las Vegas, said this was a way to create a new industry in Nevada. He said 45 other states have these tax breaks and Nevada can learn from their experience.
Ford, who sponsored the bill, said it provides $20 million in tax credits for those who spend 60 percent of production costs — which must be at least $500,000 — in Nevada.