By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

We remained friends. I was prepping Leaving Las Vegas and Nic Cage was dead-set on doing the film drunk. I asked Albert’s advice over lunch, as his performance in John Huston’s Under the Volcano is definitive. “To play drunk, never overact. A drunk puts a glass down with such care and delicacy, the movements become mannered, not exaggerated. If you want the sense of alcohol, keep a small glass of scotch on hand and before each take dip your finger in it and wet your lips.’” I passed the advice on to Nic verbatim. Some of it stuck.”

We remained friends. I was prepping Leaving Las Vegas and Nic Cage was dead-set on doing the film drunk. I asked Albert’s advice over lunch, as his performance in John Huston’s Under the Volcano is definitive. “To play drunk, never overact. A drunk puts a glass down with such care and delicacy, the movements become mannered, not exaggerated. If you want the sense of alcohol, keep a small glass of scotch on hand and before each take dip your finger in it and wet your lips.’” I passed the advice on to Nic verbatim. Some of it stuck.”

 

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