Researching prisons is a bit too real for Nicolas Cage and the Con Air crew

In a flashback to the film’s 25th anniversary on online empire, Rosenberg shared an interesting anecdote about how convicts failed to recognize the now unmistakable Cage. Apparently they walked out onto the prison yard at Folsom Prison (yes, the same song Johnny Cash sang), where they encountered about 2,000 inmates going about their business. “Slowly they started to recognize Nic, Rosenberg recalls,” and increasingly larger groups began to gather and ask questions. And a guy came up to Nic and said, ‘God, that’s really you!’ Nic said, ‘Yeah, it’s me.’ And the guy said, ‘Yeah! It’s you! Jerry Seinfeld! ‘”

While I’ll never know how someone mixed Nic Cage and Jerry Seinfeld, unless they’re joking, it turns out that waiving the hostages is a good idea. The waiver freed the prison from any liability if something like a riot happened and one of the Hollywood crew was injured or worse. While being called by a wrong name only jeopardizes a man’s ego, something more dangerous happened on the field. As more convicts began to gather Cage, there was a stabbing on the other side of the yard. The filmmakers were quickly escorted out, but the experience was terrifying enough to make them all nervous.

Putting a lead actor in the middle of a prison yard is tough, but it’s all part of making “Con Air” the action classic it has become. Just be thankful that things aren’t as bad as in the movies. Researching prisons is a bit too real for Nicolas Cage and the Con Air crew

Fry Electronics Team

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