Nicolas Cage almost joined Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

That’s right - Nicolas Cage was almost in ‘American Gods’.

During an interview with The L.A. Times, the 52-year-old actor revealed that he was given the chance to star in ‘American Gods’… but ultimately turned it down.

“I’ve been invited many times to go on a show, one of which was on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods to play Mr. Wednesday, which was a great part, beautifully written,” he revealed. “And I said no. And William Friedkin, we’ve been talking about doing different things.”

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‘American Gods’ follows the mysterious Shadow Moon, a man serving three years in prison for assault. Given an unexpected early release after his beloved wife Laura is killed in a car accident, he flies home to find his old life is gone… and with an offer of employment from a man called Mr Wednesday, he soon finds himself sucked into a confrontation between the old and new gods.

The role of Mr Wednesday eventually went to Ian McShane.

“It probably would be good for me globally as a career move to do television, and never say never — I probably will one day,” explained Cage. “But the idea of being stuck in one city for months on end playing a part — while that might be interesting, I could see where I might start to feel trapped.”

“I’m just still a little bit of a snob,” he added. “I mean, I’m holding on. Again, I’m never going to say never but I’m, like, kicking and screaming that I just want to stay in movies.”

‘American Gods’ heads to TV in 2017.

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