Nicolas Cage Advises Single Fathers: 'Don't Give Up'

03/11/2009 at 01:00 PM ET
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The triumphs and tribulations of single mothers are well-documented, but the same cannot always be said for single fathers. That’s why actor Nicolas Cage says making his new film Knowing — in which he portrays a single father — was so poignant; It’s also why he’s dedicated his performance to his real-life son Weston Coppola Cage, 18. “Our relationship was like the one I have as a single dad with the young actor, Chandler Canterbury, who plays my boy in the film,” Nicolas reveals to Parade. “Some of the lines in our scenes came out of direct memories of my times with Weston.”

The memories aren’t always happy — Nicolas acknowledges that “there were some challenges” along the way — but both father and son are now better for it. He adds,

“Just because you’re a man doesn’t mean you can’t raise your kid. I learned that if you are a single father don’t give up no matter what they say.”

In Knowing, Nicolas discovers a message in a time capsule that appears to predict the future. While the 45-year-old Academy Award-winning actor says he “likes surprises,” he still feels that some things would be good to know in advance. “I’d want to know, when it came to my children, if there was a way I could prevent something from hurting them,” he explains. “I don’t think there’s anything that would surpass my parental survival instincts.”

Weston is Nicolas’ son with ex-partner Christina Fulton; He is also dad to Kal-El, 3, with wife Alice Kim.

Knowing hits theaters March 20th.

Source: Parade

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Althea on

He is so on point, single fathers don’t get enough credit. My dad became a single parent 20 yrs ago after my mom passed away when I was 5 & my little sister was 2. My dad has done an awesome job, doing everything from doing our hair to cooking our meals & helping us with our homework….Today we’re both college educated women staring our own families…Kudos to awesome single dads!

Kelly on

Althea you are so right about them not getting enough credit! My uncle has been raising my twin cousins from 5 months old (they’re 9 now) and he’s doing a damn good job too!

gigi on

I thought Nicolas Cage had a son with Patricia Arquette his ex-wife. Is this the son they are talking about in the above article?

Nicolas has no children with Patricia. She has a son from a previous relationship, plus daughter Harlow.

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Harley on

Amen! I have seen some fabulous single fathers and they definitely don’t get the same credit a single mother gets, let alone the same acknowledgement.

Me on

Agreed! My brother raised 3 daughters by himself. He’s a terrific father who dotes on his girls. Mom chose not to be in the picture.
I can remember my brother being very frustrated because he couldn’t find any resources for single fathers.

eternalcanadian on

single parents, whether men or women, do fabulous work.

they deserve as much, if not more, credit than two-parent families, especially when they do an excellent job and raise law-abiding and responsible citizens of society (i.e., not in jail or dealing guns or drugs or whatever).

nicolas’ words are deep. he’s got a lot of insight. kudos to him.

mp on

Admirable man. I know Christina has spoken highly of Nicolas as a co-parent, and he and Weston obviously have a deep bond. I love that he & Weston are doing the comic book thing together.

Parenthood is hard, and I’m glad Nicolas is willing to step up and say so. Hope this will inspire others.

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