Nicolas Cage Likes to Keep His Kids Close By

03/15/2009 at 08:00 AM ET
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While the shock and awe of a movie set is still enough to endlessly entertain a toddler, the thrill of life on location is long gone for teenagers, says actor Nicolas Cage. With his new movie Knowing in theaters the end of this month, the 45-year-old father of two reveals that the large age gap between his boys — 15 years — called for a unique take on tagging along with their dad during his filming schedule. “It’s interesting for awhile,” Nicolas tells OK!. “One’s 18, the other’s 3 ½, so it’s a new experience for one, and not such a new experience for the other.”

Although the actor’s older son Weston Coppola may find the routine on set to be old hat, Nicolas admits that having his family close by is a priority. “It’s more enjoyable for me to have my family with me when I’m working,” he says. “I never like to be too far away from my family.” In fact, according to the proud papa, his inspiration for his countless Hollywood film roles boils down to three people: wife Alice Kim, Weston, 18, and Kal-El, 3.

“If I’m able to do the work I do, it’s because of them.”

Kal-El is Nicolas’ son with Kim, while Weston is Nicolas’ son with Christina Fulton.

Knowing is in theaters March 20th.

Source: OK!

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