Nicolas Cage gave an interview to a Canadian website in which he reveals that he did some method acting for his latest role in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. To better become “sorcerer and computer simulation expert” Balthazar Blake, Cage stayed in Nikola Tesla’s room at the New Yorker Hotel.
Tesla spent his later years in the hotel, and died there. Apparently his mythology plays into the film in some capacity, and Cage was all to eager for a chance to stay at the hotel, which is now owned by Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church church and has no affiliation with the magazine.
“One of the more interesting things was that we wrapped the film on his birthday,” he says. “I also found out, coincidentally, that the day he died was the same day I was born. I went to stay in his room at the New Yorker Hotel to try to see if I could call up the spirits, figuratively speaking, and see what came to me. Something hit the window, and I think it might have been a pigeon. I read a little about him and found out [that Tesla thought] they were his friends, and he cared about them. I decided to find a way to get a pigeon in the film and to fix his leg.”
Sure enough, the article says, a pigeon’s leg is fixed in the film. You still probably shouldn’t see it, though.