In a UK interview actor Nicolas Cage explained his portrayal of Balthazar the Sorcerer was based on his memories of his father, August Coppola. “In some ways, the movie is a real love song to teacher and student relationships,” said the 46-year-old. “My father was a teacher and he was the sorcerer in my life.” Cage’s father passed away last year.
DailyRecord: Actor Nic Cage reveals father was inspiration behind his magical Disney role
by Laughing Place Disney Newsdesk | Aug 4, 2010 3:21 PM Pacific Time