Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage appears in the movie The Frozen Ground, which is based on true events, with Nicolas representing the Alaska State Troopers. Nicolas has opened up about how he prepared for the role, admitting that there was one man in particular that he took great inspiration from.
Cage told Collider, "Yes. I was primarily just drawing my inspiration from Glenn Flothe. I spent about three hours with him on the telephone interviewing him. I did not take the job lightly. I view the man as a hero, a real one. It was important to me to make him look good and I told him that. It was not only to make him look good, but also make the Alaska State Troopers look good. And by good, I mean to treat it responsibly and not do anything…no showing off, no self-aggrandizement, just tell the facts the way they are and demonstrate the good that he did and the actions that he did."
He added, "I remember I asked him once, 'Did the things that Hansen did to these women get into your head at all? Did that get in the way of your job performance? Did it make it harder for you to sleep?' And the first thing he said was, 'No. It didn’t get in my head.' The way he said it was so direct that I had no doubt that he was as scary as Hansen was, but on the side of justice, and that he was not going to stop, that we was vigilant, and he was going to get him behind bars."
As well as starring Nicolas Cage, The Frozen Ground also stars John Cusack and Vanessa Hudgens. The Frozen Ground is written and directed by Scott Walker and was released in the UK last month, while it will hit the big screen in the US on August 23.