Nicolas Cage is preparing to retire from acting

The actor is eyeing a move behind the camera in the near future

Nicolas Cage has revealed he is planning to retire from acting in the near future.

The actor made his on-screen debut under his real name Nicolas Coppola in the 1981 TV movie Best Of Times, before gaining a bit part in Fast Times At Ridgemont High a year later. He has since starred in over 70 movies, including Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Leaving Las Vegas, and Gone In 60 Seconds.

Speaking to The Blast, Cage said: “Right now, I’m primarily a film performer and I’m gonna continue doing that for three or four more years, and I’d like to focus more on directing.”

According to IMDB, the star currently has seven projects at various stages of production at present. They include bank heist movie #211, an action thriller titled Between Worlds, and The Croods 2, in which he voices caveman Grug.

Earlier this month, Cage revealed that he wasn’t a fan of the Ghost Rider movies. He starred in the 2007 original and its 2012 sequel as vigilante Johnny Blaze.

Ghost Rider was a movie that always should’ve been an R-rated movie,” he said. “David Goyer had a brilliant script which I wanted to do with David, and for whatever reason they just didn’t let us make the movie. Ghost Rider was designed to be a scary superhero with an R-rating and edge, and they just didn’t have it worked out back then.”