Hollywood royalty, Nicolas Cage, announced he has been thinking about taking it easy and cutting back on movies.

Star of Captain Corelli's Mandolin and City of Angels, Cage said: "I'm thinking about taking more time in between movies."

He added: "I feel I've made a lot of movies already and I want to start exploring other opportunities that I can apply myself to, whether it's writing or other interests that I may develop."

Cage, 42, was speaking at the third annual Bahamas International Film Festival where he received the Chopard Award for career achievement.

The actor currently lives in the country's Paradise Island and hopes that some spare time can be spent developing an independent film industry in the island state.

Cage is from the legendary Coppola film family and is the nephew of The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola, but changed his name in order to carve his own path in Hollywood.

He has been in three films this year, including the World Trade Center and remake of the 1973 movie, The Wicker Man.

11/12/2006 08:16:14