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'This scary guy really is a hero'

"I think Ghost Rider is one of the most unique mythologies in the comic book universe," says Nicolas Cage, who brings the classic Marvel comic book character to life in Columbia Pictures' Ghost Rider. As the Devil's bounty hunter, the Ghost Rider's supernatural thrills are a perfect match for Cage's intense and engaging persona.

"He's a complicated character who makes a decision to sell his soul to the Devil, but he does it out of love, not out of greed or personal ambition. To me, that is really rich material to play with. This scary looking guy really is a hero."

For director Mark Steven Johnson, who previously adapted Marvel's Daredevil, bringing Ghost Rider to the big screen was the culmination of a lifelong love of the character. "I've been a huge comic-book fan from the time I was in third grade," says Johnson. "I got comics every week: Daredevil, Spider-Man, X-Men, all of them. Ghost Rider was one of the most visually interesting, and, in my opinion, the coolest character."

With such visually striking source material, Johnson was determined to make a creative and stylised film that did it justice. The result is a film that captures the arresting images of the comic book while reinforcing the moral choice forced upon the character. "The look of Ghost Rider was so amazing -- it makes him one of the most memorable characters in the Marvel universe and can't be improved upon," he says. "It was our job to bring it to life."

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