It may seem like every day that Nicolas Cage releases a new movie, but it's far less frequent that critics and reporters get to talk to him about them. His latest is The Sorcerer's Apprentice, in which he plays an age-old caster of spells who stumbles across a protégé, played by Jay Baruchel, who can possibly carry his wand (and we mean that literally). What's interesting about Cage is the way in which he really constructs his character, a kind of method beneath the seeming madness, and in the film, which is directed by his National Treasure helmer (and longtime friend) Jon Turtletaub, the actor turns in a predictably, uh, unpredictable, but always watchable performance as Balthazar.

Cinematical spoke to the cast and crew at The Sorcerer's Apprentice Los Angeles press day, where Cage, Baruchel, and Turtletaub described their experiences making the film. But rather than simply providing a prosaic rundown of all of their comments, we've picked a few choice quotes that reveal the most important and interesting facets about the movie.