Cage had dreamed of a bright and dreamy city, teeming with people. "We're from Europe and what we see of the U.S. is what we see in the movies. It's shiny and full of nice-looking guys and girls," he says.
But to his astonishment, "there were barbed wires in the middle of the street and people protecting themselves," he says during an interview. "Abandoned factories and railways and bridges that lead nowhere." At one point, he say, he exited his car to take a better look down a vacant street only to have a man approach "menacingly."