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DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 25: Nicolas Cage attends the German Sustainability Award 2016 (Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis) at Maritim Hotel on November 25, 2016 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)

It’s almost as if Nicolas Cage agreed to do this interview with the New York Times for the sole purpose of explaining the full story behind his outrageous karaoke video that made the rounds last year.

If you have not seen it, the :49 second fan footage features the actor angry-singing “Purple Rain.” Like the pro that he is, Nic turned the very first question he was asked into platform to chastise fans for taking advantage of him:

Directly from the NYT Magazine:

With any movie star, there’s the actor, and then there’s the persona. Earlier in your career, you had an obvious interest in cultivating the latter. Do you still? I once had brunch with Warren Beatty, and I said, “Do you have any idea how lucky you are that you were Warren Beatty in the ’70s, before everyone had a cellphone with a video camera?” He just smiled. It’s so true. You go to a karaoke bar with a male friend in the neighborhood, the bar says “no videotaping” and suddenly, there’s two different videos of you doing karaoke. Who did that? Who exposed the videotape? Who sold it?

You’re talking about the clips that went around of you singing “Purple Rain.” Yeah. It was around the anniversary of Prince’s passing. Everyone knows how much I admire him as an artist. But honestly, I wasn’t even doing that to sing. It was more like primal-scream therapy. It was a holiday weekend, and I didn’t want to go anywhere, but my friend who was with me said: “You can’t sit here in your apartment. You’ve got to go out.” So I went to the one place in my neighborhood that I knew had no video recording, just to have some fun, and that became everybody’s business.

Okay, if the bartender made an announcement asking people not to take film, then we can understand his frustration about being exploited during a sensitive moment. But the world is better place with this video in it:

Nicolas Cage Back for More Karaoke, Trying to Make 'Purple Rain' His Anthem | TMZ

We got this new vid of him pouring it all out on stage at what's clearly his favorite joint in L.A.'s Koreatown, and this time around it's way more over-the-top, angry and demonstrative than the first clip we got earlier this week.

Read the rest of the article on NewYorkTimes.com