I did wonder, as I got a lot more of a sense of you in the performance as the Rider, especially in the way you moved your body and head, what inspired those distinct movements?
It’s all something that I developed and thought about, even to the point of walking on the set, y’know, so as not to feel ridiculous, but to really believe I was this ghost, this spirit of vengeance, painting my face with a kind of Afro-Caribbean voodoo icon, or a new Orleans voodoo icon. I had white paint and black paint and black contact lenses on my eyes and I sewed bits of ancient Egyptian artefacts into my leather jacket and would channel this spirit of vengeance and really believe I was that. And the fear that, because I wouldn’t talk to anybody, the fear that I would see in the other actors eyes only helped me believe it even more.
-Nicolas Cage, denofgeek.com interview