Nicolas Cage is doing the absolute most to promote Longlegs, his serial killer thriller set in the 90s in which he plays Hannibal Lecter Longlegs and Maika Monroe plays FBI Agent Clarice Starling Lee Harker. (It doesn’t seem like the same story, in reality, but you know. It FEELS like someone was like, “Let’s find Nic Cage his Silence of the Lambs.”) Here’s what he said about why you won’t see him in the trailer:

“It’s the equivalent of putting a warning label on a jar of nitroglycerin,” Cage said of keeping his character under wraps. “The monster is a highly, highly dangerous substance. The way it’s moved, unveiled, deployed has to be treated very carefully.”

He added, “Forget about the movie theater blowing up; the whole city could blow up, nay the country, maybe even the world. [My character] is going to change your reality. Your doors of perception are going to open, and your life is not going to be the same.”

NAY, THE WHOLE COUNTRY. I mean, if you were on the fence, I hope this pushes you over it, just to see if your doors of perception DO swing open. Or even swing back and hit you in the face, like those saloon doors everyone put in their houses in the 70s.

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