Veteran actor Nicolas Cage recently announced that his days of appearing in front of the camera are numbered.

Cage made the revelation while speaking with the media in Puerto Rico about his new film Primal, adding that he plans on switching to a full-time role as director.

“Directing is something I look forward to down the road,” he said. “Right now, I’m primarily a film performer and I’m gonna continue doing that for three or four more years and I’d like to focus more on directing.”

Cage was born Nicolas Coppola and is the nephew of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola. Born in 1964 in Long Beach, his first notable roles on film came with a cameo in 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High and a leading role in the 1986 film Peggy Sue Got Married. The 54-year-old actor’s career really took off after he landed the lead as a good-hearted, buffoonish criminal in 1987’s Raising Arizona.

Several roles later, Cage earned an Oscar, Golden Globe, and SAG for his portrayal of a suicidal alcoholic in the 1995 film Leaving Las Vegas. In all, Cage has played nearly 100 roles and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998.