By Jill Colvin
MIDTOWN — The mayor waved his magic wand this afternoon and deemed Tuesday "Sorcerer's Apprentice Day" in New York City.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the proclamation as he welcomed Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and the rest of the cast of Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" to the film's world premier in Times Square Tuesday.
Cheering fans lined the streets and photographers' bulbs flashed as the cast walked the red carpet, joined by the one and only Mickey Mouse.
Cage, who has recently traded award-winning action roles for kid-centered flicks, told DNAinfo that acting with younger stars keeps him feeling youthful.
"For me, I feel working with actors from these generations just keeps me relevant to my times," he said. "It's only going to keep my on my toes."
He said that as he's gotten older, his career goals have also changed.
"I'm trying to keep kids smiling. I'm taking my place by making this place a happier place. You can't do that with guns," he said.
Bloomberg, meanwhile, tried to keep things short and sweet as he stood with the film's stars.
"I'm glad there's sorcerers here in the city now because we can use them around budget time," Bloomberg joked, earning a rare smile from a usually somber looking Cage.
The Mayor also took the chance to applaud Disney for choosing the city as the Sorcerer's setting.
"This is really great advertising for New York," he said.
Bruckheimer, who has teamed with Cage on numerous films, including Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds and the National Treasure franchise, echoed the New York love.
"This is one of the most exciting cities in the world. Would wouldn’t want to be in New York?"
But the city also had a run-in with it's chillier reputation — despite the scorching temperatures.
"Be nice, be nice," Director Jon Turteltaub urged trigger-happy paparazzi after they berated Mickey Mouse for not turning in their direction fast enough.