Nicolas Cage might be the most entertaining actor in Hollywood. He has developed his own style of acting over his almost four decades on the big screen. No matter what role he steps into, he makes it his own. Today, Nic Cage turns fifty-seven. In celebration of the star’s birthday, we’ll take a look back at some of the best moments of his career and delve into some trivia.
Nicolas Cage has saved the world, stolen the Declaration of Independence, and will soon step into the boots of the infamous Tiger King. He can easily play the hero as well as the villain, and sometimes he blurs the line between the two. No matter what the role is or who is directing, his style shines through. From blockbusters to box office bombs, Cage always delivers.
Some of Nicolas Cage’s Most Entertaining Roles
It isn’t unusual for Nicolas Cage to be the best part of a film. Sometimes, he is the only redeeming quality a movie has. We’re going to take a look back at Cage’s career and highlight some of his most entertaining roles. Not all of the movies here are hits, but they are all a fun watch because of their star.
Con Air (1997)
While “Con Air” got mixed reviews, it was a box office smash. The one thing that fans and critics could agree on was that Nicolas Cage and other members of the star-studded cast turned in great performances.
In the film, Cage plays Cameron Poe, an Army Ranger. After being honorably discharged, Poe goes home to his pregnant wife. While out celebrating his return, the couple is accosted by a trio of drunks. In the ensuing scuffle, Poe accidentally kills one of the men. This leads to a ten-year prison sentence. During his time in prison, Poe stays in contact with his wife and, later, his daughter. When Poe makes parole, he must fly home on a prison transport plane full of some of the worst criminals in the country. The plane is highjacked and Poe has to fight to make it home to his family.
As far as 90s action movies go, “Con Air” is top-notch. From Cage’s obviously fake southern accent to incredible lines like “Put the bunny back in the box,” Nicolas Cage steals every scene that he’s in.
Vampire’s Kiss (1989)
“Vampire’s Kiss” is one of those movies that bombed at the box office but is a must-see for fans of Cage’s over-the-top performance style. In this film, Cage is allowed to go completely off the rails and it is a glorious thing to behold.
Nicolas Cage plays Peter Loew, a literary agent who is slowly losing his mind. In the beginning, the character is the typical 80s-movie executive type. He works long hours during the day, club hops all night, and has a series of one night stands. A series of events leads Loew to believe that he is transforming into a vampire. What follows is one of the most insane Cage performances ever committed to film.
There’s a good chance that you’ve seen part of Nicolas Cage’s performance from this film. in recent years, his facial expression in one particular scene has been used as a reaction GIF. This movie is the origin of the “You don’t say” meme.
Color Out of Space (2019)
Many film fans know Nicolas Cage for his roles in action films. However, he has been starring in some solid horror films in recent years. 2019’s “Color Out of Space” sees Cage stepping into the role of Nathan Gardner in an adaptation of a classic H.P. Lovecraft story.
In the film, Gardner moves his family to his father’s farm for a change of pace. During their stay, a meteor crashes into their yard. It glows a strange color and infects the land around it with strange plant growth and alien insects. At the same time, the family suffers psychologically because of the meteor and its otherworldly light.
Not only is this a great cosmic horror film but it also showcases Nic Cage’s range. He starts as a concerned and loving father and slowly slips into madness over time. His performance here goes from understated to over-the-top but never fails to get a reaction. If you enjoy the spookier side of cinema and Nicolas Cage at his wildest, this is one you need to see.
Nicolas Cage Trivia
Cage isn’t even his real last name. In fact, his last name is Coppola. He is the nephew of famed director Francis Ford Coppola. His uncle directed such classic films as “The Godfather” and “Patton.” Nicolas Cage changed his name so that he could avoid accusations of nepotism. His chosen surname was inspired by Marvel superhero Luke Cage.
He was actually credited as Nicolas Coppola in his first two film roles. Both “The Best of Times” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” contain his original surname in the credits.
Nicolas Cage started acting because he wanted to be James Dean. He told The Independent, “I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean. I saw him in Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden. Nothing affected me – no rock song, no classical music – the way Dean affected me in Eden. It blew my mind.”
Nicolas Cage is a huge comic book fan. Not only did he take his stage name from a Marvel character, but he also named one of his sons for one of the most popular superheroes of all time: Superman. The boy is now 14 and his name, Kal-El, was Superman’s birth name before coming to earth.
Current and Future Nicolas Cage Projects
Nicolas Cage shows no sign of slowing down in the near future. A quick look at his IMDb page shows that he has several projects in various stages of production. The projects themselves highlight the actor’s range. There is a horror film, a comedy, a drama, and an upcoming TV miniseries in which Cage will star as the Tiger King himself, Joe Exotic.
Currently, you can see Nicolas Cage’s latest project “The History of Swear Words” on Netflix. It is a documentary series hosted by Cage and featuring other actors and comedians as well as language experts. Each episode delves into the history of a single swear word including its origin, how it became offensive, and its cultural impact.
Whether you love him for his action films, horror flicks, or overall entertaining performances, we can all agree that Nicolas Cage is a national treasure.