Nicolas Cage (born Nicolas Coppola in 07.01.1964) is an American actor known for his roles in 'Leaving Las Vegas', 'Face/Off', 'Adaptation.' and 'Ghost Rider'.
Childhood: Nicolas Cage was born in Long Beach, California. His parents are literature professor August Floyd Coppola and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang but they divorced when he was twelve. His family is made up of several movie actors, directors and producers which is why he changed his surname, to avoid favouritism. He attended Beverly Hills High School as well as the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.
Acting Career: Nicolas Cage started out his acting career with minor roles including in 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' as well as making appearances in two of his uncle Francis Ford Coppola's films 'Rumble Fish' and 'Peggy Sue Got Married'. Making his big screen debut at the tender age of 18, Nicolas Coppola saw most of his work land on the cutting room floor. This taste of fame was just a stepping stone to bigger and better things. His first big movie in 1987 was 'Moonstruck' which landed him with a Golden Globe nomination. He had other smaller hits in the shape of Martin Scorsese's 'Bringing Out the Dead' in 1999 and Ridley Scott's 2003 'Matchstick Men' in 2003. His biggest movies include 'Leaving Las Vegas' in which he won an Academy Award for playing an alcoholic, 'Adaptation' in which he starred as Charlie Kaufman as well as 'Ghost Rider', 'National Treasure', 'The Rock' and 'Face/Off'. He garnered much success also from sci-fi end-of-the-world movie 'Knowing' in 2009. He had roles in 'Lord of War', 'The Weather Man' and 'The Wicker Man' which didn't fare too well among critics. In 2013, he is set to voice the character of Crug in animation movie 'The Croods'.
Other Career Ventures: Nicolas Cage made his directorial debut with the low-budget movie 'Sonny' which starred James Franco in 2002. He and his son Weston created a comic book together called 'Voodoo Child' which got published through Virgin Comics (now Liquid Comics).
Personal Life: Nicolas Cage has had relationships with Christina Fulton in 1988 with whom he had his first child, son Weston, in 1990; Patricia Arquette whom he was married to for six years from 1995 to 2001; Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley's daughter, with whom he was married for 3 months; and finally Alice Kim who he married in 2004 and now has a second son, Kal-El, with. He has owned several luxury properties including a home in Malibu, a Bahamas property and island, a Rhode Island manor and two castles. He was accused of not paying federal tax in 2009, failing to pay over $6.2 million in 2007 and $350,000 from 2002 to 2004. In response, the actor filed a $20 million lawsuit against his business manager Samuel Levin for not taking care of his tax bills correctly accusing him of negligence and fraud. Levin filed a counter-lawsuit insisting that he had previously urged Cage to curb his spending. In 2009, he was sued by former girlfriend Christina Fulton for $13 million and the house she is living in after she was asked to leave the property due to Cage's financial problems. In 2011, Cage was arrested for suspicion of domestic abuse battery, disturbing the peace and public intoxication in New Orleans when he reportedly grabbed his wife while drunk. A $11,000 bail was eventually posted by former bounty hunter Duane 'Dog' Chapman. Charges were later dropped.
In June 2013, a high-flying 29-year-old government employee named Edward Snowdon suddenly found himself the most wanted man in the world after leaking classified documents from the US government to the media. An intelligent young man, whose army career at just 20 led him to join the CIA and eventually become an NSA contractor where he was faced with what he deemed as seriously questionable ethics from his colleagues, and those above him. Disturbed by the lies spoken by those around him and with a direct concern for the welfare of the people, he sought justice. He knew what such a move would entail, and indeed he was accused of being a traitor when the government tried to suggest that his actions had a negative impact on their counterterrorism programmes, but he knew he couldn't watch the citizens of Earth be continually deceived.
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The clip of Cage as ‘Superman’ back in 1997 comes from documentary, ‘The Death of 'Superman Lives': What Happened?’
Back in the 1990s Batman director Tim Burton signed on to direct a new Superman movie penned by Mallrats writer and comic book enthusiast Kevin Smith and starring Nicolas Cage, but sadly the film never made it to the big screen. Now Superman Lives, the man of steel’s adventure which failed to take off, is once again being resurrected, this time in a doc exploring why the film never got off the ground.
Footage of Nicolas Cage testing a Superman suit is making waves online.
The Death of 'Superman Lives': What Happened? features interviews and unseen footage which explain the story of what the film was intended to be and why it never happened. But one piece of footage unearthed in the doc has already sent the internet into a frenzy, as it shows Nicolas Cage testing out a superman costume.
Colin Pryce is a Louisiana congressman who becomes a hero in the eyes of all US residents surrounding the Gulf of Mexico when he decides to take action to help those affected by a severe BP oil spill. Many citizens have had their livestock taken from them, with hundreds upon thousands of shrimp and fish killed in the area, and he seems to be the only one making any move to ease the devastating environmental and financial impact. With the help of his wife Deborah Pryce, he wins respect for his charismatic and inspiring speeches, but he almost destroys all that when human temptation gets in the way. A whirlwind affair becomes a nationwide scandal when he is seduced by a beautiful young woman, and it's all he and his family can do to lessen the blow for his disappointed followers by continuing his campaign to address those who still need his help.
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The film will tell the stranger-than-fiction tale of Gary Faulkner, who tried to single handedly take down Osama Bin Laden.
Russell Brand and Rainn Wilson have joined the cast of Nicolas Cage’s upcoming comedy Amy Of One, adding to a list which already includes Denis O’Hare, Ken Marino, Paul Scheer and Wendi McLendon-Covey. The film is said to have begun filming earlier this month and is due for release sometime next year.
Nicolas Cage will star in the comedy as Gary Faulkner.
The comedy is based around a stranger-than-fiction GQ article by Chris Heath on Colorado resident Gary Faulkner. In 2010 Faulkner decided he was going to be the one to take down Osama Bin Laden, armed only with a sword bought from a home shopping network and a pair of night-vision goggles.
Nicolas Cage saw something in Hayden Christensen's Star Wars performances that we didn't.
Most people hate the Star Wars prequels. The main reason most people hate the Star Wars prequels is the shoddy acting. More specifically, Hayden Christensen's acting. Sure, he and Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson and Ewan McGregor were working with some awful, awful scripts, but still, it was bad.
Hayden Christensen came in for heavy criticism for the Star Wars prequels
Still, Christensen's performance as Anakin Skywalker has at least one high profile fan, in Nicolas Cage. Doing press for his latest movie Outcast, the Hollywood actor singled out Christensen's work in the prequels for particular praise.
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Zooey Deschanel, Barbra Streisand, Nicolas Cage... when common names become unique.
Keira Knightley has always baffled the world with her first name's unique spelling, but as it turns out, rather than it being creative license on the part of her parents, it was a simple spelling mistake that less than impressed her father.
Keira Knightley has done well despite the difficult start her name had
In an interview with Elle magazine, the 29-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star explained that she was supposed to be named after the Russian figure skater Kiera Ivanova but her mother got the spelling wrong when she went to register the birth. Apparently, this didn't go down too well with Mr Knightley.
Nicolas Cage is teaming up with the Weinstein Company for a political satire.
Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in Army of One, a satirical comedy from Borat director Larry Charles about a regular guy who goes on a hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Interestingly, Harvey and Bob Weinstein have struck a pre-emptive deal for the North American rights.
Nicolas Cage is to star in Army of One - which has the backing of the Weinstein Company
Loosely based on Chris Heath's GQ magazine article that recounted the adventures of Gary Faulker, a construction worker who tried to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan to capture Bin Laden, Army of One is set to begin shooting at the end of March. A release date is being eyed for the end of the year.
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Trapped in a terrorist prison and tortured, Evan Lake (Nicholas Cage) is eventually free and makes his way back to the United States and the CIA where he works. Becoming a hero for surviving and not revealing any secrets throughout his imprisonment, Lake's protégé, Milton Schultz, (Anton Yelchin) discovers that the man who held him hostage - the villainous terrorist Banir (Alexander Karim) - is alive and still active. After announcing to his supervisors the revelation, it is discovered that Lake is beginning to suffer from dementia and is faced with early retirement. But unable to leave a job undone, Lake and Schultz take it upon themselves to bring Banir to justice; fuelled by both the intent for justice and revenge.
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The 50 year-old actor recently opened up about his questionable career choices, critics misunderstanding him and dealing with negative comments.
There is no doubt that a mystique has always surrounded the life of Nicolas Cage, and this can be seen translated into his movie career due to the bizarre and unique projects the 50 year-old actor has taken on over the years.
Cage has chosen some rather questionable movie parts over the years
Throughout his storied career, Cage has received critical acclaim for starring in films like 1995's 'Leaving Las Vegas' and 2002's 'Adaptation,' and he has also featured in box office hits such as 2010's 'Kick-Ass' And 2009's 'Knowing.' But at the same time, Cage has also consistently worked on an array of very unsuccessful, disappointing flicks.
Sean Bean's Nicolas Cage antidote is...so Cage.
Sean Bean's Reddit AMA was bobbing along rather uneventfully this afternoon, with the British actor fielding queries about his new TNT show Legends - and then somebody asked him about working with Nicolas Cage.
Sean Bean stars in new TNT series 'Legends' [Getty/Monica Schipper]
One wily Reddit user asked Sean, "Do you have anecdotes about your time filming National Treasure?" Of course he did.
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Nicolas Cage returns to form in 'Joe'
There are all kinds of theories about Nicolas Cage's acting style, usually centred on whether he has insane hair or not (he usually does). But the fact is that every now and then, in between those ridiculously over-the-top performances he's known for (such as in the Ghost Rider movies or the similar Drive Angry), he surprises his audience with a subtle bit of genuinely great acting.
Nicolas Cage in 'Joe'
He is an Oscar winner, after all, deservedly taking home the top prize for his astounding performance in Leaving Las Vegas (1995) after a series of alternately nutty and/or charming turns in movies like Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Raising Arizona (1987), Moonstruck (1987), Vampire's Kiss (1988), Wild at Heart (1990) and Honeymoon in Vegas (1992).
Continue reading: 'Joe' Is A Reminder That Nicolas Cage is a Great Actor
Nicolas Cage gives a rare internalised performance in this atmospheric drama, which has a stronger sense of its location than it does of its story. It's been so long since Cage has been this good that we've almost forgotten that he can do it (see Adaptation or of course Leaving Las Vegas). And he shares the screen beautifully with rising-star Tye Sheridan (Mud) in this strikingly observational tale about second chances.
It's set in the rural South, where Joe (Cage) is an ex-con who has rebuilt his life as a contractor. His big job at the moment is to kill trees on land being developed outside a small town. While Joe is haunted by his past, he is respected by his work crew. His only companions are his faithful dog and a prostitute (Adriene Mishler) who serves as his makeshift girlfriend. Then the 15-year-old Gary (Sheridan) arrives looking for work, and Joe takes him under his wing. Gary's father G-Daawg (Gary Poulter) is a waste-of-space drunk who causes trouble everywhere he goes, leaving the family to live squatting in a falling-down house. Joe can identify with this troubled situation, and Gary needs a real father figure, so the two begin to rely on each other.
This is about as far as the film's narrative goes, apart from a side strand that cranks into gear to push things into a somewhat overwrought final act. This relates to Joe's violent past refusing to fade away, as a local thug (Ronnie Gene Blevins) continually goads Joe to revive a long-simmering feud. Which of course threatens the delicate balance of his positive friendship with Gary. Cage and Sheridan are terrific as the soft-spoken tough-guy mentor and his fiercely determined protege who help put each others' lives into focus. And the surrounding actors are strikingly authentic, especially non-actor Poulter as the relentless loser G-Daawg, a performance made even more poignant with the news that Poulter died while living on the streets shortly after filming finished.
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Date of birth
7th January, 1964