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.
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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