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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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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Nicolas Cage acts his socks off in this thinly plotted thriller, which is set in the same moral universe as the Taken movies, where mass murder is excusable if your daughter's been kidnapped. Despite a low-budget aesthetic, director Paco Cabezas invests each scene with straight-faced emotion, never acknowledging the general implausibility and irresponsibility of the story itself. But with Cage's rampant performance and Cabezas' visual style, the film almost works as melodramatic escapism.
Cage plays slick businessman Paul, who has finally put his criminal past behind him. But when his over-protected 16-year-old daughter (Aubrey Peeples) is kidnapped, he digs out his old leather jacket and turns to his boyhood partners in crime (Max Ryan and Michael McGrady) for help. While Paul's new young wife (Rachel Nichols) urges him to sort out this mess, his old police detective pal (Danny Glover) warns Paul against taking the law into his own hands. But he can't help it. Especially when it becomes clear that the Russian mobster (Pasha D. Lynchikoff) he clashed with nearly 20 years earlier might be involved in an attempt to get revenge.
While the plot itself doesn't have any real surprises, it at least tries to twist and turn its way through the story. And along the way, Paul's experience gets increasingly emotional, giving Cage the chance to indulge in everything from slow-burn frustration to tear-stained grief to full-on mad-dog violence. Rage indeed! Cage explodes with fury so many times that he seems in danger of transforming into the Hulk at any moment. And the actors around him wisely back up and let him have the stage to himself. Otherwise, there isn't much to the film, with a series of average car chases and fist-fights that are brutal but forgettable.
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Guns N' Roses posted a photo of Nicolas Cage wearing a Nicolas Cage t-shirt at their Las Vegas concert. He's not the only celeb who rocks a celebrity t-shirt from time to time.
In what may be our favourite Instagram post of all time, rock band Guns N’ Roses have shared an image of Nicolas Cage…wearing Nicolas Cage. The band posted the image, which features the iconic actor wearing a cowboy hat, blue blazer, copious beads around his neck, a pair of sunglasses and…finest of all, a t-shirt featuring an image from one of his famous fan-made memes.
Nicolas Cage may be one of Hollywood’s most famous actors, but over the past few years it’s the collection of memes and fan videos dedicated to him which he’s become best-known for. Cage’s habit of totally surrendering himself, body and soul, to a role has led to a few onscreen outbursts which fans go freaking nuts for.
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Need outfit ideas for your next night out? Nick Cage has got it covered.
Ironic shirts with Nicolas Cage’s face are apparently a thing now, so the actor is taking it to another level. How about Nick Cage wearing a shirt with Nick Cage’s face on it? Insert dated Inception joke here.
The actor/national treasure was also rocking a blue jacket, cowboy hat, a pair of shiny, shiny sunglasses and what looks like several strings of Mardi Gras beads, while attending a Guns’n’Roses concert. It’s the most 90s thing you’re ever going to see (this week).
At a Guns N' Roses concert, the 'National Treasure' actor showed that he has a good sense of humour, particularly when it comes to himself.
Praise Nicolas Cage. The actor is ridiculed on a daily basis thanks to his face's seemingly endless compatibility with just about every meme. However, at a Guns N' Roses concert last weekend, the Joe star decided show off his sense of humour by wearing a T-shirt with his own face on it.
US rockers Guns N' Roses posted a photo on their Instagram page over the weekend showing the actor hanging out backstage with the band and comedian Andrew Dice Clay after the Las Vegas show. Cage has gone for the bling, blazer and cowboy hat of GNR frontman Axl Rose, which would be enough to make us giggle but his rather unique T-shirt can be seen peeking out.
The particular cartoon on his shirt is commonly referred to as "You don't say?" and is a shot of the expression Cage makes in one scene of the film, Vampire's Kiss. The face is often used in online discussions as a sarcastic response to an obvious statement.
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Nicolas Cage, everywhere.
Forget all the Nicolas Cage pranks you've ever read about. Forget the Wrecking Ball video. Forget, it all. All you really need to do for the next 10 minutes is relax, grab a coffee, and flick through the gallery below - for it contains one of the finest examples of sibling rivalry of all time.
Nicolas Cage at the Berlin Film Festival 2013 [Photo: Getty Images: Credit: Pascal Le Segretain]
Let me start by fleshing this one out a little: essentially this guy is on the hunt for revenge after his brother called Nicolas Cage a big "d-bag". He's obviously a big Nicolas Cage fan. Big enough to cut out 1000+ Nicolas Cage heads and plaster them around his stupid brother's house. These things are everywhere: in the ice trays, on the toilet paper, on ALL of the family photos, in EVERY pair of socks. Everything.
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