"I'm crazy about Evel Knievel. I thought I was Evel Knievel when I was 13... I took this ring of cardboard; I cut it out and I dipped it in kerosene and I was gonna jump over six beer kegs through the hoop of fire and it was at that point my father took the bike away." Nicolas Cage was obsessed with stuntman Evel Knievel as a child.