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"Cage is a good actor in good movies, and an almost indispensable actor in bad ones."

Nicolas Kim Coppola (born January 7, 1964), known professionally as Nicolas Cage, is an American actor, known for collaborating many times with film producer Jerry Bruckheimer. He changed his last name to Cage (after Luke Cage) because his uncle is the great director, Francis Ford Coppola, and Cage didn't want an unfair advantage pursuing success in film on his own efforts.

Cage pursued acting as a career, making his debut on television in 1981. Cage has featured in numerous "bad boy" roles, and has won numerous awards, beginning in 1989 with his Independent Spirit Award, an Academy Award for Best Actor for his lead role in Leaving Las Vegas, and his most recent Toronto Film Critics Association Award in 2002. Cage has appeared in over 60 films including Face/Off (1997), National Treasure (2004), and Ghost Rider (2007).


He is an avid comic book fan, with his surname coming from Marvel Comics' Luke Cage, and naming his second son Kal-El (so his son's full name is Kal-El Coppola Cage). He played Ghost Rider, and was considered for Superman in a movie that struggled and never came out. (He eventually got a chance to voice him, however, in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.) In 2010, he got a serious fanboy moment co-starring in Kick-Ass as Crazy Awesome badass Big Daddy, who wipes out warehouses full of mobsters single-handedly.

Leaving Las Vegas and the Palme d'Or-winning Wild at Heart (directed by David Lynch) are probably the most noteworthy things he's been involved with. He has made quite a few lesser works over the years, although this may fall under the category of Ham and Cheese, which is why he gets some Memetic Mutation. once pitched the theory that he is attempting some sort of experiment where he takes only the best and worst films offered to him, and absolutely nothing in between. Others might say that he just takes any role offered to him, because he loves what he does.


Roger Ebert named a specific trope after him; the Nicolas Cage Wig-Out Scene, as nobody plays a grown man throwing a screaming tantrum quite like Mr. Cage, and for a while it seemed an indispensable part of every one of his films. It's been lampshaded and parodied by Saturday Night Live's own Andy Samberg for the Weekend Update segment "Get in the Cage" (one such segment even had the real Nicolas Cage as a clone of Samberg's Cage created so Samberg's Cage can star in every movie ever made).

Cage is also the subject of another popular meme, "Nic Cage as Everyone", which is photo manipulations of Nicolas Cage as film/TV characters, historical figures and current celebrities. Beware, serious Uncanny Valley ahead; albeit done in utterly hilarious fashion. You will not look at The A-Team the same way again. Especially Baracus. He also has several memetic songs made from his lines, which have also become memetic.

...And when you thought things couldn't get weirder, turns out there's a Grindcore band based on his movies. And also a Horrorpunk band named after the gravesite he purchased in New Orleans.

He is also the universal constant which unites us all. After all, that was the plan: to give you a boner. And you got one. Congratulations, you're human.

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Nicolas Cage in Fiction:

  • Adam Westing: In recent years, it's become clear that Cage is completely aware of his reputation, and has mocked himself a few times. His appearance on Saturday Night Live and the behind the scenes interviews on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ('Oh, you want me to go full Cage?') are evidence of this.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Expect to be disappointed if you want to see Cage exclaim "YOU DON'T SAY!!!" in Vampire's Kiss.
  • Doing It for the Art: Cage created and manages Saturn Films, which, if you follow the link, has a record of producing utterly terrible flops that all star Nicolas Cage. Neither the quality nor the lack of appeal of these films seem to put him off. This film company may have something to do with his financial troubles elaborated on below.
  • Hidden Depths: It's a common misunderstanding that Cage is a 'bad' actor. He's an interesting actor, as he constantly makes choices that are different and avoid any one particular note. He has been part of some of the biggest blockbuster movies, worked with some great directors, and in interviews he can appear to be highly insightful, citing obscure artists and references.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Formerly a well-regarded actor and a box office draw. He's now considered something of a joke as he's taken every piece of work available to him, no matter how bad or low-brow, after having racked up a significant tax debt (spending like this tends to do that to you) and needing to pay off the IRS.


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Nicholas Cage at his Cage-yist without so much as raising his voice.

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