Anytime the name “Nic Cage” is mentioned, there is sure to be some awesomeness to follow. The man has made a career of being…not crazed, per se, but definitely quirky. As a matter of fact, no one even bats an eye these days when the newest Cage story surfaces. That is, until something so absolutely crazy, so out of the ordinary, so damn NIC CAGE that it just has to be shared and spread as widely and quickly as possible. Well, faithful Nerd Bastard readers, we have just such a story for you. Actually, this one was so good that we decided to go back and take a look at a few of Cage’s crazier moments, both on and off the screen.
First, let’s talk about what kicked off this topic. During a recent Reddit AMA, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance co-star Idris Alba told an absolutely wonderful and crazy Cage story (is there any other kind?) that took place while filming the movie. You’ll have to forgive Alba’s typos:
“Nic Cage came back one day on set, and he came down to set and he looked a little bit tired, a little bit – kind of like he’d been up all night. So I was like, ‘Hey Nic man, how you doing man?’ And he said, ‘I’m alright’ and I said ‘You seem a little spoked out’ and he said, ‘Yeah man, I went up to Dracula’s castle…the ruins up in the mountains, and I stayed the night’ and I said ‘What?! Why|?’ and he said ‘I just had to channel the energy, and it was pretty spooky up there.’ We were shooting in Romania, Transylvania, and he just went up there to spend the night, as you do.
And then he walked away.
Classic Cage! No matter what you may believe about the bloodsucker that many refer to as the Prince of Darkness, Nosferatu, or Drac (to his friends), staying in abandoned castle ruins in the middle of Romania probably doesn’t sound like a great idea. That didn’t stop Hollywood’s favorite cra, ur, quirky actor from making the trek and experiencing something that would give the rest of us nightmares. Still, was that the strangest thing that he’s ever done? Here are a few examples of his awesomeness and you can be the judge. Ready?
That Time He Bought A Pyramid
I’ll be the first to admit that when I heard this one, I absolutely believed that Cage had purchased an ancient Egyptian pyramid, perhaps with at least a mummy or two lying about. Turns out that the pyramid that he purchased was for his own eternal rest and is nowhere near as ancient as those that housed the Pharaohs but still, definitely a purchase fitting of Cage.
That Time When He Made Us Love Him
The reason we all accept Cage along with all of his eccentricities is pretty simple: we love the hell out of that man. While Raising Arizona may not have been his first movie, it was definitely one that made us all realize just how wonderful Cage really is. Thanks to Raising Arizona, most of us jumped onto the Cage-train and have never looked back.
That Time He Married Elvis’s Daughter
Everyone knows that Cage is a HUGE Elvis fan. However, no one knew just how much he loved the (probably) dead musician until 2002 when Cage married The King’s daughter, Lisa Marie. While it may not have been a match made in heaven (the marriage lasted about three months), it was definitely one of those stories that the tabloids lived on for years to come.
That Time He Was Almost Superman
Once upon a time, Batman and Batman Returns director Tim Burton was tapped to make a Superman movie and he decided to cast Cage as the alien superhero. While the movie never saw the light of day, the world still has wonderful pictures like this one to remind us all what we missed out on.
That Time He Said He Only Ate Classy Animals
Ok, that’s not quite right. The exact quote to the British publication, The Sun, was as follows:
“I think fish are very dignified with sex. So are birds. But pigs, not so much.”
I think we can leave it at that.
That Time He Was In Wicker Man
I am a fan of “so-bad-its-good” cinema. Apparently, I share this fandom with Nic Cage, considering he has pretty much made a living off of bad movies. The one movie that I really just could not get on board with (hell, looking at the box office numbers, NO ONE was on board with this) was The Wicker Man. The slow moving, utterly confusing movie was universally panned and gave us Cage in a bear suit while he is trying to infiltrate an ancient ceremony. If you haven’t seen it, you aren’t missing anything. Trust me, my description is at least 100 times better than the movie itself.
Obviously, in his 50 years on this planet, Cage has given all of us so many other wonderful moments to enjoy. What is your favorite Cage moment?