I almost cried during National Treasure…I had a thigh-slapping good time during the Wicker Man…Gone in Sixty Seconds made me cringe. These were not the intended responses that these movies sought; so, I attribute these unexpected reactions in part to the infamous Nicolas Cage. Does anyone else dislike this guy? A friend told me that he was good in Adaptation, but I haven’t gotten up the courage to see him on screen again. Is he as talentless and unattractive as I am claiming?
I think he’s good in “Moonstruck”. In fact it’s his performance that elevates the film, because otherwise it’s just pap. He bites into the somewhat implausible plot in “Birdy” and roots it to the ground by being kind of prosaic and blank about it all, so it feels realistic (he was deep into The Method back then: apparently he wore those bandages for the whole shoot, and when they removed them his face was a mass of suppurating sores). “Raising Arizona” has some fine moments in it. Then he went the action hero route, and, from what I hear, developed an ego the size of California. He’s become a monster of B-movie proportions. That said, I defy anyone to fault his performance in “Leaving Las Vegas”. He’s a talented actor buried under an avalanche of Hollywood clichés. Happens to the best of them.
he absolutely disgusts me though though i kind of liked the film leaving las vegas
I think he’s good in “Moonlighting”.
He is, and Bruce Willis is superb in “Moonstruck”.
Good recent Cage performances; Adaptation, The Weather Man, Bringing out the Dead.
Bad recent ones; pretty much eveything else. His penchant for Z-grade action movies isn’t doing him any favours.
Very funny Isayc. I correct my error. Pisstols at dawn :)
I would generally be on the “I dislike Nicolas Cage” bandwagon, but I saw “Wild at Heart” a few weeks ago and he was OK in that.
I truly believe he has more ability than almost any actor in America, and in the early part of his career where he played odd balls (moonstruck) and outsiders (wild at heart) he was incredible, but after he had his first success with a big action film he never turned back, he became obsessed with being an “action” star ie. A surface level performer. If i look back at the last few roles I have seen him in: ghost rider, national treasure, wicker man, it is pretty clear that he has become almost silly and his choices very dull. Only Lord of war presented a somewhat complex individual with decent material…a real shame..somehow i don’t see Downey Jnr going the same way!
Niolas Cage is an awesome guy and an awesome actor, but he isn’t what we’d call an intellectual man or a arty man. He’s a man’s man in the old fashioned way of saying it. He likes action and he likes comics. So if you were the biggest action/comic nut around and you get the power to be in as many cheesy action/comicbook movies as you can be you’re telling me you wouldn’t? Fuck no, you’d be in paradise baby.
Don’t fault him for being a true blue American human being.
Well, he’s become a parody of himself with his baffling film choices (The Wicker Man? Really?) But he will always be dear to my heart for his involvement in Adaptation and Wild at Heart.
I find him irritating. I enjoyed Adaptation and Raising Arizona. Moonstruck is an absolute favourite but he has done so much trash! The Wicker Man was a crime against cinema
…if you have for uncle Francis Ford Copola, everything is possible !!! but why he has to repeat the same look to all his film ?
Have you seen The Rock or ConAir? He’s brilliant in both.
He had me at ‘Birdy’. He is a very good actor.
He had me at ‘Birdy’.
I hate the guy. I mean, even with changing his last name to Cage from Coppola, as if it would scar him for life to be known as a Coppola. . .He’s irritating, he over acts and the man has no appeal whatsoever. He does alright in comdies, I give him that, but maybe its because of his gawky stature and trying-to-hard body language. So get ready for his new movie “Bangkok Dangerous”. . . .And I’m sure all of you are excited for that National Treasure movie to come out on DVD!
I don’t like to ‘dislike’ someone I don’t know but then hollywood folk push themselves in your face all the time- so serves ‘em right in some ways – Nick Cage has an annoying ’I’m crazy and avant-garde but I also want to be in totally shit films like National Treasure’ kind of thing going on. Unfortunately ‘Over acting’ passes for ‘acting’ now.
i think he’s a great actor that chooses a bunch of roles in anus-level films, which makes him much more dislikable than he should be
I dislike that he named hi son Kal-El (the Kryptonian name for Superman).
He’s an ok character, but he’s basically the same in all the films he’s in, so I don’t really like him.
hmm, not a huge fan.
Hollywood cliche? absolutely. Talented Actor? most deifnitely. Asshole? Most likely. We shouldn’t judge an actor by his personality but by his talent. Yes he does sell out and make fluff. But when push comes to shove he can knock it out i.e. adaptation, leaving las vegas, vampire’s kiss. Dont hate the player hate the game.
I liked him in Birdy and Adaptation but I am not interested in too many of the movies he makes. He certainly has changed a lot since he was younger — looks like he’s had some “work done” and his hair/toupee looks a little funky. I think he’s talented, but he’s become a hack.
I don’t think I have a strong opinion about him. But I did enjoyed “Adaptation” A LOT. Though, mostly due to the Brilliant script! I also thought as an Hollywood Action flick, “The Rock” was pretty decent… Though, I also agree about the comments on “The Wicker Man,” that movie was just plain bad, specially compared to the original, and yes, Nicolas Cage did acted in some really terrible movies, such as “The Famliy Man.” I mean wasn’t that movie done a million times before already; did we really desperately needed another version with Cage in it?
Nicolas Cage isn’t a great actor but there are some films were I’ve seen him, where he isn’t bad: in Adaptation, in Cotton Club and in Snake Eyes
I agree I thought he was good in Adaptation, and really funny in Wild at Heart and Raising Arizona.
However, I saw about 20 minutes of the Wicker Man remake, and I wanted to gouge my eyes out. Same goes for City of Angels, the remake of Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire”…quite a way to ruin a fantastic story.
He made Wild at Heart, Lord of War and especially Leaving Las Vegas and Raising Arizona, in my opinion. I liked him in Adaptation but didn’t really care for the movie. I think he was also in Red Rock West, which I liked. He has chosen some iffy roles otherwise. I think he’s aimed for possible cult films, some of which have been marketed as mainstream but proved disappointing to his following and then some. He has a niche in Hollywood for sure … Got to give him credit for that.
Although he was on some good movies, i do dislike him.
he has been in several good flicks. wild at heart is my favorite of his but overall he is a green screen actor now
The thing is he has this face that is very hateable.
Nevertheless the guy is good.
He’s played amazing characters, memorable ones.
Leaving las Vegas.
…and then there’s this Vampire’s Kiss film, were his character thought he was turning into a vampire.
It is really a blur, for I have seen it a long time ago, but I remember digging Mr. Cage for his performance.