Sunday, February 21, 2010
Source: an interview with Germany's In Touch magazine, wherein Cage describes his reaction to learning about the 6 million dollars he owes in taxes in those evocative words of despair, which further quotes from article indicate he has overcome with steely resolve (" I will pay off all those debts, to the last cent. I have a responsibility for my sons and my wife. I have to get back on my feet") and optimism ("I have a new manager now, so I'm halfway there.") that borders on the insane, or at very least involves a mathematically suspect definition of "half".
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Thursday, December 31, 2009
If this year taught us anything, it is that Nicolas Cage is basically the new Gandhi. Think about it: the encroaching poverty, the recognition as a champion of world peace. The dramatic hairstyles. We are not suggesting that Nicolas Cage will definitely win the Nobel Peace Prize next year, all we are saying is that should clear some shelf space in the refrigerator carton he will be forced to live in after his creditors take his remaining assets (although, good news on that front: the investment company Red Curb is only suing Cage for owing 3 million dollars, instead of the 36.7 million originally reported, so things are definitely looking up, except perhaps to those who'd hoped such staggering debt would lead to Wicker Man Two: Electric Beargaloo). Of course, no matter what happens in the coming months, we will be watching and reporting, but in the meantime, we offer you this present for the New Year: a blog wherein Nicolas Cage's face is superimposed on other people's bodies. It provided us not only with the picture above, but also these other indelible images of classic cinema, Cagefied. Enjoy!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
John Travolta: But I thought you were--
Nicolas Cage: ...in a coma? Nothing like having your face cut off to disturb your sleep. Read the newspaper lately?
If you have read the newspaper lately, you have no doubt noticed that Nicolas Cage is taking up a disproportionate number of column inches. It began earlier this fall, when financial troubles forced him to put a number of his properties, including a German castle and haunted New Orleans mansion, on the market, in an attempt to raise the millions he owes the IRS in unpaid taxes. According to Cage, the situation is the fault of his former business manager's "unsound investments," which are frankly strong words coming from a man who spent $500,000 to buy a Lambourghini from the Shah of Iran and $276,000 on a dinosaur skull bought at auction after a heated bidding war with Leonardo DiCaprio.
But economic hardship and laughably ridiculous purchases are not the only reasons Cage has been in the news: his starring role in Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans won him rave reviews, and inspired a particularly insightful essay by Manohla Dargis, in which she offers a brief history of his career and concludes:
I have begun to wonder if the narrative that many of us have grafted onto his career — the early if erratic promise, the mature successes, the dire midlife choices — does him an injustice... He has made a habit of failure and frequently pimped out his talent. And yet, as “Bad Lieutenant” shows, he remains the same Nicolas Cage of his early, later and most critically lauded career: the man of a thousand facial tics, a student of all accents and a master of none, a star who, for better, worse and sometimes both, gives us reason after reason to go the movies.
And if that wasn't praise enough, last week the United Nations gave Cage the Global Citizen of the Year Award and named him a goodwill ambassador, citing his extensive charity work establishing rehabilitation centers for former child soldiers and campaigning for international arms control. In what is almost certainly in the top ten greatest statements ever released by the UN, executive director Antonio Maria Costa said: "The Lord of War has become a messenger for peace, the Bad Lieutenant has turned into a good cop, and the inmate from Con Air has become a champion of prison reform. Nicolas Cage's characters have exposed us to some of the darkest aspects of human nature. Now he is championing one of the most noble - the quest for justice."
(Not to even mention the recently released Sorcerer's Apprentice trailer, which just looks so fucking nuts.)