I will never forget the first time I saw Nicolas Cage in Raising Arizona, running down the middle of the highway all doe-eyed and dumb, a panty hose leg pulled over his head with a bag of diapers under his arm. It’s definitely the film I’d credit with ramping up his career or certainly my interest in it.
Since then, Cage has built himself an impressive film resume, despite being criticized for his choice to star in Hollywood blockbusters as opposed to the independent character-driven dramas that helped to mold his career in the first place.
Frankly, I’m not surprised that that was his chosen path. We are talking about the same person who married the daughter of Elvis Presley as a token of his appreciation and devotion to the King, built himself a nine-foot tall pyramid/mausoleum in a New Orleans cemetery, and in July 2007 locked into a fierce bidding war with fellow actor Leonardo DiCaprio over a 67-million year old dinosaur skull. Cage walked away victorious, and $276k bones poorer (take the pun and run).
And let’s also not forget the memes… oh, the memes. A couple of personal favorites:
Your Argument is Invalid is a catchphrase associated with the film Next, used in conjunction with a photo-shopped image of Cage taken during the filming of the movie. The photo was altered to make Cage’s hair look like a bald eagle, and was captioned with the text “My hair is a bird. Your argument is invalid.”
Nic Cage as Everyone on Tumblr collects photo-shopped images of Nic Cage’s face on anyone and everything.
Cage Rampage advises you to alert your local government, a rampant Nicolas Cage could be coming to destroy your town.
But despite all his wacky antics, the fact is that Nicolas Cage has appeared in over 60 films, worked with some of the best directors, and has achieved one of the most unique careers of any actor in history. Additionally, his acting has earned him the highest of praise from some of the industry’s most influential, including film critic Roger Ebert who has defended Cage's career publicly, not to mention his Academy Award for his performance in Leaving Las Vegas.
And starting Monday, June 11th, running until Thursday, June 21st, The Brattle Theatre will be celebrating his quirky career in its Greatest American Actor Series. The theatre will be screening Valley Girl, Vampire’s Kiss, Wild At Heart, The Rock, Con-Air, Face/Off, Snake Eyes, Adaptation, Bad Lieutenant, The Wicker Man and, of course, my personal favorite, Raising Arizona.
Head to The Brattle Theatre for a few laughs and enjoy some of the finest from one of the most versatile actors of our time. Visit brattlefilm.org for more information and scheduling.
Stacy is California born and raised, and happily living in Boston. By day, she’s a seasoned digital marketer, social media enthusiast and pop culture consumer. After studying special effects makeup and film for over 20 years, she is also full-time film buff and by night, produces content for horror publications, focusing on classic and contemporary horror films.