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The Top Ten Nicolas Cage Myths Deconstructed


by Lula Argante


In recent years, various Nicolas Cage 'truths' have presented, circulated and reinvented themselves, with the help of 'critics' and the blogosphere.  I propose that all of these are in fact Nicolas Cage Myths, and it is time to deconstruct them all.

Nicolas Cage Myth 1: 'Nicolas Cage is a wooden Actor'

Nicolas Cage Myth 2: 'Nicolas Cage is an over the top actor'

Seeing the problem here already? How can he be both?!

Nicolas Cage is the master of variety, with an impressive range of acting ability, giving outstanding performances in a number of genres and acting styles; from intense drama to fantasy/ science fiction, romantic comedy to horror, actorly art house to blockbuster action.

Could anybody who has ever seen Nicolas Cage movies ever describe him as wooden?

I mean, seriously?

The only thing that has ever been wooden about Nicolas Cage is his wooden hand in Moonstruck! Even his more 'contained' performances, such as in National Treasure, Knowing or Bangkok Dangerous, have a very powerful energy to them, a presence, a tension, the inner conflict of the character somehow intensely conveyed.

Over the top?
Let's make one thing absolutely clear. Nicolas Cage is the king of quirky crazy, the Tsar of Zany, the master of hyper real, abstract, intense, jazz style characters and performances. And that is part of what makes him the iconic, original and sublime actor he is.  He creates characters like no other actor could and is unafraid to step over the invisible line and take us beyond our often cosy versions of reality.  Performances like Peter Loew in Vampire's Kiss, Ronnie Cammareri in Moonstruck, Castor Troy in Face/Off, and more recently Terence Mcdonagh in Bad Lieutenant, undoubtedly have this quality in varying extremes.  But, this sweeping generalisation of him being 'over the top' does not account for the vast spectrum of roles he actually plays, nor the multidimensional facets of each of his more manic characters.

In some ways it is easily tempting to polarise Nicolas Cages' performances, but, the most powerful thing about his characters is they are never one thing and not the other, they are never just black or white, but often shades of grey and all the colours and tones inbetween. This is what creates the conflict within his characters, who are never one dimensional.

To conclude, the criticism that Nicolas cage is wooden or over the top is entirely inaccurate in both description and degree.



Nicolas Cage Myth 3: 'Nicolas Cage always plays himself'

Oh dear..there are so many holes in this particular myth that the argument cannot even contain itself.  To the critics: how do you know who 'himself' is?  Perhaps if there is a sense of familiarity, it is because Cage is so good at bringing the character to life that you feel you know him personally?!  Perhaps what you really mean is his characters are 'all the same'?... See Myths 1 and 2.  Or perhaps what you are experiencing is the Nicolas Cage trademark unquestionably stamped upon each of his roles. It is true he brings a quintessential element to each of his characters that is uniquely Cage. He really is the only actor who could bring his characters to life, and that is precisely what makes him such an incredible actor.


Nicolas Cage Myth 4: 'Nicolas Cage always plays the same character.'

Le sigh. See Myths 1, 2 and 3.



Nicolas Cage Myth 5: 'Nicolas Cage can't act'

Martin Scorcese, Werner Herzog, Jon Turteltaub, David Lynch, John Woo, Oliver Stone, Ridley Scott, Martha Coolidge, Alex Proyas, Gore Verbinski, The Cohen brothers, The Pang Brothers, Alan Parker, Joel Schumacher, Dominic Sena, Spike Jonze.....How do you explain it? He slipped them all a tenner, or spiked their drinks?  Or could it be that world renowned directors want Nicolas Cage for their movies because he is a highly regarded, talented actor?  Not to mention the array of awards and honours he has received over the years for his talents, acting achievements and contributions to the creative world, including an Oscar?



Nicolas Cage Myth 6: 'Nicolas Cage only gets work because his Uncle is Francis Ford Coppola'

Yawn. Even if he had a reluctant bunk up to the first rung of a very tall ladder because of his genes, Nicolas Cage has carved his own place in the film world through years of dedication and sheer hard work.  He deliberately distanced himself from the accusations of nepotism by changing his name. Martha Coolidge gave him the part in Valley Girl, a film that launched his career and remains a Cage Classic amongst fans across the world even today, without knowing his family history.

Nicolas Cage has a successful and prolific career spanning decades, family heritage or not.  This staying power is down to his own talent as an actor and his being held in high esteem by many directors. (see Nicolas Cage Myth 5.)



Nicolas Cage Myth 7: 'Nicolas Cage is crazy / weird'

Nicolas Cage himself has mentioned that in his early career he was interested in generating a public self image as being off the wall and edgy. And perhaps there are elements of his character where it has been suitable for publicity to reinvent this image in recent times, for example his interviews during the run up to The Sorcerer's Apprentice including recalling his magic mushroom experiences with his cat.
Whether or not this is the real Nic Cage? who knows! For those of us who like things a little 'weird' and 'crazy', that which is considered 'normal' is 'weird.' And often boring and unchallenging. Isn't it time to unlock our heads from the cosy and prescriptive definitions of mainstream society about what is considered normal or weird?  As an actor and possibly as a man, Nicolas Cage steps outside the box and that is something to be celebrated in a world where the majority never question the ideology they exist within.

Perhaps, rather than 'crazy' or 'weird', this is THE definition of art.



Nicolas Cage Myth 8: 'Nicolas Cage makes bad movie choices'

For the people who love Nicolas Cage in his more so-called 'actorly' roles, 'The Rock' was a 'Bad Choice' and 'a bad career move' right after receiving an Oscar for a dramatic role in Leaving Las Vegas. Not so for the millions of fans who voted for him as best actor in an action movie in the Blockbuster awards. For those people it was an excellent choice, and remains for some, one of the best action movies of all time.
Ghost Rider is another one where people have jumped on the bandwagon of criticism. It wasn't a bad choice for the movie going public who sent the box office tills ringing with an unequivocal *kerching!*

And, 'Bad choice' for whom? Not wanting to point out the ridiculously obvious, we are of course entitled to our own opinion of a movie, but if we don't like it, that says more about our own tastes, likes and dislikes, than about the choice an actor made to star in a particular film!


Nicolas Cage Myth 9: 'Nicolas Cage has sold out and / or chooses roles for the money'

First up, are any of us in a position to judge anyone else for working for money? Seriously? Do the rest of us work for free? Actually, Nicolas Cage has, he gave his fee for 'World Trade Centre' to charity. More importantly here though, Nicolas Cage has always been an actor who follows his own integrity and dances to the beat of his own drum. In that regard, he is to be admired for not pandering to the pressure of his critics, but going down the road less travelled, following his own passions knowing this is the only way he can truthfully create as an actor and artist.  He has taken risks and made bold choices often going against the grain, and sidestepped the swamps of self expression that other actors so often drown in.

He is master of many genres and servant to none. To be able to switch it up constantly, for example from a corrupt cop in a Herzog movie touching upon the 'bliss of evil' in Bad Lieutenant, to a fantasy role as a master sorcerer in a Bruckheimer / Turteltaub movie The Sorcerer's Apprentice, takes absolute conviction and a talent supreme, and it is the very quality that makes him the magnificant actor that he is.


Nicolas Cage Myth 10: 'Noone likes Nicolas Cage any more so he should stop making movies'

Despite the clammy negative grip of the media upon the general public, there are millions of fans who have admired the actor throughout his whole career, younger people who are discovering his work for the first time, and former anti-Cage ideological sheep stepping out of the critical shadows and coming out as Cage fans.  People from across the world and generations enjoy, admire and appreciate the films of Nicolas Cage, which is precisely why he has such a successful and enduring career.



A final appeal to the critics, including the general public who reinvent the Nicolas Cage myths above, go watch his movies, all of them.  Go without the fashionable anti-Cage overcoat, go naked without preconceptions and observe a master at work.
I truly hope you allow yourself to observe from beyond and outside the box created by the myth makers, and possibly feel as much humbled-to-foolish as a Nicolas Cage critic as I have felt bemused-to-angry as a Nicolas Cage fan, having watched his work and personal life being casually dragged through a slurry of inaccurate mud slinging over the years.

Whether a Nic Cage hater or a Nic Cage lover, or somewhere in between, whatever your own opinion, the outstanding library of Nicolas Cage films speaks for itself - unapologetic, impressive and alive - an eternal testament to all that a unique and talented actor has brought to a century of film.

Within this library, an eternal transcendent truth reveals itself, irrespective of passing phases of popularity or otherwise. Nicolas Cage Myth makers, Nicolas Cage is the most magnificant actor of our times, some things are True, whether you believe them or not.

(c) Lula Argante, Cagealot Castle 2011


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Oooh my.I think this is what every devoted Nic fan wants to do,to desconstruct those senseless myths,and I thank you for doing that!!EAT IT HATERS!
And I just love how you pointed out the first two myths mismatch.Ha!Sometimes I tend to think some people begin to 'hate' Nic just because everyone around does it,like they see some gross comments below a Nic interview for instance,and think something like "everyone seems to hate this guy and so should do I",and then they just need to make up their minds like why do I hate him?Because he's 'a wooden actor'.       I may be wrong,but I think only a blind can't see Nic's talent

Amazingly sometimes I start to forget why Nic is represented by some as 'weird'.And who can exactly define this word ?I think this is so abstract,and as I remember you once said "weird is normal for me"(sorry,don't remember the exact sentenceashamed)

Has the castle started a new blog?How AWEsomebiggrin!

-- Edited by Voodoo child on Monday 20th of September 2010 04:07:18 PM

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This is beautiful, Lula, so well written and informed. You make so many valid points, well 10, plus so much more to think about. All the things Nics' fans want to say to the world. I love it! David Letterman should read it on his show!!! As I was reading I was thinking this needs to be published or blogged, and then I came to the end!!!!You have a blog, awesome!!!!I can't use enough exclamation marks!!!! Is it published on the web, there for the masses to read, will a google search pick it up!!! Wow!!! I am proud to be a member of the Cagelot Castle Forum, I must say.


You go, girl; you ARE the woman; Nic Cage, Lula has got your back!!





-- Edited by Lady Trueheart on Monday 20th of September 2010 04:43:44 PM

-- Edited by Lady Trueheart on Monday 20th of September 2010 04:44:50 PM

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woohoo! Get you and your emoticons Lady Trueheart! handshake.gifmulticolourloveyellowflowergrinstarry

Thank you both for your comments! Wow...I'm so glad you liked it!flowerface2

I somehow felt this could be put on a blog space of some kind too, and thought it might be a good way to get cagealot castle out there more! But I have no idea if it will show up in any google searches Lady T..how does that work anyway?
I would love to get this circulated! joy

I think my writing style is possibly a little odd and inconsistent for a long running blog, and this place is where my Heart is really....sharing with others!multicolourlove ( plus I had forgotten how much time it takes to write 'properly', or attempt to! )

And there are others out there doing a superb job on the properblog front, like the wonderful Nico-Biz site!

I think it might just be a case of if ever the urge to rant and ramble takes me over...there's another outlet!

Lol, it's so funny when I logged in to Twitter today immediately came the same old anti Nicisisms, and this time I had to laugh, because I'd covered it in this article. I really got something out of my system writing this that has been building up over a period of time. Very cathartic for me personally and am so happy to hear you both felt it reflected something of what you feel as fans too!
Nic is a lucky guy having such loyal fans as you!flowerface

You are so right voodoo child...the nic criticisms are so contradictory and now they are getting quite boring, it's like a record stuck in the groove...it's not even engaging the discerning mind for most people... it's just opening the mouth and repeating like a parrot!

Lol, regarding the weird is normal thing, do you mean something we talked about on twitter? I can't remember exactly but it was something like that...'for me weird is normal and normal is weird. And who defines what is normal anyway? Where's that measuring stick? Throw it away! and go with what's true for you and not the hypnotic pull of the crowd! Lol. chortle

Hmm i'm sure you guys could come up with some excellent myth deconstructions of your own. Between us we'll have these myths well and truly vaporized! starry

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WOW........GIRL!   Me thinks you just rocked the world of NIC with your article.  Very well written, points concisely made...............SUPERB ALL THE WAY AROUND!  

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Thank you! multicolourlovegrouphug

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Lula, I think your blog host is the one that makes things public, depending on your privacy settings.

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Thanks Meg! You know, I guess I am not so worried about it getting circulated, it was more a cathartic exercise getting it all down somewhere!lotus

I have also realised, Nic doesn't need to answer to his critics or even acknowledge them.
I did hesitate, because it's almost pandering to them?! Lol, maybe I should stick to writing stuff after the full moon...always more passionate on the build up!flowerface

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Stop second guessing yourself, it's great stuff. Nic may not need validation but maybe his fans like to know he has other devoted followers who appreciate his work. Anyway, just to see something positive makes for more positivity.

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I agree with every one here Lulu about your article! It's AWESOME! I'm not much of a writer but yours is what every Nic fan wants to say and yours should get published. Nic does have the best FANS around and I hope he does see this Forum some time but I'm not sure if he's into the Internet at all! I hope he does see this wonderful New Forum up now and enjoy it too. YOU ROCK GIRL!!!
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Hi Nancy!flowerface

So NICe to see you again and thanks! rainbowsmiley

I would never dream of attempting to represent all Nic fans, but I'm grateful you liked what I wrote.flowerface2

Please feel free anyone to add your views on the Nic myths!w00t.gif

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loved it all lula! as for him being weird, well aren't all artists living in a different state of mind? i wouldn't be here if he was"normal". how boring would that be? all my guys are considered weird. crispin glover is one. love him. but nic is first in my heart. :)

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One of my other 'fav' actors is Christopher Walken.  No one could ever call him......normal.  I like people with 'quirks'.  Keeps them interesting and me on my toes.

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Thanks Ronnie!flowerface

My perspective is..who defines what is weird and what is normal? When you really think about some of the things considered normal (off the top of my head..groups of people camping outside other people's houses with cameras, digging around in their rubbish bins and chasing people in cars *paparazzi* ) ) they are actually completely bonkers! chickendance...

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as always lula, u hit the nail on the head!

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Sending out a massive thank you to @denofgeek http://twitter.com/denofgeek http://www.denofgeek.com for bigging up this article and the site on Twitter today!
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Don't forget to check out their article I posted here earlier: http://cagealotcastle.activeboard.com/index.spark?aBID=136656&p=3&topicID=40502297

Nic may not be on Twitter, but his fans are, and today is #CageFriday! so if you are not on there already, join up and help circulate the Cage love to get our voices heard above the whine of the critics! knight

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That was very cool, Lula! Den of Geek, you rock!!

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We definitely seem to have had a lot of interest in the article today Lady True, we can but hope that most are in agreement with the banality of the main myths that get circulated about Nicolas Cage! To all those reading this: come tell us what you think! Do you agree or have something to add or debate with? action
Kudos to Den Of Geek for beginning 'CageFriday' on Twitter today, the Nic love was tangible in Twitterland, which was really NICe, people mentioning their favourite Nic movies and quotes.
But really...... it's 'CageEveryday' for us Nic obsessed Cagiacs! nicolic

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that would make a good emoticon, every day is cage day at cagealot castle!

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It would make a great slogan as well Lady True! it would neeed to be a big emotion ....ccrocks

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