Strange facts about Nicolas Cage
Back on top form in thriller Joe, Nicolas Cage’s career has been a wild ride. He’s been a box office behemoth and a straight-to-video flop. But did you know, Francis ‘The Godfather’ Coppola’s nephew changed his name early on to fight claims of nepotism? Obsessed by comics the name Cage was inspired by the Marvel superhero Luke Cage. His second child’s called Kal-El after Superman’s Krypton name.
The Adaptation star once owned a portfolio of property including castles in England and Germany, mansions in Rhode Island and New Orleans and even an island in the Bahamas. But after his property bubble burst he now lives more modestly. “I have a tiny little cottage in Somerset, near Glastonbury. And I enjoy it that way. The magic of the green hills and the trees and the history.”
Rejecting “Western Kabuki” Cage notes a fine line between method and schizophrenia calling his style “nouveau shamanic.” But there’s always been madness in his method… The man with one of the most righteous mullets we’ve ever seen on screen (Con Air, pictured) ate a live cockroach for 1988 film ‘Vampire’s Kiss’. Cage says, “Every muscle in my body didn’t want to do it, but I did it anyway.”
Cage loves Elvis. So much so that he was once married to the King’s daughter Lisa Marie. For 108 days. He even based his character in oddball David Lynch thriller ‘Wild at Heart’ on the ‘Jailhouse Rock’ singer. Quiffs, big shades and a quivering top lip are all tropes you’ll find in his characters. He even parachutes in with a gang of Elvis impersonators in ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’.
The Oscar-winning star of Leaving Las Vegas once outbid Leonardo DiCaprio paying $276,000 (£162,000) for a Tarbosaurus dinosaur skull. He bought nine Rolls Royces in a year, had a pet octopus and has even done magic mushrooms with his cat. Cage told talkshow host David Letterman his cat ate them like they were cat-nip so he thought, “What the heck, I better do it with him.”
Cage’s comic book obsession ended with the sale of his vintage collection of 400 titles fetching over $1.6m (£942,000) at auction in 2002. But back in the mid-90s Cage was set to play the hero from Krypton. Kevin Smith’s (Clerks) script for Superman Lives went through 10 years of re-writes and false starts before Superman Returns hit the the big screen in 2006. Without Cage.