Nicolas Cage is known for his wild acting style. His performances can be so over-the-top they're unintentionally funny, which is why fans love him.
Few actors are as intriguing as Nicolas Cage. He has had a long and varied career in which he has been the indie move star, the action hero, and the guy in a bunch of straight-to-DVD movies. But with a string of hits, an Oscar, and an impressive filmography, there is something definitely captivating about Cage.
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Cage has proven plenty of times that he is a very talented actor, but he is also very bold. Sometimes his choices are perfect for the movie he is in and sometimes they are so wildly wrong that they become entertaining for another reason. Here are some of Cage's funniest moments that might not have been intentional.
Though the original was a brilliant horror movie, the remake of The Wicker Man starring Nicolas Cage is a notorious movie that is so bad it's good. Cage plays a police officer investigating a missing child case on a remote island inhabited by a strange cult.
The biggest problem with the movie is that the people on this island seem relatively normal compared to Cage, who is going wild in this role. The scene where he interrogates the child's mother about some burned clothes is a good example of how Cage can turn a simple line into a hilariously crazed moment.
If there is one movie whose premise can compare to the madness of Cage's persona, it is Face/Off. This wild action movie stars John Travolta as an FBI agent who switches faces with a terrorist (Cage) for reasons that frankly don't matter.
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While Travolta gets to play the fun villain role for most of the movie, Cage finds ways to inject his signature kookinessas the hero stuck with the face of a madman. During one prison brawl sequence, Cage gets to pull all kinds of crazy faces while hooting and hollering, which eventually leads to his crying.
Vampire's Kiss is another movie that seems perfectly tailored to Cage's type of performance as it allows him to really go wild. He plays a successful executive who begins to think that he is turning into a vampire.
Though it is a horror-comedy, there are some moments that Cage takes a simple line and turns it into a hilariously out-of-control moment. In one scene, he asks a colleague if they know the alphabet then proceeds to spout the entire alphabet while flailing his arms around wildly.
After his Superman movie fell apart, Cage finally got the chance to play a superhero in Ghost Rider. Sadly, Cage plays his role surprisingly straight, which contributes to it being an entirely forgettable movie. However, there is one moment in which Cage really unleashes himself and has some fun.
The scene is the first time Johnny Blaze (Cage) transforms into the flame-headed Ghost Rider. As his face burns up, Cage goes bug-eyed and starts screaming in high-pitched agony which then turns into insane laughter.
One of the great things about The Wicker Man is howoff-the-rails it continues to get as it goes along. There are also so many moments that one could pick out with zero context and still find it hilarious.
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One of the best examples of this comes as the island's citizens are planning their ritual for their annual honey harvest. This includes someone dressing up as a bear and, of course, Cage steals the costume for himself. Seeing Cage waddling around in a bear costume while punching a woman in the face is such a surreal experience.
It was quite surprising that Cage became a veritable action movie star following his Oscar-winning role in Leaving Las Vegas. This unexpected run included the absurd and hugely entertaining movie, Con Air.
Cage plays the heroic Cameron Poe, a noble man being released from prisonwho finds himself on a prison transport plane taken over by the convicts. Cage not only sports a distracting wig but also an over-the-top Southern accent that makes anything he says unintentionally funny.
Despite the disappointment of the first Ghost Rider movie, it received a sequel with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. While it is hard to say this is a better movie, it does at least embrace the madness of the story a lot more which includes Cage's performance.
In onememorable moment, Johnny Blaze is interrogating a bad guy and begins describing his own personal demons. He keeps using the phrase "scraping at the door" over and over, getting more deranged every time he says it. The terrified man in the scene with him likely required little acting.
Cage joined another comic book movie and played another crime-fighter with his role as Big Daddy in Kick-Ass. The movie is a darkly comedic satire of the superhero genre and Cage gives a hilarious performance that is appropriate for the tone of the movie.
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However, Big Daddy's death scene is certainly not meant to be a comedic moment as his young daughter fights desperately to save him as he is set on fire. As the music swells, Big Daddy calls out tactics to his daughter, but Cage's hitch-pitched and crazed screaming make it hard to take the moment seriously.
It's hard to figure out just what is going on in the movie Deadfall. It is either a bad movie that happens to feature Cage's most wild performance, or it is a movie that was destroyed due to Cage's performance.
Cage certainly does take over the entire picture and at least breathes some life into the dull crime story. From his bad wig, strange voice, and constant outburst, it is clear that Cage was given free rein and he decided to create a cartoon character.
Even though most people have probably never seen The Wicker Man, it's likely that they are probably familiar with the infamous torture scene at the end of the movie. After Cage's character is captured by the cult he is put through a ritual before being sacrificed.
To his credit, Cage plays the scene with the kind of terror someone in this situation would have. But it's hard to keep a straight face as bees are poured all over him and he keeps screaming "Not the bees!" as if the audience is supposed to take all this seriously.
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