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Born Nicolas Kim Coppola on 7 January 1964, in Long Beach, California USA, and a relative of famous director Francis Ford Coppola, Nicolas Cage is a notable actor and film producer, who decided to alter his last name to Cage, with reference to the superhero of comics, Luke Cage, in order to avoid possible suspicion of influence on his career through his relative, and to show that he was capable of making his net worth grow on his own During his career as an actor, Cage has performed in more than 60 movies of different genres. Now, Cage is a voice actor in the animated film “The Croods” directed by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders.

So just how rich is Nicolas Cage? Nicolas’ net worth is estimated by authoritative sources to be at least $25 million, most of his wealth having been accululated from his acting career. Nicolas’ net worth includes a $10 million mansion in Las Vegas. A similarly valued Bel-Air home was also for sale, as well as his $12 million Rhode Island residence. Cage`s tax troubles also forced him to sell Southern Nevada estate in 2009. It is stated that Cage owes the IRS over $6.6 million and $2 million to East West Bank for a loan already extended. In order to pay his debts, Cage was even forced to sell his Action Comics in an auction for $2.16 million.

Nicolas Cage Net Worth $25 Million

Nicolas Cage net worth started growing when he appeared in 1982′s “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, and later on in such films as “Valley Girl” (1983), “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995) and “Face/Off” (1997), earning him $5,000, $240,000 and $6,000,000 respectively. “Leaving Las Vegas” also rewarded him with an Academy Award for Best Actor. Nicolas Cage has also appeared in such notable movies as “Honeymoon in Vegas”, “Con Air”, “The Rock”, “Rising Arizona” and “The Family Man”. “Gone in Sixty Seconds” (2000) grossed $20 million and “The Rock” (1996) earned $4 million for Nicolas. “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” added $7,500,000 to Nicolas’ current net worth.

For his performance in 2002′s “Adaptation”, Cage was rewarded as the Best Actor by Toronto Film Critics’ Association, and also contributed considerably to Nicolas Cage’s net worth. To increase his wealth even more, Cage along with his son Weston Cage started his own line of comics called the “Voodoo Child”.

The famous actor has been married three times. His first wife was actress Patricia Arquette, the second was Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of famous American singer Elvis Presley, of whom Nicolas is actually a fan. In 2004 he married Alice Kim, a former waitress. On 3 October, 2005 they welcomed a son Kal-El. Recently Nicolas is said to have been dating actress Christina Fulton with whom he has a son, Weston Coppola Cage.

What is interesting is that although Cage is one of Hollywood`s highest-paid actors according to Forbes, he has caused his own financial difficulties because of spending millions buying nine Rolls Royces, many homes, including a property on Paradise Island and a house in Malibu, four yachts and two castles. One of the latter is the medieval castle of Schloss Neidstein in Germany, and the other one is Midford Castle in Somerset, England.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vengeance: A Love Story 2017 post-production John Dromoor
Inconceivable 2017 post-production Brian
Looking Glass 2017 pre-production Ray
Mom and Dad 2017 completed
The Humanity Bureau 2017 post-production Noah Kross
Arsenal 2017 Eddie King
Army of One 2016 Gary Faulkner
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage 2016 Captain McVay
Snowden 2016 Hank Forrester
Dog Eat Dog 2016/I Troy
The Trust 2016 Stone
Pay the Ghost 2015 Mike Lawford
The Runner 2015/I Colin Pryce
Dying of the Light 2014 Evan Lake
Left Behind 2014/I Rayford Steele
Outcast 2014/I Gallain
Rage 2014 Paul Maguire
Joe 2013/I Joe
The Frozen Ground 2013 Jack Halcombe
The Croods 2013 Grug (voice)
Stolen 2012 Will Montgomery
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 2011 Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider
Trespass 2011 Kyle Miller
Seeking Justice 2011 Will Gerard
Drive Angry 2011 Milton
Season of the Witch 2011 Behmen
The Sorcerer's Apprentice 2010 Balthazar
Kick-Ass 2010 Damon Macready Big Daddy
Astro Boy 2009 Dr. Tenma (voice)
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 2009 Terence McDonagh
G-Force 2009 Speckles (voice)
Knowing 2009 John Koestler
Bangkok Dangerous 2008 Joe
National Treasure: Book of Secrets 2007 Ben Gates
Next 2007 Cris Johnson
Grindhouse 2007 Fu Manchu (segment "Werewolf Women of the SS") (uncredited)
Ghost Rider 2007 Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider
The Wicker Man 2006 Edward Malus
World Trade Center 2006 John McLoughlin
The Ant Bully 2006 Zoc (voice)
The Weather Man 2005 David Spritz
Lord of War 2005 Yuri Orlov
National Treasure 2004 Benjamin Franklin Gates
Matchstick Men 2003 Roy Waller
Adaptation. 2002 Charlie Kaufman Donald Kaufman
Sonny 2002 Acid Yellow
Windtalkers 2002 Joe Enders
Christmas Carol: The Movie 2001 Marley (voice)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin 2001 Captain Antonio Corelli
The Family Man 2000 Jack Campbell
Gone in Sixty Seconds 2000 Memphis Raines
Bringing Out the Dead 1999 Frank Pierce
8MM 1999 Tom Welles
Welcome to Hollywood 1998 Nicolas Cage
Snake Eyes 1998 Rick Santoro
City of Angels 1998 Seth
Face/Off 1997 Castor Troy Sean Archer
Con Air 1997 Cameron Poe
The Rock 1996 Stanley Goodspeed
Leaving Las Vegas 1995 Ben Sanderson
Kiss of Death 1995 Little Junior Brown
Trapped in Paradise 1994 Bill Firpo
It Could Happen to You 1994 Charlie Lang
Guarding Tess 1994 Doug Chesnic
Deadfall 1993 Eddie
Red Rock West 1993 Michael
Amos & Andrew 1993 Amos Odell
Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 Jack Singer
Zandalee 1991 Johnny Collins
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted 1990 TV Movie Heartbreaker
Fire Birds 1990 Jake Preston
Wild at Heart 1990 Sailor Ripley
Time to Kill 1989 Enrico Silvestri
Never on Tuesday 1989 Man in Red Sports Car (uncredited)
Vampire's Kiss 1988 Peter Loew
Moonstruck 1987 Ronny Cammareri
Raising Arizona 1987 H.I. McDunnough
Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 Charlie Bodell
The Boy in Blue 1986 Ned Hanlan
Birdy 1984 Al Columbato
The Cotton Club 1984 Vincent Dwyer
Racing with the Moon 1984 Nicky / Bud
Rumble Fish 1983 Smokey
Valley Girl 1983 Randy
Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1982 Brad's Bud (as Nicolas Coppola)
Best of Times 1981 TV Movie Nicholas (as Nicolas Coppola)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vengeance: A Love Story 2017 producer post-production
Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police 2012 Documentary producer
A Thousand Words 2012/I producer
The Sorcerer's Apprentice 2010 executive producer
Bangkok Dangerous 2008 producer
The Dresden Files 2007-2008 TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Next 2007 producer
The Wicker Man 2006 producer
Lord of War 2005 producer
The Life of David Gale 2003 producer
Sonny 2002 producer
Shadow of the Vampire 2000 producer
Bel Air 2000 producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Adaptation. 2002 performer: "Happy Together " - uncredited
Captain Corelli's Mandolin 2001 performer: "O'Mio Babbino Caro"
The Family Man 2000 performer: "La La Means I Love You"
Leaving Las Vegas 1995 performer: "Ridiculous" / writer: "Ridiculous"
Wild at Heart 1990 performer: "Love Me", "Love Me Tender"
Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 performer: "He Don't Love You" - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sonny 2002

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Groundsman 2013 Short thanks
A Backyard Story 2010 grateful acknowledgment
Renegade Live @ the House of Blues 2009 Video documentary special thanks
What Is It? 2005 thanks
Love, Death, Elvis & Oz: The Making of 'Wild at Heart' 2004 Video documentary short special thanks
Specific Spontaneity: Focus on Lynch 2004 Video documentary short special thanks
Tricks of the Trade: Making 'Matchstick Men' 2004 Video documentary special thanks
Valley Girl: 20 Totally Tubular Years Later 2003 Video documentary short special thanks
Valley Girl: In Conversation - Nicolas Cage and Martha Coolidge 2003 Video documentary short special thanks
End of the Century 2003 Documentary thanks - as Nicholas Cage

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cult: Music Without Fear 2002 Video Himself (uncredited)
Sean Connery, an Intimate Portrait 2002 Documentary Himself
Howard Stern 1996-2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
2002 MTV Movie Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Hollywood Salutes Nicolas Cage: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2002 TV Special Himself
Spaghetti Requiem 2001 Documentary Himself
2001 ABC World Stunt Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Gomorron 2000-2001 TV Series Himself / Jack Campbell / Himself - Om Filmen
Gone in 60 Seconds: Stars on the Move 2000 Video short Himself
Gone in 60 Seconds: Wild Rides 2000 Video short Himself
2000 MTV Movie Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
Making of Bringing Out the Dead 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Award to Norman Jewison
HBO First Look 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Junket Whore 1998 Documentary Himself
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
Making Angels 1998 Video documentary short Himself / Seth
Sean Connery Close Up 1997 Video documentary Himself
Wild On... 1997 TV Series Himself
The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1997 TV Special Himself
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Most Unlikely Heroes 1996 TV Special Himself
The Rock Premiere on Alcatraz 1996 Video short Himself
Very Important Pennis 1996 TV Series Himself
Mundo VIP 1996 TV Series Himself
Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels 1996 Video documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Clint Eastwood 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Male Actor in a Leading Role
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama & Presenter: Cecil B. DeMille Award
A Century of Cinema 1994 Documentary Himself
CBS This Morning 1994 TV Series Himself
Today 1994 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hi Octane 1994 TV Series Himself
The 66th Annual Academy Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound Mixing
Hollywood Waterloo 1994 Documentary Himself
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Wogan 1992 TV Series Himself - Guest
Jonathan Ross Presents for One Week Only: David Lynch 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Nicholas Cage)
The Word 1990 TV Series Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 60th Annual Academy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself -Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Evening Urgant 2016 TV Series Himself
The Insider 2016 TV Series Himself
Ok! TV 2015 TV Series Himself
Behind the Scenes: Dying of the Light 2015 Video documentary short Himself
SXSW Flashback 2014 2014 TV Movie Himself
Extra 2014 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2004-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Made in Hollywood 2010-2014 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Superheroes: From Page to Screen 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
This Morning 2013 TV Series Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Vivir de cine 2013 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Stolen: Behind the Scenes 2013 Video short Himself
Stolen: Cast and Crew Interviews 2013 Video documentary short Himself
The Making of 'Stolen' 2013 Video documentary short Himself
ES.TV HD 2011-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Making of 'Seeking Justice' 2012 Video documentary short Himself
The Path to Vengeance: Making 'Ghost Rider, Spirit of Vengeance' 2012 Video documentary Himself
Bambule - Das Magazin 2012 TV Series Himself
Entertainers with Byron Allen 2012 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
Attack of the Show! 2011-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2009-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Saturday Night Live 1992-2012 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
Late Show with David Letterman 1995-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Trespass: Inside the Thriller 2011 Video documentary short Himself
Scream Awards 2011 2011 TV Special Himself
Janela Indiscreta 2010-2011 TV Series Himself
Jump Start Live 2011 TV Series Himself
Close Up 2011 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story 2010 Documentary Himself
Lopez Tonight 2010 TV Series Himself
Mark at the Movies 2010 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 1990-2010 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Rotten Tomatoes Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Was ich bin sind meine Filme - Teil 2... nach 30 Jahren 2010 Documentary Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
At the Movies 2009 TV Series Himself
Días de cine 2009 TV Series Himself
Making of... 2009 TV Series documentary
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
The Movie Loft 2009 TV Series Himself
Samuel L. Jackson: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2007-2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
NT2: Set in History 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Knights of the Golden Circle 2008 Video short Himself
NT2: Crafting the Presidents' Book 2008 Video documentary short Himself
NT2: Creating the London Chase 2008 Video documentary short Himself
NT2: Evolution of a Golden City 2008 Video documentary short Himself
NT2: Inside the Library of Congress 2008 Video documentary short Himself
NT2: On Location 2008 Video documentary short Himself
NT2: Secrets of a Sequel 2008 Video documentary short Himself
NT2: Underground Action 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Eigo de shabera-night 2008 TV Series Himself
The Directors 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Wetten, dass..? 2007 TV Series Himself
Making the Best Next Thing 2007 Video documentary short Himself
The 'Next' Grand Idea 2007 Video short Himself
Weekend Sunrise 2007 TV Series Himself
Blazing Trails: The Making of 'Ghost Rider' 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Ghost Rider: Comic-Con 2006 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Spirit of Vengeance: The Making of 'Ghost Rider' 2007 Video documentary Himself
HypaSpace 2006-2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Ghost Rider: Inside the Action 2007 TV Movie Himself
Corazón de... 2006-2007 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'World Trade Center' 2006 Video documentary Himself
Visual and Special Effects 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Movie Rush 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Charlie Rose 2002-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Too Tough to Die: A Tribute to Johnny Ramone 2006 Documentary Himself
Extended Outlook: The Script 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Forecast: Becoming a Weatherman 2006 Video short Himself
Relative Humidity: The Characters 2006 Video documentary short Himself
The Making of 'Lord of War' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
El Magacine 2005 TV Series Himself
National Treasure: On the Set of American History 2005 Video short Himself
To Steal a 'National Treasure' 2005 Video short Himself
'National Treasure' on Location 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2005 TV Special Himself
National Treasure Uncovered 2004 TV Movie Himself
GMTV 2004 TV Series Himself
Love, Death, Elvis & Oz: The Making of 'Wild at Heart' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Shootout 2004 TV Series Himself
John Travolta: The Inside Story 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Presenter: 'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World' Film Clip
Tricks of the Trade: Making 'Matchstick Men' 2004 Video documentary Himself / Roy Waller
The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Intimate Portrait 1996-2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Tinseltown TV 2003 TV Series Himself
Valley Girl: 20 Totally Tubular Years Later 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Valley Girl: In Conversation - Nicolas Cage and Martha Coolidge 2003 Video documentary short Himself
The Code Talkers: A Secret Code of Honor 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Windtalkers: Fly-On-the-Set Scene Diaries 2003 Video documentary short Himself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role / Past Winner
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
Inside the Actors Studio 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Biography 2003 TV Series documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SLG Shot 2016 TV Mini-Series Himself
Welcome to the Basement 2013-2016 TV Series Himself / Rayford Steele / Donald Kaufman / ...
Extra 2016 TV Series Himself
Death Battle 2015 TV Series Dr. Tenma
The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? 2015 Documentary Himself
Wogan: The Best Of 2015 TV Series Himself
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary
Leet Fighters 2012-2014 TV Series Edward Malus / Peter Loew / Terence McDonagh / ...
Nostalgia Critic 2014 TV Series Edward Malus
And the Oscar Goes To... 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2013 TV Series Himself
Elvis Found Alive 2012 Himself
Saturday Night Live Backstage 2011 TV Special documentary Himself
Comedy Lab 2010 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2009 TV Series Terence McDonagh
Del corto a Hollywood 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired 2008 Documentary Himself
The Light and the Dark: The Making of 'Face/Off' 2007 Video documentary Himself
Horâ wo 666 bai tanoshiku miru hô'hô 2007 TV Movie Himself
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood 2007 TV Movie documentary Captain Antonio Corelli
City Confidential 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
San Sebastián 2006: Crónica de Carlos Boyero 2006 TV Movie documentary John McLoughlin
Premio Donostia a Matt Dillon 2006 TV Special Smokey (uncredited)
The Curse of Superman 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 2006 Video documentary Himself
VH1 News Presents: Hollywood Secrets Revealed - Scenes They Don't Want You to See 2006 TV Short Himself
On Location in Tulsa: The Making of 'Rumble Fish' 2005 Video short Himself
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
101 Biggest Celebrity Oops 2004 TV Special documentary Himself - #28 Francis Ford Coppola casts Sofia in Godfather 3
Bully & Rick 2004 TV Series Himself
Celebrities Uncensored 2003 TV Series Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Love Chain 2003 TV Series Himself
Sendung ohne Namen 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years 2000 TV Movie documentary H.I. McDunnough
Biography 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
100 Years at the Movies 1994 TV Short documentary Himself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987 TV Special Charlie Bodell (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 German Independence Honorary Award Oldenburg Film Festival Tribute
2016 Star of Excellence Oldenburg Film Festival Walk of Fame
2014 Charlie Chaplin Icon Award Catalina Film Festival
2013 Huading Award Huading Award Best Global Actor in a Motion Picture Joe (2013)
2009 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
2008 Yoga Award Yoga Awards Worst Foreign Actor Ghost Rider (2007)
2007 Golden Camera Golden Camera, Germany Film International
2005 Half-Life Award CineVegas International Film Festival
2005 WFCC Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Most Offensive Male Character Lord of War (2005)
2004 Barrymore Award Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards
2003 Career Achievement Award Chicago International Film Festival
2002 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Performance, Male Adaptation. (2002)
2001 American Cinematheque Award American Cinematheque Gala Tribute
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Comedy/Romance The Family Man (2000)
2001 Desert Palm Achievement Award Palm Springs International Film Festival
2001 Special Award ShoWest Convention, USA Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film
2001 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Most Annoying Fake Accent: Male Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Suspense Snake Eyes (1998)
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Drama/Romance City of Angels (1998)
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Action/Adventure Face/Off (1997)
1998 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Duo Face/Off (1997) · John Travolta
1998 Peter J. Owens Award San Francisco International Film Festival
1998 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 31 July 1998. At 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Action/Adventure The Rock (1996)
1997 Jupiter Award Jupiter Award Best International Actor Con Air (1997)
1997 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Duo The Rock (1996) · Sean Connery
1996 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996 Jupiter Award Jupiter Award Best International Actor Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996 Career Exellence Award Montréal World Film Festival
1996 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actor Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Actor Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995 Silver Seashell San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Actor Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995 STFC Award Society of Texas Film Critics Awards Best Actor Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995 Tribute to Independent Vision Award Sundance Film Festival
1989 Best Actor Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Vampire's Kiss (1988)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Left Behind (2014)
2014 BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film The Croods (2013) · Emma Stone
· Ryan Reynolds
· Catherine Keener
· Cloris Leachman
· Clark Duke
2013 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
2012 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Drive Angry (2011)
2012 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screen Couple Drive Angry (2011)
2010 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Actor The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
2010 Scream Award Scream Awards Best Superhero Kick-Ass (2010)
2010 Scream Award Scream Awards Best Fantasy Actor Kick-Ass (2010)
2010 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure Kick-Ass (2010)
2009 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Lead Performance The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
2009 Scream Award Scream Awards Best Science Fiction Actor Knowing (2009)
2008 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Ghost Rider (2007)
2007 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor The Wicker Man (2006)
2007 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screen Couple The Wicker Man (2006)
2006 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male Movie Star
2006 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Actor The Wicker Man (2006)
2005 Jupiter Award Jupiter Award Best International Actor National Treasure (2004)
2004 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Actor of the Year Adaptation. (2002)
2003 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Adaptation. (2002)
2003 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Adaptation. (2002)
2003 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Adaptation. (2002)
2003 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Adaptation. (2002)
2003 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Actor Adaptation. (2002)
2003 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Adaptation. (2002)
2003 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Adaptation. (2002) · Chris Cooper
· Brian Cox
· Cara Seymour
· Meryl Streep
· Tilda Swinton
2003 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Lead Actor Adaptation. (2002)
2003 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor Adaptation. (2002)
2003 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Adaptation. (2002)
2003 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Adaptation. (2002) · Meryl Streep
· Chris Cooper
· Tilda Swinton
· Brian Cox
2003 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Adaptation. (2002)
2003 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble Adaptation. (2002) · Chris Cooper
· Brian Cox
· Cara Seymour
· Meryl Streep
· Tilda Swinton
2003 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Adaptation. (2002)
2003 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Adaptation. (2002)
2003 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture Adaptation. (2002) · Chris Cooper
· Brian Cox
· Cara Seymour
· Meryl Streep
· Tilda Swinton
2003 VES Award Visual Effects Society Awards Best Performance by an Actor in an Effects Film Adaptation. (2002)
2002 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Adaptation. (2002)
2002 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Adaptation. (2002) · Meryl Streep
· Chris Cooper
· Tilda Swinton
· Brian Cox
· Cara Seymour
2002 Grand Special Prize Deauville Film Festival Sonny (2002)
2002 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Actor of the Year Adaptation. (2002)
2002 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Adaptation. (2002)
2002 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Performance Adaptation. (2002)
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Action Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
2001 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst On-Screen Couple Blow (2001) · Penélope Cruz
· Johnny Depp
· Tom Cruise
1999 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Duo City of Angels (1998) · Meg Ryan
1998 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor Face/Off (1997)
1998 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance Face/Off (1997)
1998 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Face/Off (1997) · John Travolta
1996 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Actor Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actor
1996 Sant Jordi Sant Jordi Awards Best Foreign Actor (Mejor Actor Extranjero) Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1993 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
1990 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Vampire's Kiss (1988)
1988 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Moonstruck (1987)
1988 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) Raising Arizona (1987)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Actor The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
1996 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
2003 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actor Adaptation. (2002)

TitleSalary
The Croods (2013) $1,000,000
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011) $7,500,000
Trespass (2011) $7,000,000
Seeking Justice (2011) $12,000,000
Drive Angry (2011) $6,000,000
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) $12,000,000
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009) $2,000,000
National Treasure (2004) $20,000,000
Adaptation. (2002) $2,000,000
Windtalkers (2002) $20,000,000
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) $7,000,000
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) $20,000,000
Bringing Out the Dead (1999) $10,000,000
Snake Eyes (1998) $16,000,000
Face/Off (1997) $6,000,000
The Rock (1996) $4,000,000
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) $240,000
Vampire's Kiss (1988) $40,000
Valley Girl (1983) $5,000

#Fact
1 Reserved a permanent tomb for himself in saint Louis cemetery New Orleans.
2 Frequently stars in films set in Las Vegas ("Honeymoon In Vegas", "Con Air", "Next", "The Trust", "Leaving Las Vegas").
3 Nicolas Cage and wife, Alice Kim, secretly separated in early January, 2016, after 11 years of marriage. They would have celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary, in August, 2016.
4 Nicolas Cage separated from wife of 12 years, Alice Kim, on 26th June, 2016. They share 10 year-old son, Kal-El.
5 Mentioned in an interview that he's a massive fan of Quentin Tarantino and expresses great interest in working with him in the future.
6 Is fond of the vibrant, multicultural city of New Orleans and frequently makes films there.
7 In 'American Horror Story', Season 3, Episode 1, whilst taking a tour of The LaLaurie Mansion on Royal Street in New Orleans, 'Madison Montgomery' (Emma Roberts), asks "Wasn't this house owned by the guy in 'Face/Off'? The tour guide replies, "Correct! The actor Nicolas Cage, was a previous owner". Cage did in-fact purchase the house in 2007. The house is considered by many, to be the most Haunted House in America.
8 His birthday is one day before Elvis Presley's, of whom he is a fan.
9 Was to have starred in 'Superman Lives' to be directed by Tim Burton but Warners canceled it.
10 Once woke up in his house at Orange County in the middle of the night to find a naked man eating a fudgesicle in front of his bed. The man was arrested by police but Cage pressed no charges.
11 Became a grandfather for the 1st time at age 50 when his son Weston Cage welcomed a son, Lucian Augustus Coppola Cage on July 1, 2014.
12 Anchorage, AK, USA: acting in The Frozen Ground (2013). [November 2011]
13 Bought the sprawling Gray Craig estate in Middletown for $15.7 million, a purchase price that ranks among the highest ever for a home in Rhode Island. [August 2007]
14 Filming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011) in Turkey. [January 2011]
15 He's selling the sprawling Gray Craig estate in Middletown, Rhode Island. [October 2008]
16 Became a father for the 1st time at age 26 when his girlfriend Christina Fulton gave birth to their son Weston Cage on December 26, 1990.
17 Stated that the reason he owned so many pieces of property in the past--including multiple castles, mansions, and an island--was to protect his money without buying stock or relying on a bank, believing that real estate was the most trustworthy way to accomplish this. However, after the real estate bubble collapsed, he sold most of his property at a loss and rescinded on his belief. He now owns a modest amount of property: a house in Las Vegas near his friends and a small cottage near Glastonbury, England.
18 On Reddit, he has an entire community devoted to him called "One True God.".
19 March 2009 - Sold Schloss Neidstein, a castle in the Bavarian village of Etzelwang.
20 Was originally cast as "Randy 'The Ram' Robinson" in The Wrestler (2008). However, Cage dropped out of the film because he felt he didn't have time to bulk up for the part and director Darren Aronofsky's heart was set on Mickey Rourke. Mickey would go on to win a Golden Globe and be nominated for an Oscar for his performance.
21 He named his five favorite films as East of Eden (1955), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Wizard of Oz (1939).
22 Despite playing her father in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Cage is 1 year younger than Helen Hunt.
23 Ex-girlfriend Christina Fulton hit Cage with a $13 million lawsuit in 2009, regarding a property transfer. They negotiated a settlement in June 2011.
24 When Cage was arrested in New Orleans and charged with alleged domestic violence against his wife, Alice, and disturbing the peace. The $11,000 needed to bail him out was posted by Duane 'Dog' Chapman, better known as "Dog the Bounty Hunter". [April 2011]
25 The historic LaLurie House on the corner of Royal and Gov. Nicholls St. in New Orleans, which Cage bought for $3,450,000 in 2007, is reputed to be haunted by the many slaves tortured and killed by Delphine LaLurie in the 1830s.
26 Is an alumnus of the children's theatre group MET2 along with Adam Lambert, Sofia Coppola, Matt McFarland, Kylie Tyndall, Keaton Tyndall, Vivian Bayubay, Nathan Norton, Derek Klena, Lauren Klena, & Roma Watkins.
27 While making an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) for the film Knowing (2009), he mentioned that he is fascinated with hang-gliding.
28 Owns the rights of the original The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963) movie, which he bought from Ted Turner, with the intention of turning it into a movie.
29 Owns homes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York City and in one in Middletown, Rhode Island, which he purchased in 2007.
30 In 2006, he donated $2 million to Amnesty International for a fund to help child soldiers.
31 2007: Bought Midford Castle (though not an actual castle) near Bath, England for an estimated price £5 million (about $10 million).
32 Former son-in-law of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley.
33 Devoted Elvis Presley fan that he is, in Wild at Heart (1990) he performed the Elvis classic "Love Me" with uncanny aplomb.
34 Owns a home in New Orleans.
35 Great-grandson of Francesco Pennino.
36 He said he realized that all great movie stars, such as Spencer Tracy, had had recognizable voices, so he has stylized his to be distinctive.
37 Auditioned for the role of Joel in Risky Business (1983), which eventually went to Tom Cruise and helped launch his career.
38 1999: Was among the guests at the wedding of Spike Jonze and Sofia Coppola. Others were George Lucas, Jason Schwartzman, Bo Barrett, Kirsten Dunst and Tom Waits.
39 Was originally considered for the role of Brad Hamilton in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), but after his audition the studio thought his performance was too dark and the role went, instead, to Judge Reinhold. Additionally, Cage was 17 at the time and could not work as many hours as actors over 18. In this film, he is credited under the name Nicolas Coppola for the first and only time.
40 Offered the role of Green Goblin/Norman Osborn in Spider-Man (2002).
41 Said in a Reader's Digest interview that his wife, Alice, is into designing jewelry and has no interest whatsoever in being an actress.
42 2006: He purchased a home on the former property of John Wayne in Newport Beach, CA, for a record-setting $24 million.
43 Considered "Blue" before settling on "Cage" as his surname.
44 Big fan of Elvis Presley.
45 Was a very close friend of late Johnny Ramone.
46 After his first film role (in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)), he adopted the stage name of Cage, because he wanted to assure himself that any success he had was based on his own merits, not the fame of his uncle, Francis Ford Coppola.
47 July 2006: Bought Schloss Neidstein, a mini castle in the Bavarian village of Etzelwang.
48 Former stepfather of Patricia Arquette's son Enzo Rossi, Riley Keough and Benjamin Keough.
49 Referred to as the "Jazz musician of acting" by David Lynch.
50 Trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Royce Gracie Nicolas Cage also trains in Wing Chun, Karate, & Jeet Kune Do.
51 Became a father for the 2nd time at age 41 when his 3rd wife Alice Kim Cage gave birth to their son Kal-el Coppola Cage on October 3, 2005. Just as Nick was named after a comic book character, "Luke Cage", so he has named his son after the comic book character "Kal-el" (aka Superman).
52 His is (along with his cousin Sofia Coppola) the third generation of Oscar winners in the Coppola family. His uncle, Francis Ford Coppola and his grandfather, Carmine Coppola, are the other two generations. They are the second family to do so, the first family is the Hustons - Anjelica Huston, John Huston and Walter Huston.
53 Attended Justin-Siena High School in Napa, CA, during the early '80s.
54 Ate a real cockroach in the film Vampire's Kiss (1988), it reportedly took three takes. He once said about the experience, "Every muscle in my body didn't want to do it, but I did it anyway."
55 Went to the same high school as Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Lenny Kravitz, David Schwimmer, Jonathan Silverman, Gina Gershon, Rhonda Fleming, Jackie Cooper, Rob Reiner, Antonio Sabato Jr., Pauly Shore, Michael Tolkin, Betty White, Corbin Bernsen, Elizabeth Daily, Albert Brooks and Crispin Glover.
56 Met his future wife, Alice Kim Cage, at a sushi bar where she was a waitress. When they married she was only 20 years old.
57 Former cousin, by marriage, of director Spike Jonze.
58 One of three actors (with Lee Marvin [Cat Ballou (1965)] and Peter Sellers [Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)]) with an Oscar nomination for playing multiple characters in a film (in Adaptation. (2002), he plays two characters, Donald and Charlie). Marvin is the only one who actually won one for a double role.
59 On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), he told Jay that he took the name "Cage" from a comic book character named Luke Cage, the "first black superhero." This is not accurate; the first black superhero in mainstream comics was Marvel's Black Panther, introduced in 1966. Luke Cage, introduced in 1972, was also preceded by: Marvel's Falcon, introduced in 1969; the black western hero, Lobo, from Dell Comics in 1965 (the first black character to star in his own title); the title character of "Waku, Prince of the Bantu," an African chieftain, introduced as part of the Atlas Comics anthology title "Jungle Tales" in 1954. When asked which of the powers he would prefer to have, he said flight was his desire.
60 Cousin of Sofia Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola.
61 Graduated UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.
62 During an A&E Biography on him, the host explained that Cage was director Sam Raimi's first choice to play Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in the movie Spider-Man (2002). Apparently this was before he met Willem Dafoe.
63 Father, August Coppola, was formerly a professor at Cal State Long Beach and Dean of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University.
64 May 2001: Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts by California State University, Fullerton and also spoke at the commencement.
65 Cousin of Robert Schwartzman, who changed his name to Robert Schwartzman-Cage inspired by Nicolas.
66 2001: Announced that he is dating Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the late Elvis Presley. They later married.
67 On his upper back he has a tattoo of monitor lizard with a top hat.
68 Tim Burton cast Cage in his doomed Superman project. Cage even did fittings of the costume.
69 1984: Listed as one of 12 "Promising New Actors of 1984" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 36.
70 Ranked #37 in Premiere's 100 most powerful people in Hollywood in 1998.
71 The Wild at Heart (1990) movie poster lists his name as both "Nicolas Cage" and "Nicholas Cage".
72 Collects comic books and sees them as being today's equivalent of mythology.
73 Loves to improvise, ocassionally to the annoyance of other cast members.
74 1997: He lived in a fake castle on the outskirts Los Angeles. He wants to import an authentic one from overseas.
75 Proposed to Patricia Arquette on the day he met her in the early 1980s. Arquette thought he was a bit strange but played along with his antics by creating a list of things Cage would have to fulfill to win her. When he started to work his way through the list, Arquette got scared and avoided him. They met again many years later and later went on to marry.
76 Grandson of Carmine Coppola.
77 Younger brother of Marc Coppola and Christopher Coppola.
78 Owns a Lamborghini that used to belong to Prince Ali-Reza Pahlavi, the former prince of Iran.
79 Stage name taken from comic book character Luke Cage.
80 Close friend of Tom Waits, Crispin Glover and Rush drummer Neil Peart.
81 Got Johnny Depp his first acting job.
82 Nephew of Francis Ford Coppola and Talia Shire.
83 Was engaged to Kristen Zang.
84 October 1997: Ranked #40 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
85 2000: Filed divorce papers in February, withdrew them in April.
86 His father was of Italian descent. His maternal grandfather was of approximately three quarters German and one quarter British Isles (English, Scottish) ancestry. His maternal grandmother was of Polish descent.

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1 [On Bringing Out the Dead] What originally attracted me to Bringing Out the Dead was the opportunity to work with Martin Scorsese.
2 (On The Wicker Man (2006)) "'I might have known that that movie was meant to be absurd."
3 I would like to hook up with one of the great Japanese filmmakers, like the master that made Ringu (1998), and I would like to take The Wicker Man (2006) to Japan, except this time he's a ghost.
4 (On eating a live cockroach for Vampire's Kiss (1988)) "Every muscle in my body didn't want to do it, but I did it anyway."
5 (On The Coen Brothers) "Joel and Ethan have a very strong vision and I've learned how difficult it is to accept another artist's vision. They have an autocratic nature."
6 There is a mischievous mind at work on The Wicker Man (2006), you know? You know what I mean? And I finally kind of said, 'I might have known that the movie was meant to be absurd.' But saying that now after the fact is OK, but to say it before the fact is not, because you have to let the movie have its own life.
7 I try to pick ans choose my material based on what I can do to challenge myself and make myself uncomfortable. Always stay a student, never be a maestro.
8 When I did Joe (2013) it was an opportunity for me to get what I call 'naked' as a film presence. It was time to not put things on top of a performance, but take things off - where I could take my life experience of the last years and find a script where I didn't have to act. Where I could just be, and not think too much about it. What was a great compliment was when my wife saw it with me in Venice and said, 'That's you'.
9 [advice to aspiring screen actors] If you're doing something really extraordinary, chances are you'll be an original. That might scare some people in the casting office. They might not know what to do with that. What I would suggest is to put a frame on it. Tape your audition. Put your performance in a frame so they can see it, and then go into the office. But I would send the tape. If you are genuinely talented, you are to be doing things that are special. So put a frame on it.
10 [on developing performance style] I [wanted]to get more 'quietude' - what Hemingway would call the taut fishing line. I wanted to have that simplicity again. Joe (2013) gave me the opportunity to explore that.. I see myself as a student. I'll hopefully do more seasoned kinds of performance as I get older.
11 [on being sought by Cher to join the cast of Moonstruck (1987)] I don't really know why she wanted me in the movie. She kept fighting for me. She saw me in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and said it was like watching a two-hour train wreck. It was pretty intimidating to be her leading man.
12 I'd love to make a movie with Jack Nicholson. I don't know why it hasn't happened yet! But I think the two of us together, would [laughs] ... I'm sure it would be something to talk about! I feel very comfortable with him and I think we would do something special together.
13 I don't take criticism seriously and I don't take praise seriously, both would be a mistake. If you buy into the negative that is the Internet today, or the cynical critic, it's not unlike listening to an abusive father that's trying to cave you in and you can't function. If you buy into praise, to people who adore you, you might get lazy and say, 'Well, I'll just keep doing that.' You have to stay uncomfortable. I learned that from David Bowie. I said, 'How do you do it? How do you keep reinventing yourself?' He said, 'I just never got comfortable with anything I was doing.' I knew those were words of wisdom from a great artist and I took those words seriously.
14 I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean. I saw him in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955). Nothing affected me - no rock song, no classical music - the way Dean affected in Eden. It blew my mind. I was like, 'That's what I want to do.' This was before everyone had a thing called a Smartphone - just being famous for famous' sake. I'm not complaining, but it really sucks to be famous right now.
15 I am in the process of reinventing myself. I am returning to my roots, which is independently spirited, dramatic characters. I had taken a year off to re-evaluate everything I had done, different kinds of performances I had done, the more operatic and more baroque stuff like Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011), Drive Angry (2011) or Season of the Witch (2011). I wanted to find something where I could use my life experience, my memories and my emotions."
16 I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean. I saw him in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955). Nothing affected me -- no rock song, no classical music -- the way Dean affected in "Eden." It blew my mind. I was like, "That's what I want to do." This was before everyone had a thing called a Smartphone, and before the advent of the "celebutard" -- just being famous for famous' sake. I'm not complaining, but it really sucks to be famous right now.
17 Now even the art of film criticism... now in the LA Times, the critic who reviewed Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), incorporated how many homes I bought or sold into the review. What the hell does Lindsay Lohan's personal life have to do with her performance in The Canyons (2013)? It should always be about the work itself. What difference does it make if Bill Clinton had an affair -- how does that affect his performance as President?
18 Sometimes your very own family that you're close to can be toxic. They take your success or your potential as a personal insult on their failure, and they beat you up or they say you'll never make it.
19 I haven't isolated myself. I am not living on a yacht somewhere. I am not tucked away or behind a gate somewhere. I am not flying on a private plane. I am going to the airport, I am with people, some of the interactions are good, some of them are not so good, but it keeps me in touch with being, you know, part of society. And I think that's necessary to stay relevant to be able to tell stories about people, which is what actors do.
20 Film acting is one of the only industries where you're criticized for working hard. In any other industry it's considered a quality and something to behold.
21 [on the most haunted place he's ever been to] There's a house I used to live in called The LaLaurie Mansion on Royal Street in New Orleans, and it's notorious as the most haunted house in the United States. I spent time in there alone in total darkness to get some inspiration to write the great American horror novel, but I didn't get far. I'm not gonna go into detail.
22 Halloween is a great holiday for any actor if you think about it. It's all about dress-up and playing characters. So yeah, it's always had a special place for me.
23 [on having a stalker] That was horrible. I mean, that's as bad as it gets: 2am and there's a naked man standing in front of your bed watching you sleep. It's not funny, but somehow people find it amusing.
24 I'm one of those guys where the more coffee I drink, the more stunts I do, the more relaxed I get.
25 There's very few things that make me laugh. Mike Myers as Austin Powers makes me laugh - that was genius - and Daffy Duck makes me laugh, but I like odd behavior. I don't like hip dialogue and one-liners and all that sort of cool, sophomoric comedy. It's just not for me.
26 I'm up for anything that will get me to the truth of a performance.
27 I hate violence. I just hate it. I read the paper every day - the New York Times, The Guardian - and I feel it, you know? It gets inside. I'm amazed that people are capable of those kinds of things to children and women.
28 I would like to see a sequel to Lord of War (2005). I think it would work really well, especially in this day and age where guns are at the center of political discussion. And also the boy in the movie, my son, there's this idea that he grows up and he goes into the trade and then I'm trying to get him out of it. I think that could be a very interesting movie.
29 Superman is an American myth. Like the English have Shakespeare.
30 I think that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011) was mentally taxing, if only because I had to go to a Christmas party shortly after I had wrapped photography in Romania at 2 in the morning as the Ghost Rider. The invitation had a Christmas ornament on it with Ghost Rider's face on it as a tree. I had a couple of schnapps and went to the party; I had not entirely let go of whatever magic I had been channelling, and all hell broke lose. In fact, I think I kept saying over and over: "Merry Christmas, you assholes!" I am lucky I'm not in a Romanian prison.
31 The first time that I played Ghost Rider (2007). Blaze was easy; I knew he was a man who had been living with a curse for 8 years of having his head light on fire, and the tone that would take. I compared him to a cop, or a paramedic who develops a dark sense of humour to cope with the horrors he has seen. But Blaze has also caused the horrors, so he's hiding out because he doesn't want to hurt anyone else. Ghost Rider was an entirely new experience, and he got me thinking.
32 (1998, Movieline Magazine) I see Miles Davis as a surrealist father of mine. He was the first person to believe in me as an actor, the one who first said he understood what I was talking about. It was on The Dick Cavett Show (1968). Before we went on he said to me, "Why aren't you wearing your leather jacket? Didn't you learn anything from Dennis Hopper?" Because I was wearing a suit. Then I went out and started talking about how if Picasso could paint surreal, why couldn't actors try to achieve that as well? Then Miles came on, and he was very considerate and he said, "I hear what you're saying." He kept looking at me like we had our own connection. Ever since then he stayed in my thoughts. He said the words I needed to hear to keep going with my choices. It's weird because my surrealist name, Cage, is actually taken from a black character, Luke Cage.
33 (1998, Movieline Magazine) I did not want to be in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986). I turned it down three times. Francis said, "I really need you to be in the movie." I read the script, which was a perfectly romantic film, but the character he wanted me to play was boring. He was the babe to Kathleen Turner's starring role. Just like women don't want to play the babe in movies, I didn't want to be Kathleen Turner's babe. I just wanted to play a character. So I thought, How can I make this guy really far out? I asked Francis about it on the phone and he said, Absolutely. I said, "I want to go really far out." He asked, "How far do you want to go?" I said, "I want to talk like Pokey" Because to me it was funny. And also, it was the way a lot of guys in high school sounded before their voices changed-they always had this high-sounding voice that would crack. When I see the movie now I'm really happy that I did that. I really am.
34 (1998 quote) What I like so much about Warhol-and he's actually influenced my acting, especially with Wild at Heart (1990)-is that he takes these icons and makes them his own, which is a brave thing to do. With acting it's not something you're supposed to do-you're never supposed to mimic or copy another person. For Wild at Heart (1990) I thought, 'Let's be Elvis'. I've always called that my Warhol performance, because I tried to subvert the image.
35 (1998, on the scariest thing that has happened to him) Years ago I was driving a car I'd bought, an Austin Healey with a V-8 engine, sort of a makeshift Cobra. I had taken it to a mechanic to put an automatic shifter in it. The mechanic did a really sloppy job. If you barely knocked the shifter it would go into separate gears. I was driving on the Hollywood Freeway and I accidentally bumped it into park. I was doing 80 mph at 10 p.m. and I started doing 360s. I wound up facing traffic, and then a Mack truck was coming at me. I thought, 'This is it, I'm dead'. The truck driver had a CB radio and said, "Put the car in reverse." I did and drove backwards until I got off at the exit, backwards!
36 (1998 quote) I was once surrounded by rattlesnakes in a rattlesnake patch with my cousin Roman when we were 16 or 17. We were fishing in Napa Valley and walked right into it. There was a huge one coiled in front of us. A bigger one, to the left, was uncoiled, so I knew he wasn't a problem. We had to go over the coiled one, so we felt trapped and paralyzed with fear. There was nowhere to run, we were surrounded. I saw this pole with a nail through it, and I knew that I had to do something, so I grabbed the pole and pounded the snake. Then it came up and started rattling and was about to strike. I killed it, but felt bad about it. I felt anything you kill you've got to eat, so I took it home, cut the poison glands out, took the rattles off and cooked it.
37 (1996, on his life) I know what I want to do, I'm doing it, but I'm still very much a student of the craft and I think I can go further. I still torment myself. I have a lot of self-doubt.
38 (1996) If I thought about awards, I would not have been able to do a movie like Leaving Las Vegas, because the word around town was that Mike [Figgis] and I were making the most unreleasable movie in Hollywood. I had some fear that the movie would not get released.
39 (1996) I do not have a religion in my life, I wasn't raised that way. My father always believed that if I was going to have a religion I should discover it on my own and not have it crammed down my throat at a young age. I kind of wish I had some religion.
40 (1996, on if he wants to do theater work) No, I have stage fright. I don't like it. I've never gotten over it.
41 (1996) I remember my prom was a complete disaster. I used bonds my grandmother had given me to rent a tuxedo and a limousine so I could go to the prom with this beautiful girl. And at the end of the night I went to kiss her and she responded. I was so nervous that my stomach got really nauseous and I said, "Excuse me" and just threw up on the street all over my shoes and my rented tux. The limo driver wouldn't let me in the car. He split and I had to walk home. That was my prom night.
42 (1996 quote) Jim Carrey and I went to George Hamilton's wine bar. He's an interesting one. He was there and had some fun stories. I told him how he was one of my heroes from the time he played Evel Knievel. We had cigars, and very expensive bottles of wine were opened, and Jim and I were going, "This is great, man." At the end of the night we got slapped with an $8,000 bill. It was at that point that George became the fox in the Pinocchio story. He happens to look quite a bit like that fox. I would not want to play cards with George Hamilton.
43 {on the recession] People are losing their jobs because of what's going on in the economy, but I want to make movies that give families something to look forward to.
44 James Dean in East of Eden (1955), the scene where he's trying to give Raymond Massey the money on his father's birthday. I was 14, I was at the New Beverly Cinema, and I said, "Oh, no, that is exactly how I feel. Oh my God, I have to do this. Nothing else ever affected me as strongly. -- on if there were any moments in his life when he realized he was going to be an actor.
45 Usually it's very cathartic. The hard stuff is when you're not feeling great and you have to do a really happy scene. -- on the personal toll acting can take on a person.
46 I don't want to minimize the effort that goes into having a career, but now with the video age, let's face it, you can write your own stories and you can make your own movies and get it out. Or go on stage somewhere in a small venue off-off-off-Broadway.
47 So many directors are so arrogant. For example, Klaus Kinski -- who Werner Herzog has a legacy with -- he was very frustrated with the arrogance. We always hear Werner's side of the story about "Klaus was this and Klaus was that" but you never get to here Klaus' side of the story. I was doing a scene (on "Bad Lieutenant") -- it was in my second day of shooting -- and we all know the imagination and preparation (required) to think I was on cocaine (for the character). There was a little bottle of baby powder, and I'm snorting that. I'm psyching up, I'm psyching up, and he comes up and says (in German accent), "Now Nicolas, what is in that vial?" And I was like, "Are you kidding me? After four hours of this you're gonna actually ask me that? Take me out of my preparation? You would think the director would understand the actor's process and give us the space and the room to do what it is we need to do.
48 (The hardest part was) trying to figure out how I was going to entertain you while playing a guy who was completely out of his mind on crack. At the same time, trying to be responsible so it didn't become an advertisement for doing drugs. The other thing is, I wasn't sure I could play the part totally sober, which I was. In Leaving Las Vegas (1995), I had a few drinks between scenes to get to a certain feeling, to get to a certain truth. But with this I was trying to look at it more impressionistically from a landscape of maybe 25 years ago to see what would come out of that filter of my imagination. -- on the toughest aspect of preparing for Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
49 I was being stalked by a mime - silent but maybe deadly. Somehow, this mime would appear on the set of set of Bringing Out the Dead (1999) and start doing strange things. I have no idea how it got past security. Finally, the producers took some action and I haven't seen the mime since. But it was definitely unsettling.
50 [on Face/Off (1997)] Without tooting my own horn - I think it's a masterpiece.
51 [on making his character in Knowing (2009) a single father] I have seen a lot of movies with single mothers and their children. They're good, but there are not so many with capable single fathers. There seems to be this archetype that if you're a man and single, you're incapable of raising a child, which I think needs to be broken. If you find yourself in that position - like I have - it's important not to give up because of what people tell you.
52 There is a method of thought that says it's better to stay mysterious, make yourself an event so when you come out, people have a hunger to see you again. I can think of some superstars who adopt that principle, where they are very selective. But we are all going to get older, and there is something to be said about doing some of your best work when you are younger, when you still have that virility, something visceral and raw. I've heard there have been some actors who've regretted not doing more work when they were under fifty. (On why he works so much)
53 I remember when I met Johnny Depp, he was a guitar player from Florida, and he had no idea he could be an actor. I said, "I really think you are an actor, that you have that ability." That was just from playing one game of Monopoly with him. I sent him to my agent and he has gone on to carve out a successful career.
54 What happens is, you become different people in your path as an actor. When I was doing those things, I was a very new actor. I didn't have a lot of training, and I was trying to make some sort of impact, because that was what was important for me at the time - to get on the map. There were things I would do that were more shocking, or approaches I would do to try and live the character, because I didn't have the training. But then, as I went on, I started to find other methods, ways to get into characters that weren't exactly destroying my life. (On the wild eccentrics he used to get into character earlier in his career)
55 When I did Vampire's Kiss (1988), I got so wound up. It was so important to me that this vision I had of Peter Lowe's character get on film exactly the way that I wanted it, that I frankly don't think I was very easy for anyone to live with. Certainly, I was not easy for myself to live with. I remember that I wasn't drinking or anything at the time. One night I felt so wound up that I was about to snap. I ordered a martini. And I just relaxed, and I could tell my body really needed a rest. From then on, I learned you can do good work without torturing yourself.
56 It's good to make movies that are tragedies, where people can think about things in life that are undeniable, that everyone has to deal with. But at the same time, it's also healing to make movies that are entertaining, that are a lot of fun, where you don't have to think about your problems.
57 [Pablo Picasso] said art is a lie that tells the truth. What if you just want to tell the truth and not lie about it?
58 I needed to change my name just to liberate myself and find out I could do it without walking into a Hollywood casting office with the name Coppola.
59 It's very risky for an actor who's a bankable star to make pictures like The Weather Man (2005) or Lord of War (2005) because they inevitably promote them like big studio releases. And they're not big studio movies, they're more edgy, thought-provoking, independent-spirited films. What happens is, it goes into the computer, and everyone says they can't open the movie because they thought it was X when it actually was Y.
60 I want to make all kinds of movies. I do want to make big movies that are a lot of fun to go to, but I also want to make movies that are going to stimulate some thought and maybe raise some awareness. And so please don't think you're gonna go on a roller-coaster ride with those movies.
61 I'm at the point now where I know I'm doing something right when a movie gets mixed reviews, because then I'm not in the box. I don't want to make it too easy for people and I don't want to make it too easy for myself. I want to try something unusual. I feel good about the bad reviews because I feel like I've affected them on some level. They may not know what I was trying to do but they felt something.
62 Hollywood didn't know if I was an actor or a nut or if I was this crazy character I was playing. I had developed an image of being a little bit unusual, different and wild.
63 [about his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley] I'm sad about this, but we shouldn't have been married in the first place.
64 I am not a demon. I am a lizard, a shark, a heat-seeking panther. I want to be Bob Denver on acid playing the accordion.
65 There's a fine line between the Method actor and the schizophrenic.
66 To be a good actor you have to be something like a criminal, to be willing to break the rules to strive for something new.

#Trademark
1 Low-sounding voice.
2 Sharp dark, pointy eyebrows and striking blue eyes.
3 Often plays eccentric wisecracking characters
4 Often plays flamboyant and/or eccentric characters (Ronny Cammareri in Moonstruck (1987), Sailor Ripley in Wild at Heart (1990), Ben Sanderson in Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman in Adaptation. (2002)).

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