I recently saw the below YouTube clip, Nicolas Cage Losing His Shit, at a Bad Movie Nite screening at one of my local theaters, Studio 35. I could not stop laughing while watching it and felt compelled to share it with all of you.
I’ve been a fan of Nic Cage throughout the years but only recently have I truly embraced crazy Nic Cage. Cage’s roles of recent have gotten weirder and seemingly more over the top. I thought maybe he was losing his mind and we were seeing his descent into madness on screen. However, I now think that I was terribly wrong in thinking that. I believe there is a method to his madness and it’s something that I think he has complete control over. His approach to his craft has now been coined as something called “mega acting.” It’s something he openly talks about and is appreciative of when people recognize what he’s attempting. What I didn’t fully realize is that this style of acting has been present his entire career. The clip below definitely highlights this fact and I think I’m in dire need of going back through his filmography and checking out some of his earlier works, especially Vampire’s Kiss. Seeing Cage run through the street yelling “I’m a vampire! I’m a vampire!” in that voice cracks me up to no end.
Cage’s most recent performance as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance easily sits among one of my favorite roles of his. I laughed so hard during that movie and enjoyed every minute of his manic performance. It also didn’t hurt that Crank/Crank 2‘s Neveldine and Taylor brought their own flavor to the superhero film.
I realize that not everyone shares my love of crazy Nic Cage, so I am curious, what do you think of Cage and his performances? Do you embrace the insanity like I do or do you avoid it? If you enjoy him, what are some of your favorite roles of his? I, for one, am glad Cage is around to bring the world his brand of weird. I sincerely hope that when Crank 3 happens Neveldine and Taylor get to do what they want to, put Nicolas Cage up on screen with Jason Statham in the craziest movie ever.
I also found an interview with Cage over at Screen Junkies from back in November. He talks about his process as well as the YouTube video. It’s worth a read if crazy Nic Cage interests you. You can check it out here.