Top 11 Nic Cage moments
Ivan Radford | On 08, Aug 2013Reading time: 3 mins
It’s impossible to have a week dedicated to Nicolas Cage without remembering some of his finest moments of Nic Cage-ness.
From his obsession with filing to his table-flipping skills, here are the best Nic Cage moments from the big screen:
11. “Bread is life” – Moonstruck
You know as soon as you read the words “Nic Cage plays a one-armed baker” that you’re in for a good time and Moonstruck doesn’t disappoint. it’s a rom-com that sees Cage’s handicapped dough boy pair up with Cher – but that isn’t even the most ridiculous part. That falls to young Nic’s rant halfway through, delivered with a tight vest, sweaty chest and a whole heap of conviction.
“They say bread is life,” he begins. Do they? Really?
10. Table flip – Snake Eyes
You can’t beat a good table flip. Correction: You can’t beat a Nic Cage table flip. In many societies, Nic Cage is a table flipping God.
9. Good call, baby doll – Kick-Ass
What’s the sign of a good superhero? The size of his utility belt? The hairiness of his moustache? The volume of his Adam West impression? The affection he shows for his daughter? Nope. It’s his ability to shoot said daughter. Repeatedly – and still make it seem like an act of kindness. Depraved and adorable.
8. Can we get a cup of coffee? – The Rock
It takes a lot of charisma to hold your own in a film where Sean Connery’s punches through a glass window. Even when he’s not screaming his face off, Nic Cage does it.
7. Haggis! – National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Who do you call when you want to make a scene? Call Nic Cage. Then get him to say “Haggis” in an English accent.
6. Iguana – Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Werner Herzog and Nic Cage working on the same film? Bad Lieutenant was always going to be a little bit bonkers. But no one expected this drug-addled madness, full of imaginary iguanas. “There ain’t no iguanas,” says his sidekick. Amazingly, when Nic Cage says there are, you believe him.
5. Prickly Pear – Leaving Las Vegas
Yes, Nic. Yes, you are.
4. Life begins – Adaptation
“And then… DINOSAURS.” The greatest on-screen depiction of writer’s block of all time – interrupted by Nic Cage playing his own twin brother.
3. Face… off – Face/Off
There aren’t words to do justice to the subtext, meaning and craziness going on in this scene. Unless you count our 1,500-word essay on the importance of Nic Cage’s face in Face/Off, which we wrote this week.
2. Nic Cage teaches the alphabet – Vampire’s Kiss
After being bitten by a woman during a steamy New York night, Nic Cage’s literary agent becomes convinced he’s turning into a vampire. What follows is a string of bizarre physical and verbal tics that out-Nic Cages anything else in his entire career. Even the simple act of reading the alphabet becomes an operatic dance between insanity and correct administrative procedure. Mesmerising.
1. Bunny back in the box – Con Air
One of the most quotable lines from any action film – and, unlike many other Nicolas Cage lines, it won’t make you seem completely mental or get you arrested.
As Stolen arrives on DVD and VOD, we present a CAGE WEEK, seven days devoted to celebrating the boggly-eyed, big-grinned, strange-haired insanity that is Nicolas Cage.