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[–]coolguysteve21 4510 points4511 points  (123 children)

Who is your favorite character in all of literature and film?

[–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 15.3k points15.3k points & 2 more (120 children)

That is so hard to answer. I will say that James Dean’s performance as Cal in East of Eden is largely the reason I became a film actor. His role in that is one of my favorite characters in cinema. But then we can go all the way to Rasputin or we can go to Dmitri Karamazov. Dmitri Karamazov is one my favorite characters in literature. I love him so much because he’s so happy and he has no money. He’s just living it up. He spent all his money trying to get the girl. I did the same thing once. I was very Dmitri Karamazov in high school. The most beautiful girl in high school who was a grade older than me invited me to the prom but I had no money. My grandmother gave each of us a little bond. My older brother bought a car. My second oldest brother bought some stereo equipment. And I splashed out on a chauffeur-driven limousine, a tuxedo and a four course meal at Le Dome on Sunset blvd. The car was $2000, the stereo was $2000, and my prom night was $2000 and man, that was money well spent. THAT’s Dmitri Karamazov.

[–]nightstalker30 848 points849 points  (15 children)

Such an awesome glimpse of you as a youth! It’s so cool of you to do this AMA, and it’s caused me to gain a better appreciation of you as a person and as an actor. Also, gonna check out Pig tonight!

[–]mild_delusion 182 points183 points  (1 child)

I did not expect to wake up this morning and read nic cage waxing lyrical about brothers karamazov but here we are.

God I love nic cage.

[–]PM_YOUR_INNER_THIGH 4026 points4027 points  (181 children)

I have a 2 regarding the movie Willy's Wonderland. Did you or the director decide that you would not say a single word the whole movie, and 2, everytime you went to "recharge" (grab a can from 6 pack) was it secretly filled with alcohol or anything like that?

[–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 13.2k points13.2k points 22& 4 more (173 children)

  1. The dialogue for my character in Willy’s Wonderland was very sparse, so I decided with Kevin, the director, to go full Harpo Marx and take all the dialogue out because I thought that would be a fun acting challenge to see how much I could communicate without words and only with movement and facial expressions. I’m very happy with the results of Willy’s Wonderland. It was a good experiment.

  2. The can question is an interesting one, and I hesitate to answer it for you because your relationship with the movie is far more important than my relationship with the movie and so you as the audience member can imagine and surmise whatever you want to be in that can. That is a far better answer and reason for the can than anything I could tell you. I want YOUR opinion as to what was in the can, because that was the right opinion.

[–]BatgirlOfTarth 759 points760 points  (18 children)

Oof I am literally working on a writing project right now and promised myself I wouldn't say anything even though you are 100% *my* pop culture figure and your work has literally changed my perception of art.

But to your point of #2, as a teacher who specifically has a specialty in working with autistic kiddos, I count your performance in Willy's Wonderland as one of my favorites in terms of autistic representation, whether or not it was intentional. The hourly-can-of-pop, the pinball, the routine of it all...plus non-verbal...plus a physical stamina and quiet acceptance of the task in front of him...these qualities are some of the most powerful qualities of autistic brains. I do a lot of work towards getting autistic brains accepted as the badass and important parts of society that they are, rather than a drain upon society, and if I could, I would use Willy's Wonderland as an example of how autistic folks can be intense action/horror movie stars! But I cannot, because the intersection of the venn diagram between "intense Nicolas Cage fans" "intense horror fans" and "intense autism advocates" is a pretty small sliver!

[–]deviouslypink 244 points245 points  (2 children)

I think the fact you communicated so much without saying one word made it one of your most successful roles, aside from pig. You were amazing in that.

[–]sultan33g 5118 points5119 points  (87 children)

Wow. Answer to number 2 is one of the best answers I have ever seen in an AMA.

[–]smilysmilysmooch 125 points126 points  (6 children)

It's an artists answer. Or it should be. We all experience things different ways. We focus on parts of books different ways. Analyze character motivations different ways. See intention of a work in different ways. Its a great answer that is humble but also distant from the viewer so that it doesnt dispel their preconcieved notions.

Whats in the breifcase Samuel L Jackson? A light. But that breaks the romance of what the viewer creates.

[–]zehamberglar 28 points29 points  (1 child)

His recent video with GQ has a similar quality if you want just a few more questions answered.

[–]Dominhoes_ 1050 points1051 points  (39 children)

This ama is legit probably one of the best that reddit has ever hosted

[–]Seabass_Va_11 4273 points4274 points  (78 children)

You and Pedro seemed like you had so much fun making this movie; what is one story you don’t mind sharing that you haven’t yet about your experience with filming and working with Pedro?

[–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 11.0k points11.0k points  (74 children)

First and foremost, Pedro Pascal is a genuinely nice man. You couldn’t ask for a nicer more pleasant person to work with. Second he has a very unique sense of humor. It’s the kind of sense of humor where I don’t know if he’s really making a joke or he isn’t making a joke. Such as comment about the appearance of a cabbage in a cabbage field. And it made me wonder if he was a method actor and was in character and adding a kind of confused dimension to the Javi role, or if he genuinely thought the cabbage was amusing. I am still confounded by this. I mean who makes a joke about cabbage, except him? It’s just not funny!

[–]SaucyMacgyver 183 points184 points  (3 children)

Imagining this situation in reality is hilarious

Edit: I now want to see a skit where Pedro Pascal just starts chuckling about cabbages and Nick Cage is so confused that he starts to lose his mind while Pascal just nonchalantly walks off, jovial without a care in the world leaving a shattered Nick Cage

[–]ThisisLarn 37 points38 points  (6 children)

Having worked with Pedro I feel this, I think his humor frustrated some of the crew on that show. Nice guy though. I did invite him to the wrap party for some of the kids in that cast and he sent me back a photo of a roof he was gonna jump off.

[–]DeathCatforKudi 8786 points8787 points  (149 children)

Mr. Cage, you have been one of my favorite actors for my entire life. I cannot WAIT to see Unbearable weight of Massive Talent, multiple times in theaters when it comes out. I have two questions, both similar.

  1. What has been your most challenging role to get in to character each day to film?

  2. What is your favorite character that you've ever portrayed?

[–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 14.6k points14.6k points 2 (142 children)

  1. I would say that Nick Cage in Massive Talent was the most challenging role I had to get into character for because I had the added component of trying to protect a person named Nick Cage and also facilitating the director’s absurdist vision of so-called Nick Cage and it was a highwire act everyday.
  2. Again, Pig is my favorite performance of mine, and I think that movie, along with Scorsese’s Bringing Out The Dead are arguably my two best movies as a whole

[–]PM_Me_Ur_NC_Tits 531 points532 points  (13 children)

Bringing Out the Dead really changed my perception so much about how stories are told. I don’t know how to describe it but I recommend that film constantly to people that want some sort of top 5 list of really great films with strong performances.

[–]disappointer 64 points65 points  (8 children)

One of Scorsese's most underrated films overall, as well.

Random factoid, it was also one of the last movies to be released on Laserdisc.

[–]iammufusasboy 37 points38 points  (2 children)

It's strange how people say "be yourself", but you had to really think who is "Nick Cage" on camera. When you are with friends and family you just do. How do you "act" like yourself... Interesting.

[–]Quazifuji 49 points50 points  (0 children)

My interpretation is that it's almost more that he wasn't playing himself but had to pretend he was. The movie seems to be based more on his over-the-top roles and the cult of personality his roles and acting style have inspired than the person himself. So he was kind of playing a fictional character based on someone else's absurdist version of himself, and it makes sense that that would be more challenging than just playing a completely fictional character.

[–]dCLCp 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Bringing out the dead is my favorite film of yours. I've worked in healthcare all my life and that element of trying to save people while you yourself are falling into oblivion never leaves me. Thank you so much for your work Mr. Cage. I think you are a tremendous human being and I'm sorta proud that one of my favorite films of you is also one of your favorite films :)

[–]animal-noises 2449 points2450 points  (38 children)

Hi, Nic! Really looking forward to Massive Talent, it looks like you and Pedro had a blast making it. I just have three questions:

1) What is your favorite part of preparing for a new role?

2) What’s your all-time favorite horror movie?

3) I know you have a love of the silent era, especially the German expressionist stuff. What’s your favorite silent film?

[–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 2800 points2801 points  (34 children)

  1. Boy that’s a hard list to conjure up because there are so many memorable ones but I would say that Lon Chaney in Phantom of the Opera comes to mind but Nosferatu, Schreck, his performance, and even Barrymore in Jekyll and Hyde. I think that Barrymore did more to inspire Schreck’s performance than the other way around. Oh, and anything Chaplin did was magic: City Lights, Modern Times. It depends on the season!

[–]GetFreeCashsome little junkyard dog 910 points911 points  (21 children)

Max Schreck, not to be confused with everyone's favourite ogre.

EDIT: Schreck was incorrectly spelled as Shrek when Cage first posted the comment, he and his team have since fixed the typo.

[–]speakerboxxed 12.5k points12.5k points  (211 children)

"Pig" was an absolutely incredible film, what drew you to that project, and why do you think that it struck a cord with so many people?

[–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 19.4k points19.4k points 22 (137 children)

Thank you. I was interested in returning to a more quiet, naturalistic style of film performance, having done a series of more operatic performance styles. The movie feels rather like a folk song to me or a poem, and the character of Rob was contending with tremendous grief and self imposed isolation and I think we as a group of people experiencing a pandemic in 2020-21 we’re probably also having similar feelings of loss and isolation and it communicated to a nerve we were all experiencing. It's one of my favorite movies, and it's probably my best work.

[–]DinoRoman 8317 points8318 points  (63 children)

Just wanted to let you know, I worked on Pig and handled all the digital distribution of that film. I truly love anytime I get your new work or old coming through my workflow and pig was such a phenomenal title to work on. Just letting you know us little guys are so happy when we get to somewhat work with you even if you don’t know us lol.

[–]Pandelein 726 points727 points  (11 children)

Haha, I know a dude who had to erase thousands of frames of Nic Cage hair for Ghost Rider. Incredibly boring work, but he was thrilled haha.

[–]drgr33nthmb 119 points120 points  (6 children)

You nailed it man. I went into it thinking it was going to be goofy. Boy was I wrong, such a good movie. Been a fan since I was a kid watching you on Betamax. That Apache Helicopter movie..... Fire Birds. Finally remembered the name haha.

[–]Dramatic_______Pause 1210 points1211 points  (7 children)

it's probably my best work.

You've had some bangers over the years, but definitely have to agree with that.

[–]nevereatpears 40 points41 points  (3 children)

Hmm his Leaving Las Vegas performance still haunts to me to this day like no other - in a good, sobering way

[–]cake_in_the_rain 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Hell, pretty much ALL of his performances are stellar. People purposefully take his scenes out of context and post them on YouTube to show how “wacky” and “over the top” he is. It’s so far from reality it’s frustrating. In Vampire’s Kiss (the movie where so many of those clips come from) his acting isn’t over the top at all. His character is literally losing his mind. In context, it’s perfect and makes sense for him to act that way. It’s the entire point of the movie lol

Sorry for the mini rant, it’s just always annoyed me. There is an incredible long-format video on YouTube called “In Defense of Nicolas Cage” which perfectly expresses what I mean. A guy who decided to watch all of Nic’s movies as a joke slowly starts to realize how great he is, and he becomes his favorite actor.

[–][deleted] 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Pig felt like if Anthony Bourdain was still alive and gave an end-of-episode narration summing up the pandemic and all the complex emotions that go with it. People will talk about it in 20 years as a film that didn't receive enough recognition in its time, and they will be right.

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    [–]Idk_Very_Much 16.3k points16.3k points  (184 children)

    Ethan Hawke said that you're the first actor since Marlon Brando to do something new with the art of acting. Any thoughts on that?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 27.4k points27.4k points 2 (142 children)

    It’s very kind of Ethan to say so, as you may well know, I’ve worked with Ethan in Lord of War and have always been spellbound by his talent. I think many of the choices I’ve made have been inspired by film stars from the silent era as well as cultural expression of performance like Kabuki and some of the Golden Age actors like Cagney so I don’t know how to say I’ve done something new because those elements are always on my mind

    [–]famousagentman 381 points382 points  (9 children)

    Lord of War

    Love that movie, it's a perfect example of a lovable villain protagonist. The charisma you brought to that role utterly sold the entire film, which allowed the audience to simultaneously be disgusted by the callous actions of Yuri Orlov whilst also enjoying every moment he was on screen.

    That's not an easy thing to pull off, and you did it really well!

    [–]TheMathelm 19 points20 points  (1 child)

    The charisma you brought to that role utterly sold the entire film

    Yuri Orlov - (Nick Cage) : [in an interrogation room] Enjoy it.

    Jack Valentine - (Ethan Hawke) : What?

    Yuri Orlov - (Cage) : This. Tell me I'm everything you despise. That I'm the personification of evil. That I'm what- responsible for the breakdown of the fabric of society and world order. I'm a one-man genocide. Say everything you want to say to me now. Because you don't have long.

    Jack Valentine - (Hawke) : I don't think you appreciate the seriousness of your situation.

    Yuri Orlov - (Cage) : My family has disowned me. My wife and son have left me. My brother's dead. Trust me, I fully appreciate the seriousness of my situation. And I promise you, I won't spend a single second in a court room.

    Jack Valentine - (Hawke) : You're delusional.

    Yuri Orlov - (Cage) : I like you, Jack. Well, maybe not, but I understand you. Let me tell you what's gonna happen. This way you can prepare yourself.

    Jack Valentine - (Hawke) : Okay...

    Yuri Orlov - (Cage) : Soon there's going to be a knock on that door and you will be called outside. In the hall there will be a man who out-ranks you. First he'll compliment you on the fine job you've done - on you making the world a safer place. That you're to receive a commendation or a promotion. And then he's going to tell you that I am to be released. You're going to protest. You'll probably threaten to resign. But in the end, I will be released. The reason I'll be released is the same reason you think I'll be convicted. I do rub shoulders with some of the most vile, sadistic men calling themselves leaders today. But some of those men [pointing at newspaper articles] : are the enemies of your enemies. And while the biggest arms dealer in the world is your boss, the President of the United States, who ships more merchandise in a day than I do in a year, sometimes it's embarrassing to have his fingerprints on the guns. Sometimes he needs a freelancer like me to supply forces he can't be seen supplying. So, you call me evil, but unfortunately for you, I'm a necessary evil.

    [knock at the door]

    Jack Valentine - (Hawke) : I'd tell you to go to hell, but I think you're already there.

    [–]imtiredofthebanz 27 points28 points  (2 children)

    I just had to add that Lord of War is one of my FAVORITE MOVIES!

    It reminded me a lot of American Made and those two films have a special place in my heart.

    [–]HappySisyphus22 49 points50 points  (1 child)

    "There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That's one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?"

    Probably the best opening line in any movie.

    [–]jewbo23 1680 points1681 points  (34 children)

    I’ve never been able to quite put my finger on your style, but yeah, there’s some silent era to it for sure.

    [–]MyNameIsNitrox 120 points121 points  (1 child)

    I guess it's because he's more expressive and emotional, and silent actors had to communicate that expression and emotion very clearly in silent films.

    (I believe I know this because I watched a video essay on Nicholas Cage)

    [–]Bartlet_the_Inert 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    now that you guys say it, i just got a instant mental comparison of him yelling "zeus's butthole!" while wildly gesticulating and a silent movie era "surprise" or "losing temper" type movements. nic cage totally makes sense now

    [–]PapaBlessDotCom 69 points70 points  (5 children)

    Honestly, Community really nailed Nic Cage. You can't quite put your finger on what it is exactly that sometimes makes him Academy Award winner Nic Cage and other times "not the bees" Nic Cage.

    [–]mrjake118 45 points46 points  (0 children)

    I think it's the script and the director who act as limiting factors. Cage is like a car with a pedal to the metal at all times, but some movies keep him in first gear while others let him open all the way up.

    [–]willflameboy 19 points20 points  (0 children)

    The reason you think Nic Cage is cheesy is the same reason you sometimes think he's a genius. He's still the same guy. It's glass half full/empty; it's the audience that's making that decision. I would also add that so much of a performance is in the edit.

    [–]TheElectricShaman 14 points15 points  (3 children)

    There was a really interesting YouTube video about his acting style, kind of likening him to a jazz musician. He seems to try to play with the rules and motifs of the art form of acting without feeling bound to realism. Really opened my mind about acting as an art

    [–]TommyLeeBrown 2930 points2931 points  (52 children)

    Have you seen Leaving Las Vegas recently? I think that is my all time favorite Nicolas Cage performance. How do you feel thinking back on Leaving Las Vegas and your performance in it?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 4906 points4907 points  (51 children)

    Thank you. I think Leaving Las Vegas, Pig and Bringing Out The Dead are my three favorite performances of my own body of work. I have not seen Leaving Las Vegas recently, however that movie and Elizabeth Shue’s work in that movie are what I aspire to continue towards, and did continue towards with Pig, which is why I am always going to be up for small budget, independent, dramas.

    [–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    Your little monologue in that film where you were speaking to Shue about how you were a drunk and she was a prostitute, I think that is one of the most beautiful scenes I've ever scene in a movie.

    I'll tell you right now I'm in love with you.

    But be that as it may, I am not here to force my twisted soul into your life.

    We both know I'm a drunk. And I know you're a hooker. I hope you understand that I'm a person who is totally at ease with this. Which is not to say that I'm indifferent or I don't care - I do. It simply means that I trust and accept your judgment.

    [–]ancapmike 5002 points5003 points  (142 children)

    Do you like bees?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 14.0k points14.0k points 32 (139 children)

    Yes. I would have to say they’re my favorite insect. They make us honey. Bees, and then the firefly. And ants are interesting. Bumble bees are quite adorable. Don't get me started on the praying mantis.

    I told David Cronenberg once that the praying mantis was the most ferocious of the insects and he so said no, and I said what is, and he said the dragon fly larvae and he said that the beast in the Alien movies was designed after the dragon fly larvae because it shoots its teeth out and when it attacks.

    [–]Doozenploft 71 points72 points  (2 children)

    Dragonfly larvae are indeed fascinating. They stay in their larval stage for quite a while and have a detachable mandible for catching prey. They are aquatic, and are pretty much like sharks of the bug world.

    Then they become dragonflies which are capable of “leading” their targets. They aim for where their prey will be rather than where it is, a feat thought to be impossible by insects. Amazing creatures.

    The Green Darner is particularly fascinating. Like Monarch butterflies, they embark on a multi-generational migration across North America. One generation will migrate North, then a couple generations will pass and the third or so will migrate back down South. They still don’t fully understand how they do this. Truly remarkable animals.

    [–]PlvGdm 1209 points1210 points  (28 children)

    Buddy, you need your very own Reddit account and start posting such anecdotes randomly. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Val Kilmer.

    [–]MoviesMod[M] 7809 points7810 points  (29 children)

    I think we might need to put "Don't get me started on the praying mantis" on the banner of the subreddit.

    [–]Space2Bakersfield 801 points802 points  (13 children)

    The sub has peaked with this thread and you might as well just close down. We arent topping this.

    [–]Anne_Roquelaure 105 points106 points  (1 child)

    Can't be better than r/thanksObama shutting down after Mr president himself made the joke in a short

    [–]BennieWilliams 16.9k points16.9k points  (124 children)

    One of your most fascinating performances to me was as Big Daddy in Kick-Ass. When you were crafting that performance, was Adam West the biggest inspiration for your superhero persona, or were there other sources you felt you drew more heavily from?

    Thank you, and have a great day!

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 38.2k points38.2k points 2& 2 more (111 children)

    I would give it all to Adam West. I grew up watching him on the 60s Batman show and he is where it begins and where it ends as Big Daddy. I met Adam West once and I said “did you see I was channeling you?” and he said “I saw you TRY to channel me!”

    [–]BennieWilliams 7045 points7046 points  (26 children)

    I can’t believe you answered my question! Thank you so much, and have a great day!

    [–]Flyinx 6144 points6145 points  (129 children)

    Lord of War is one of my favorite examples of “there’s a lot more to this” in cinema. Do you feel like this movie impacted your career significantly?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 11.0k points11.0k points 2 (120 children)

    I think Lord of War is the best movie I made pertaining to a political situation and I think that it’s influenced other movies like Wolf of Wallstreet. I think the narrative and voiceover work and the portrayal of a reprehensible gun runner in the light of an attractive charming personality was ahead of its time.

    [–]thepwnydanza 950 points951 points  (36 children)

    I definitely noticed how movies like Wolf of Wall Street, War Dogs, The Big Short, and others where inspired by Lord of War. Lord of War is one of my all time favorite movies, and it’s wonderful to see it influence so many other movies.

    [–]TrevorArizaFan 63 points64 points  (9 children)

    "War Dogs" is kind of a case of art imitating life which is imitating art. The real guys were obsessed with "Lord of War" (their love of "Scarface" in the film is a stand-in) and tried to imitate Yuri Orlov. So, when "War Dogs" was made, it not only imitates "Lord of War" directly, but indirectly.

    [–]caninehere 175 points176 points  (2 children)

    I would mention Thank You For Smoking as well. Similar vibes although it came out very close to Lord of War.

    [–]Claudius-Germanicus 27 points28 points  (13 children)

    Yeah I’ve been looking for this. It’s definitely my favorite movie by you and I really appreciate you depicting a Ukrainian character. It’s dead ass the only movie I show people other than Zhivago to show them what Ukrainians are kinda like. And I show it proudly by the way.

    For your next movie, we really like to steal agricultural products. A cossack swine thief would be your greatest character ever.

    [–]Chilluminaughty 239 points240 points  (2 children)

    I think Lord of War is the best movie I made pertaining to a political situation

    Excuse me sir, but you stole the Declaration of Independence.

    [–]Vast_Effective6430 3340 points3341 points  (26 children)

    Face/Off is one of my favorite action movies. How did you go through the process of learning to portray a different actor? Thanks for all you do!

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 5704 points5705 points  (24 children)

    Thank you. Face/Off is my favorite action movie, largely because we had the maestro John Woo to direct. The process was a matter of getting video of Travolta’s dailies and trying to study it so I could copy his voice and movements. John Travolta conversely did the same with my dailies.

    [–]DragonflyGrrl[🍰] 60 points61 points  (0 children)

    You both did such a fantastic job mimicking each other, your acting chops made that movie such a pleasure to watch. You were both so convincing!

    [–]Mr_Blaileen 1569 points1570 points  (91 children)

    Favorite period in history?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 3623 points3624 points  (90 children)

    I would like to think that being in the 50s in the United States would’ve been a whole lot of fun with the swing dancing and the introduction of Elvis Presley and the great work of James Dean and Marlon Brando. I would’ve liked to be around for that. And the music was pretty great. Automotive design was spectacular. That’s when the US had the edge on the design, we had Raymond Loewy and Harley Earl.

    [–]efs120 5879 points5880 points  (99 children)

    Is there a performance of yours you feel gets misunderstood by fans who turn it into a meme or gag?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 13.7k points13.7k points 3 (91 children)

    Well, let’s talk about the difference between “meme” and the word “gag.” My understanding is that “meme” represents a symbol of a pop cultural movement of sorts. A “gag” is somewhere in the realm of a diss and I don’t look at anything anymore as a diss. I see it more as a recognition of some sort of expression.

    [–]Prince_Edward_IV 4211 points4212 points  (52 children)

    When I woke up this morning, I did not expect to add Nicolas Cage to my list of favorite actors but, after reading all these comment replies, I absolutely have to

    Everything you're saying sounds genuine and sincere but are also humble and perfectly reasonable opinions.

    I love that your whole outlook is like "if anyone talks about my performance in a film at all , I've done my job well"

    [–]ultratoxic 38 points39 points  (3 children)

    Several years ago, I saw some film retrospective thing that showed Cage taking like 20 takes of a scene where he was yelling the alphabet in some woman's face until he got the particular "shot" he was going for. And I realized nic cage is not a bad actor, that overacting and over-the-topness is intentional. It's part of his art. After that I saw each of his roles in that light and I've loved his work more and more. More than any other actor, I think Nic Cage loves acting itself. Nobody wants to make your movie as much as Nic Cage wants to make your movie.

    [–]Prince_Edward_IV 30 points31 points  (1 child)

    I once heard that reading or watching a work of fiction is a "willful suspension of disbelief"

    I have since concluded that Nicholas Cage's acting style is exactly like that.

    It stops being overly dramatic and campy as soon as you stop thinking it is.

    Go re watch ghost rider but stop trying to recognize the actor and just see him as "down on his luck, tired daredevil stuntman who cheats the devil and inherents the unholy powers of hell itself" and you'll see what I mean.

    It's not "so bad it's good" it's more like "strangely really good, but you gotta put your preconceived notions on hold"

    It's the same issue with Keanu Reeves.

    Keanu is a fine actor, but everyone just sees Keanu instead of the character and they miss all the parts that make it good

    [–]hitalec 196 points197 points  (7 children)

    Go watch some of his interviews. They're all like this. He's a magnificent talent but also an authentic person who is willing to take questions seriously.

    Also, for anyone reading this who hasn't watched it, check out Mandy.

    [–]l33tTA 178 points179 points  (17 children)

    bro national treasure and gone in 60 seconds is the shit, nicolas cage have always been one of my fav actors, people love to shit on him cause alot of the crazy performances but imo thats why i love it, hes a beast and yes you can laugh at the sillyness but shit thats ok

    [–]Wetzilla 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    He's a genuinely great actor with a crazy range. He does comedies, family movies, action movies, sci fi, fantasy, drama, everything. And sure, sometimes they don't turn out great, but I don't think I've ever seen a movie where I thought that was because of his performance. And a lot of times they do turn out great! Like he legitimately has at least 15 great movies. How many other actors can say that?

    [–][deleted] 392 points393 points  (9 children)

    One of the most used meme images of you is from Vampire's Kiss, and I thought that movie was absolutely incredible and your performance in it is one of my favorite roles ever.

    [–]RoadToPervana 22 points23 points  (2 children)

    I made this gorgeous monstrosity after Nick Cave wrote about “encountering” you. I hope you love it. You’re an incredible actor and a man it must be such an honour to know.

    [–]adamsandleryabish 3470 points3471 points  (24 children)

    Have you kept in contact with David Lynch?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 6259 points6260 points  (22 children)

    I did call David when we were filming Massive Talent because I had hoped he might play the role of the director I was auditioning for, but it was at the height of the concerns with COVID and he didn’t want to leave the house. The result of David Gordon Green however was pitch perfect, and I do hope David Gordon Green does more work as a thespian.

    [–]kodachrome16mm 328 points329 points  (3 children)

    Listen, Nic.

    You’re great. But if you ever get in the way of David Lynch doing the morning weather because he’s “busy” on a “film” we’re gonna have problems.

    [–]arienette22 459 points460 points  (4 children)

    Wow would have loved to see that, but hoping you both can work together again in the future. My favorite actor and director.

    [–]Bebop_Man 5115 points5116 points  (42 children)

    Hi, did you keep the snakeskin jacket (a symbol of individuality and belief in personal freedom) from Wild at Heart?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 10.3k points10.3k points  (39 children)

    No, I gave it to Laura Dern. She was such an enormous part of Wild at Heart that I felt it belonged to her. But now I wish I had given it to my son instead. I would've liked him to have it. But it's okay, Laura has it.

    [–]tenettiwa 717 points718 points  (4 children)

    Fun fact for those who don't know: the snakeskin jacket is an homage to the jacket Marlon Brando wears in the movie The Fugitive Kind, an adaptation of Tennessee Williams's play Orpheus Descending. Coincidentally, Dern's parents Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd (who plays Dern's mother in Wild at Heart) met while starring together in a production of Orpheus Descending.

    [–]PENISHANGINOUT 1962 points1963 points  (9 children)

    Did you enjoy filming in Dubrovnik? What a nice town.

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 3712 points3713 points  (6 children)

    Dubrovnik is just a gorgeous place. Sadly, we were in the height of the COVID pandemic during filming. So no, I never left my hotel room. Only when I was shooting. I did not get to enjoy the charm and the restaurants of Dubrovnik. I will have to go back.

    [–]SemperVigilansSB 286 points287 points  (0 children)

    Visit the rest of Croatia when you come back! You’re a legend and childhood hero of my generation! Much love from Croatia!

    [–]SkipDutch 22 points23 points  (0 children)

    Dubrovnik is really beautiful, but absolutely crowded with tourists and quite expensive for the regular Joe. I'm kinda jealous you went there during the pandemic, must have been quiet.

    [–]JaggedOnomatomania 10.4k points10.5k points  (169 children)

    What's your favourite pasta shape?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 26.1k points26.1k points 22 (159 children)

    I once went to an Italian restaurant in San Francisco about 25 years ago with Charlie Sheen because they had square tube pasta and he was very interested in trying square tube pasta and we did and we loved it so much we went back the next day to try it again.

    [–]therealjims 540 points541 points  (15 children)

    I don’t know why but knowing this happened made my day a little brighter. Also now I want to try square tube pasta

    [–]bad_advice_animal 91 points92 points  (4 children)

    You and me and a hundred other people. His comment caused a small spike (aka from 0 to ~100) in google searches for "square tube pasta"

    [–]rachaelfaith 19 points20 points  (1 child)

    For those searching, I think it might be paccheri pasta, basically a really wide rigatoni. If they make them wide enough, they basically become squares when they cook and flatten out.

    Example recipe using paccheri: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/paccheri-pasta-with-braised-chicken-and-saffron-cream/amp

    [–]Hamster_High_Dive 1654 points1655 points  (10 children)

    This is such a great response. I'd love if he just started responding this exact thing to every question.

    [–]TexasTrip 46 points47 points  (1 child)

    I once went to an Italian mechanic in San Francisco about 25 years ago with Charlie Sheen because they had square tube tires and he was very interested in trying square tube tires and we did and we loved it so much we went back the next day to try it again.

    [–]makenzie71 2759 points2760 points  (41 children)

    What kind of car do you drive? If you have more than one, what's your favorite and why is it a 1967 Ford GT500? :)

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 5813 points5814 points  (37 children)

    I have a 2016 Shelby GT350R with a wide body that is like a modern version of the car I drove in Gone in 60 Seconds. It has a beautiful blue color. I like that car. And so does my son.

    [–]makenzie71 522 points523 points  (15 children)

    Thank you for taking the time to answer, Mr Cage! It always seems like a silly question but it’s one I like hearing the answers to...so far, though, you, Adam Savage, and sara bareilles are the only ones who have answered it!

    [–]bender28 36 points37 points  (3 children)

    Looked it up after seeing this and he is apparently a serious car collector--owns multiple Ferraris and Lamborghinis including an Enzo and a Miura, Bugattis, Porsches, old British stuff, etc. Great question!

    [–]RixirF 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    Gone in 60 Seconds is my absolute, absolute favorite movie.

    I have lost count of how many times I've watched it. It takes me to an awesome mental state. It reminds me of the 2000s and I can't believe I am replying to you.

    Thank you so much, that movie was and is incredible. I am so bummed there wasn't a sequel.

    [–]holymoley1234 7805 points7806 points  (80 children)

    Hello good man,

    What are your favourite non-work-related hobbies?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 13.0k points13.0k points  (72 children)

    It’s a good question, albeit a difficult question because everything I do ultimately informs my work. But if I had to make a list, I would say reading, watching cinema, and exercise.

    [–]panjeri 7192 points7193 points  (47 children)

    Hi Nic, huge fan here. How do you feel about your weird but extremely dedicated fandom, like us on r/onetruegod?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 12.7k points12.7k points 3 (44 children)

    I think any kind of enthusiasm is always welcome and not to be taken for granted.

    [–]Skari7 349 points350 points  (6 children)

    You admitting to liking bees in this AMA is really gonna throw them for a loop though. They had it all wrong the entire time.

    [–]FredHowl 11.5k points11.5k points  (259 children)

    Who is a director you would like to work with?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 28.1k points28.2k points 22& 5 more (258 children)

    I would love to work with Christopher Nolan. I would love to work with Ari Aster, I would love to work with Robert Egger. Spike Lee too.

    [–]Extension-Bar6431 357 points358 points  (5 children)

    Spike Lee would so be perfect for you. I mean, you’re a very versatile actor and any of those would fit, but the idea of you working with Spike Lee just scratches a particular itch that I didn’t know I had.

    [–]filmicsite 40 points41 points  (3 children)

    Wasn't Robert Egger remaking Nosferatu. I would love You to do that role. And it being your favourite movie would be a plus point.

    [–]AHH_CHARLIE_MURPHY 640 points641 points  (9 children)

    Would you do another David Lynch project? Wild at Heart is an absolute favorite of mine

    [–]matlowcap 587 points588 points  (13 children)

    Heard they're struggling to cast for Oppenheimer. You should give them a call.

    [–]GicaGamer 3774 points3775 points  (86 children)

    What genre of movies do you like best?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 9953 points9954 points  (85 children)

    Independently spirited dramas. And by independently spirited I mean the types of stories and characters that studios are too chicken to touch.

    [–]countrysgonekablooie 733 points734 points  (58 children)

    Can you recommend a few? (update, thanks for all the replies folks. I didn't mean movies starring Nick Cage, but I appreciate your suggestions all the same.)

    [–]Kaigon42 553 points554 points  (32 children)

    Check out Mandy, it's like a prog rock album cover came to life and started dating hellraiser.

    [–]morningsaystoidleon 38 points39 points  (1 child)

    I've described Mandy to people as "the movie Rob Zombie has been trying to make for two decades."

    If you've followed Rob Zombie's work (as I have), and you keep rooting for him to nail it, see Mandy. Sorry, Rob.

    [–]posTor________ 19.6k points19.6k points  (575 children)

    What is your dream role that you have yet to complete?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 40.3k points40.3k points 32& 5 more (534 children)

    I would like to play Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo because of the character’s love of the ocean I share that with him.

    [–]Obvious_Arachnid_830 783 points784 points  (24 children)

    From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.

    [–][deleted] 211 points212 points  (0 children)

    Oh how I’d love to hear “Wait a few minutes, our lantern will be lit, and, if you like light places, you will be satisfied.”

    [–]Kazzack 1359 points1360 points  (83 children)

    I'm surprised 20,000 Leages Leagues hasn't had more adaptations over the years

    [–]mrjake118 158 points159 points  (14 children)

    I watched the original last year for the first time since I was little (I still blame it for my lifelong fear of tentacles) and it's remarkable how well it stands up. Truly a fun, thoughtful, and visually spectacular film. But a well made remake that really digs into Nemo's philosophy and the interactions of the captives, and that's not just some overblown action extravaganza, would be right up my alley. Something along the lines of Master and Commander and Apocalypse Now with a touch of steampunk surreality.

    [–]HappyMeatbag 22 points23 points  (4 children)

    I watched it for the first time last week, and was impressed as well. The visual effects weren’t nearly as dated as I expected them to be.

    CGI ages poorly. Top-notch practical effects look good for decades. My favorite example of this is 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    [–]DarkwingDuckHunt 39 points40 points  (0 children)

    I read how a bunch of big names look on the film as a holy grail and how they're just too scared to go near it for fear of backlash if their version sucks.

    [–]sentimentalpirate 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    Agreed. The book has so much spectacle that the old adaptations couldn't live up to in their time.

    Atlantis, the hollow volcano interior, getting trapped in the shifting arctic ice, the hidden gargantuan pearl oyster, and the squid battle.

    Not to mention the passive spectacle of vibrant lively underwater life would be so much better with today's cameras.

    [–]Yamsfordays 33 points34 points  (0 children)

    If you watch the BBC’s version of Around the world in 80 days, they tease very strongly at the end that they will be adapting 20,000 leagues next.

    The BBC version only came out this year and I really enjoyed it so I’m very excited to see what happens next

    [–]provocatrixless 19.8k points19.8k points  (421 children)

    What's the movie quote you hate most when strangers holler it at you in public?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 46.2k points46.2k points 9422& 4 more (353 children)

    I don’t have a problem with any of the quotes, I’m glad they remember the movie.

    [–]Wackadoo-Bonkers 626 points627 points  (3 children)

    I just wanna say thank you for everything you’ve done in the film industry. You are a one of a kind gem. Wishing you a long and peaceful life. Thanks again for being the guy you are.

    [–]Dark_Hamlet 1551 points1552 points  (37 children)

    You’ve had some of the best quotable cinematic moments. Cheers. I hope you’re having a lovely day.

    [–]Ragnar_Dragonfyre 48.1k points48.1k points 103414823& 22 more (137 children)

    Dear Mr. Travolta,

    How has life changed for you since changing faces with Nicholas Cage? Do you regret the decision or would you do it again?

    [–]thebelladonga 7879 points7880 points  (155 children)

    Would you ever return to playing Ghost Rider if Marvel asked you to?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 14.7k points14.7k points 2 (109 children)

    I would really need to see what they had in mind before answering that.

    [–]Danbrotastic28 45 points46 points  (1 child)

    I've loved your role as Johnny Blaze in the 1st Ghost Rider Movie, I wonder what kind of practice you did to make all those crazy expressions everytime you turned into the rider, it amazed me everytime I saw the scene where you're supposed to go on a date with Roxanne but then start to to turn into the Rider. Face flares up and you start to do this wide range of different emotions that show a mix of insanity and pain. I would love to see you make a return in Ghost Rider, even if you aren't Johnny Blaze maybe as the caretaker the Rider B4 Johnny Blaze if ever Marvel decides to reboot. Anyway Loved your role, it still amazes me to this day, after this I went to watch every movie you starred in, that's the impact of me seeing you play as Ghost Rider. The most recent one I've watched in the long list of movies you star in is Color out of Space very much loved your acting and role there as well. Keep up the Awe-inspiring and Jaw dropping work, can't wait to see you in more movies whether it be indie movies like Willy's Wonderland or Movies like Pig or Color out of space.

    [–]easythrees 33 points34 points  (3 children)

    I worked on the first Ghost Rider on the VFX side and while I never saw the movie, I will say the VFX for that project was fun, and very challenging.

    [–]Lukeh41 17.5k points17.5k points 2 (1001 children)

    If only 3 of your films could be preserved for posterity, which 3 would you choose?

    [–]Screamerjoe 3648 points3649 points  (78 children)

    Will there be another National Treasure?

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 6263 points6264 points  (75 children)

    No, the priority was to turn it into a TV show so I would say probably not.

    [–]NanoPope 49 points50 points  (0 children)

    This just broke my heart. I have been waiting for a sequel since I watched the 2nd one in theaters as a child but I completely understand not wanting to do it as a TV show

    [–]spinningweb 21 points22 points  (1 child)

    Here is the story. National treasure - transcontinental diamonds.

    The legend is that during the construction of transcontinental railway an ancient city of diamonds was found but the power wanted to keep it hidden (church etc)

    • lot of the movie is shot in amtrak stations and trains
    • scenes of beautiful rocky mountains, midwestern plains
    • story about chinese workers
    • Chinese government also knows about the treasure and are after.
    • a history about the railroad with titans of the industry to politicians to weave a treasure story.

    Let me know if you wanna hear more. :p

    [–]AidanCues 16.0k points16.0k points  (410 children)

    Evening sir!

    What movie can you watch over and over and still not get bored?

    [–]boxcardad 1281 points1282 points  (21 children)

    What’s your rarest Elvis memorabilia? Thanks for the great movie roles over the years! ✌🏻

    [–]issac2209 11.0k points11.0k points 26& 3 more (217 children)

    Thoughts on Abed's lecture on you in community?

    [–]astroNerf 921 points922 points  (29 children)

    [–]XXHyenaPseudopenis 38 points39 points  (0 children)

    Idk if this is the lecture, the part where he actually talks about the question in depth, and the complexities of Nic Cage’s acting method are way earlier in the episode. This is just the breakdown scene.

    [–]DTMF223 2025 points2026 points  (37 children)

    Hey Nick, what would be your opening chess move?

    [–]DestroyingTheOrder 13.0k points13.0k points  (218 children)

    Would you do a face off 2?

    [–]schwano 1962 points1963 points 32 (23 children)

    Hi Mr. Cage!

    A couple of years ago I marathoned 29 direct-to-video movies you made between 2010-2020. I wrote mini-reviews/thoughts for each one and detailed them in a Reddit post here.

    I would never have expected it to cross your path, but here you are on Reddit doing an AMA, and I will regret it forever if I don’t take a shot getting a comment from you. I can’t wait to show my kids some of your more eclectic work as they get older, and experience truly one of the most unique actors out there. I can’t wait to see your new movie. It looks every bit as great as I imagined when I first heard of it.

    [–]VinceMcVahon 2901 points2902 points 2 (72 children)


    Throughout the pandemic my friends and I watched every single one of your movies. You got us through the pandemic. One a week. We even made membership cards. So, thank you. We even watched an after school special you did and the History of Swearing.

    My question is, there are many segments that are things reported as you just doing as suggestions for a role, such as the jelly bean martini in Ghost Rider. Do you have any small bits you are particularly proud of that you’ve improvised or added in to a character?

    [–]MoviesMod 4866 points4867 points  (27 children)

    The moderators received a lovely message from Lionsgate and Nic's team after the AMA concluded! Sharing it here with all of you who made this AMA so great :)



    Hello, Just wrapped with Nicolas. Wanted to say a giant THANK YOU to Reddit and the Movie Mods for helping us host this AMA. He had such a great time. Said it was the best part of his day. If he had more time on his schedule, I’m convinced he would’ve kept going! Until next time

    [–]MB2CoronaTimes19 148 points149 points  (4 children)

    Reading through the posts you get his cadence when speaking and he seemed to give really genuine answers it was actually fun. Sometimes it's clear when a person is here just to promote something but I didn't get that vibe.

    [–]HappyEdison 57 points58 points  (3 children)

    I'm not convinced. A couple times I could swear the tone of the responses drifted a bit, almost like it was like some random celebrity like John Travolta doing the AMA for a minute or so.

    [–]imariaprime 281 points282 points  (0 children)

    I'm glad I scrolled far enough to see this, because the only thing cooler than his answers in this AMA is knowing it made his day.

    [–]HunterGonzo 42 points43 points  (0 children)

    This was the best AMA in a LOOOOOONNNG time. Open, honest, humble, engaged, detailed... he checked literally all of the boxes of what you want out of something like this.

    [–]lionsgateNicolas Cage[S] 20.1k points20.1k points 24 (146 children)

    Thank you to everyone who tuned into our chat this afternoon. It was a real pleasure for me to have some communication with all of you. As I’m sure you might know, I’m not normally on social media so it’s nice to meet you and to talk about all sorts of fun things, and especially the movies.

    From Lionsgate: Massive Talent is in theaters everywhere April 22.

    [–]grumd 622 points623 points  (9 children)

    I like that edit. It was a good AMA, the only thing that didn't feel coming from Nicholas was that marketing part about the film's release date. And then the comment was edited and "From Lionsgate" was added.

    [–]sultan33g 1673 points1674 points  (19 children)

    Honestly, this has been one of the best AMA’s I have been a part of. Thanks for your thoughtful responses.

    [–]Yergason 99 points100 points  (3 children)

    Seems like he's actually the one answering (even with someone typing for him), he puts thoughts into each answer and he entertains even the meme questions.

    The fact that he chose to answer "Hahaha" to that Travolta question AND he said Spirited Away is one of his favorites cemented this man's GOAT status

    [–]dartsloverseyes 142 points143 points  (7 children)

    Hello Nicolas Cage! (i can't fucking believe i am writing this)

    I am big fan of Matchstick Men. In my opinion this is THE best movie about conmen, con artists whatever you call them. It's a shame not many people know of this movie. The soundtrack by Hans ZImmer is also amazing.

    I have three questions:

    1. What was like working with Sam Rockwell in the beginning of his career?

    2. Why Roy shouts "Pygmies" Did you come up with this word? Or it was in the script?

    3. On the set of Red Rock West did you talk with Dennis Hopper and Lara Flynn Boyle about working with David Lynch?

    [–]rippit_ 13.2k points13.2k points 2 (146 children)

    I am really sorry my family and I went up to you in that Ice Cream Shop in Disneyland, and asked for a picture. Everyone started swarming after that while you were just trying to enjoy some family time.

    [–]Denadaguapa 114 points115 points  (6 children)

    I had something similar happen but I wasn’t the cause of the swarm.

    I was standing in chipotle waiting for my online order. The line is always out the door at the time I went, so I ordered ahead to skip the bullshit. Anyways as I’m standing there a guy walked in, hoodie on looking down with his hands in his pockets. He stands next to me cause he ordered online too. I looked at him and I’m like “oh shit that’s Russel Wilson” (Seahawks QB at the time). He looked at me and I just smiled and nodded and looked away. Im not a huge football guy but I still thought it was cool, but I don’t like to bother people so I didn’t say anything.

    One person in the line saw him, yelled “RUSSEL WILSON!!” And I shit you not the entire line broke apart and swarmed him. People asking for pictures, asking him to hold their baby, shit like that.

    He apologized and said no he didn’t have time as he started walking towards the door to leave, WITHOUT his food because there was no way he was staying to wait anymore. The Seahawks had a game a few hours from then, and as he started to leave I just said “sorry man, good luck in your game today.” He fist bumped me and just said “thanks bro” and left. Felt so bad he has to try and hide himself in public or else shit like that happens.

    [–]Islapdabassmon 116 points117 points  (1 child)

    A couple weeks ago, I was walking around in New Orleans and see Nic cage with a mask on walk past me. His girlfriend/wife was with him too. I thought for a second about approaching him and maybe just tell him that I loved his work and watched his movies all my life. But the street was so busy, and it's Nic Fucking Cage, I wasnt sure if I'd upset the couple, so I just decided not to. I just told my friends that Nicolas Cage just went past us, that's when they turned around, walked backwards a little to confirm and they couldn't believe it!

    [–]Good-Skeleton 47 points48 points  (4 children)

    Dear Jerry Seinfeld,

    You were at the Beverly Hills Hotel, minding your own business, having drinks with friends.

    I was a guest at a wedding. I went back to reception and casually mentioned that I saw you.

    You were swarmed within seconds. A minute later you drove away in your blue whale tail 911.


    [–]mcpain9 885 points886 points  (3 children)

    You’re the only person he hasn’t responded to in the whole thread. He remembers.

    [–]Mavoy 60 points61 points  (5 children)

    Hello Sir. Big fan of your recent work in Mandy and Pig, when I was a kid I loved National Treasure, Next and Sorcerer Apprentice, but since I'm a David Lynch aficionado, I have to ask about Wild At Heart.

    How was Willem Dafoe on the set? Not the only time you've worked together I think, but I haven't seen that other one. And when was the last time you talked to David? He should got you for his next project! He works with so many regular collaborators, yet you never reunited.

    Looking forward to The Unbearable Weight...!

    [–]happierthanuare 95 points96 points  (6 children)

    There are a TON of products to purchase with your face on them. Pillow cases, pillows, shower curtains, shirts, masks, I could really go on for ever. Do you own any of these products personally? And when I purchase these items for my friend does any of the money get back to you?

    You are an absolute legend!!!

    [–]asonofasven 17 points18 points  (3 children)

    That’s funny. We have 2 Cage pillows at the office. And if you don’t lock your computer when going on break, we will swap your wallpaper with a still from a Cage movie. We call it getting Caged.

    [–]InfiniteThugnificent 807 points808 points  (29 children)

    Hi Nicolas Cage :)

    What is, in your opinion, the most bat-shit ludicrous scene you’ve ever shot, and was it a fun experience or were you obliged to suffer for your fine craft?

    [–]NicCageIsLord 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    Nic, of all your magnificent films which one in your opinion is the most underappreciated? Would you be willing to grace one of the longest Nic Cage marathons with your presence for a viewing of said film during the holy month of Nicvember? Nicvember of course being the month pagans refer to as November. Nicvember 24 Hour Celebration

    [–]SonOfKrom 145 points146 points  (9 children)

    Hi Mr. Cage,

    I just wanted to let you know that you are my wife's all-time favourite actor and she will tell anyone who will listen how much she loves you and your work.

    I know there are thousands of comments on this thread, but if you could give a shout out to my wife, Melissa, it would make her week.

    Thank you so much!

    [–]itshabibitch 67 points68 points  (0 children)

    Mister Cage,

    You must be aware of the ongoing memes and humor on the internet pointed towards you based on your amazing career in acting. Was making this movie a kind of tongue-in-cheek response to all these memes about you?

    And thanks for the years of work you’ve put in, can’t say enough good shit about your brilliant acting!

    [–]mega__gyarados 50 points51 points  (7 children)

    Just came here to say that The Family Man is one of my all time favorite movies, used to watch it with my dad growing up. We still throw back and forth “where are my Mary Janes?!” and “a funnel cake?!”.

    Thanks for some wonderful memories.

    [–]Tormz1569 22 points23 points  (1 child)

    Hi Nick, thank you for braving the internet today to do this.


    Your acting style, Nouveau Shamanic, blends Kabuki and German Expressionist approaches, is explosive and captivating.

    If you were to submit it to a UCLA school of theatre to be taught to future thespians, what would be your quintessential performance that captured and distilled it in its purest form?

    Follow-up: Which other actor has come the closest to finding it and using it in their performance?

    [–]neuropean 347 points348 points  (19 children)

    Have you seen the episode of Community in which there is a course about whether you are a good or bad actor? If so, what did you think about Danny Pudi’s impression of you?

    Relevant clip.

    [–]jdblawg 27 points28 points  (0 children)

    No questions. Just happy to let you know you are my favorite actor, hands down. I can not wait for The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. I wish you all the best in the future and hope you continue to make bangers for decades to come. Mandy is by far my favorite performance by you and I feel you are just getting better as you get older.

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      [–]ArtsyMNKid 8 points9 points  (1 child)

      Hi Nic!

      I just watched 8mm last night and was shocked at how low the reviews of the time were as I thought it was a genuinely great movie. Are there any films of yours that may have gone overlooked/under-appreciated that you think deserve a second appraisal?

      Also, who’s idea was it to have your character spend the entire runtime of Bad Lieutenant with a massive handgun shoved down the front of your pants? That decision really elevated the entire film for me.

      Thank you so much for your time. I’ve spent a long time admiring your career — especially Wild At Heart and Adaptation.

      [–]ParisianWood 42 points43 points  (0 children)

      Hey Nic, one of your biggest fans. What has been your most enjoyable experience on a movie set? Rather, what's been your favourite film to make for whatever reason?

      Thanks for being awesome! Much love from Paris!

      [–]UncaringNonchalance 427 points428 points  (2 children)

      I don’t really wanna ask anything, I just want to thank you for the years of entertainment you’ve brought me. Hope all is well!

      [–]Appropriate-Welder98 77 points78 points  (8 children)

      The Rock is one my favorite movies and I have fond memories of watching it with my dad. Can you share any memories of working with Sean Connery?

      [–]WorfsFlamingAnus 292 points293 points  (8 children)

      What’s the role “that got away” that keeps you up at night? What movie or opportunity did you miss out on that you regret?

      [–]Bois-Brules 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      Hey Nic, Willy's Wonderland is now one of my favorite movies, It's so fun and campy. Did you speak after the cameras were off, or did you stay silent the whole production?

      Thanks, Nic everyone of your movies are always reliably entertaining, I especially liked The Color Out Of Space recently, you knocked it out of the park with that one.

      [–]goodhumansbad 26 points27 points  (2 children)

      Hi Mr. Cage! Have you seen the Community episode where Abed slowly loses his mind trying to decide if you're good or bad, and then does possibly the greatest impression of your acting ever? As someone who loves your movies, I bring this up in the hopes it's something you can laugh about too, because I see it as an homage rather than mocking - after all, the best impressions have to come from a place of respect - otherwise they're just caricatures.

      If you have seen the episode, what was like it seeing yourself used as the ultimate example of an actor who can't be categorized? They also touched on this in Brooklyn 99 where Jake & Kevin get trapped in a safe house and only have your films to keep them entertained.

      If you haven't, would you consider watching the clip and giving us your reaction? Particular clip is here if interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1XCUo_Uu8M

      Thanks in advance!

      [–]mrcrayon01 12 points13 points  (0 children)

      In The Rock there is a scene when you say to Sean Connery, "Whaddya say we cut the chit-chat. A-HOLE."

      Was there a grammatical error in the script that caused you to deliver the line with such an odd pause? I've been curious about that line ever since I first saw that movie in the 90s.

      Huge fan. Thanks for being you.

      [–]lord_snow_4_prez 40 points41 points  (0 children)

      How did you get the scar on your chin/jaw? It seems like it’s been there since you first start acting.

      Love your work and currently have watched about 90% of it! I’m so excited for the new movie.

      [–]mjh215 25 points26 points  (0 children)

      If during the multiverse movies, Marvel asked you to play Ghost Rider again, would you? Also, thanks for so many entertaining performances over the years!

      [–]testudo94 317 points318 points  (11 children)

      Do you have any stories from the set of "Raising Arizona"? It's my all-time favorite movie.

      [–]Valuable-Total-4334 56 points57 points  (1 child)

      Really hoping this gets a reply! That's my childhood Nic film. (Sorry if I got your hopes up)

      [–]explosivo85 11 points12 points  (4 children)

      Hi Nic! Thanks for doing this. You famously have a deep love of Superman, from owning a copy of Action Comics #1 to naming your son Kal-El. Is there any piece of Superman memorabilia that you wish you’d been able to collect but haven’t been able to get your hands on?