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Nicolas Cage [8]

Born:January 7, 1964 (57)
Filmography Rating:7.81 / 10
IMDB Rating:6.64 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.07 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:57.74%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Rock [1996](32) => Stanley Goodspeed
National Treasure [2004](40) => Ben Gates
Ghost Rider [2007](43) => Ghost Rider / Johnny Blaze
[2007](43) => Cris Johnson
National Treasure: Book of Secrets [2007](43) => Ben Gates
The Sorcerer's Apprentice [2010](46) => Balthazar
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance [2012](48) => Ghost Rider / Johnny Blaze
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse [2018](54) => Spider-Man Noir (voice)

Trivia that mentions this person:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [2005]
  • Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Nicolas Cage, Will Smith, Brad Pitt and Michael Keaton were all considered for the role of Willy Wonka. Marilyn Manson also badly wanted the part.
    Ghost Rider [2007]
  • To create the Ghost Rider's voice, sound designer Dane A. Davis recorded all of Nicolas Cage's lines as the Ghost Rider, and then filtered them through three different kinds of animal growls (played backwards, covering three separate frequencies), then played them through a mechanical volumizer, before finally giving them a fiery crackle. Director Mark Steven Johnson compared it to "a deep, demonic, mechanical lion's roar" and said "one thing is for sure, his voice will shake the theatre!"
  • Nicolas Cage's computer generated skull was made from a three dimensional x-ray taken of his actual skull.
  • Nicolas Cage had to have his Ghost Rider tattoo covered with make-up to play Johnny Blaze.
  • Nicolas Cage's hairpiece required three hours to apply every day.
    The Matrix [1999]
  • Nicolas Cage turned down the part of Neo because of family commitments.
    National Treasure: Book of Secrets [2007]
  • In The Rock, Nicolas Cage's character is given information that leads him to a hidden roll of microfilm containing government secrets, including information about the Kennedy assassination (just as the "Book of Secrets" contains). Ed Harris plays the villain in both films.
  • Nicolas Cage has won an Academy Award (for Leaving Las Vegas), and the actor and actress who played his parents (Jon Voight and Helen Mirren) are also Academy Award winners (for Coming Home and The Queen, respectively).
  • The "girl with necklace" at his magic show is played by Alice Kim Cage, Nicolas Cage's wife.
  • In the scene where Nicolas Cage is zapping through TV channels, he stops at one showing the movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, leaving it on for the FBI to listen to. The plot of "Dr. Strangelove" is about a rogue general attempting to start a nuclear holocaust with a wayward nuke. An obvious reference to the nuke in Next.
    Spider-Man [2002]
  • Several names that were considered for various parts (some more seriously than others) over the years in which this project was in development include:
    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, and Edward Norton as the Goblin; James Franco, Leonardo DiCaprio, Freddie Prinze Jr., Scott Speedman, [?] Jay Rodan, [?] Scott Leva, and Charlie Sheen as Peter Parker/Spiderman; [?] Marion Ross as Aunt May; [?] Tony Scott, Jan de Bont, James Cameron, Roland Emmerich, Ang Lee, David Fincher, and Chris Columbus as Director.
    The Sorcerer's Apprentice [2010]
  • The idea for the film was largely Nicolas Cage's as he wanted to explore a mystic world with a magical character.
  • The 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom that was used in the film is a one of a kind and actually belongs to Nicolas Cage. The filmmakers were trying to find a really cool classic car and Cage offered it as an option to use.
    The Expendables 2 [2012]
  • John Travolta and Nicolas Cage were considered to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in this film. Ironically 15 years previously, Travolta and Cage took the roles of Sean Archer and Castor Troy in Face/Off which was made and written for Stallone and Schwarzenegger.
  • In September 2011 Sylvester Stallone confirmed that he was in talks with Nicolas Cage and John Travolta about roles in the film and that scheduling would be the only obstacle to their involvement.
    The Expendables 3 [2014]
  • Nicolas Cage was considered for the role of Bonaparte.
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse [2018]
  • Cast features 2 Oscar winners: Mahershala Ali & Nicolas Cage and 2 Oscar nominees: Hailee Steinfeld & Lily Tomlin.
  • This was Nicolas Cage's second animated film released in 2018, after Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018).
    Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn [2020]
  • Before Ewan McGregor was cast as Black Mask, Nicolas Cage, Sharlto Copley and Sam Rockwell were considered to play Black Mask. Rockwell passed on the role, but was considered the "archetype" for the casting.
    Jack Reacher [2012]
  • Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, Cary Elwes, Colin Farrell, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Mel Gibson, Stephen Lang, Dolph Lundgren, Edward Norton, Ron Perlman, Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Kurt Russell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Vince Vaughn, Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis were all considered for Jack Reacher.
    Ice Age [2002]
  • Johnny Depp, Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Kline, Robert De Niro, Albert Brooks, Nicolas Cage, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Costner, Keith David, Bruce Willis, Jeff Bridges, Jim Belushi, Michael Keaton & Val Kilmer were all considered for the role of Manfred before Ray Romano was cast.
    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs [2009]
  • Alec Baldwin, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Nicolas Cage, George Clooney, Harrison Ford, Ed Harris, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Keaton, Stephen Lang, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ron Perlman, Bill Paxton, Dennis Quaid, Kurt Russell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Travolta, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Bruce Willis were all considered for Buck.
    Mystery Science Theater 3000: Atlantic Rim [2013]
  • When looking at a whale underwater, the riff is, "That thing is huge, man!" This is a rifference to Nicolas Cage's skit portraying "Tiny Elvis" while hosting [Saturday Night Live (1975)].
    Wonder Woman 1984 [2020]
  • Patty Jenkins and Pedro Pascal based Maxwell Lord's portrayal on stockbroker Gordon Gekko in Wall Street (1987) and Lex Luthor in Superman (1978). Pascal also based his performance on Nicolas Cage.
    Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted [2012]
  • Jeff Bridges, Russell Brand, Nicolas Cage, Kevin Spacey & Hugo Weaving were considered for the role of Vitaly before Bryan Cranston was cast.
    The Rock [1996]
  • When Stanley (Nicolas Cage) and Carla (Vanessa Marcil) are making love on the roof of their apartment, the Sir Elton John song "Rocket Man" is playing in the background. This is the same song that Stanley refers to later in the movie (at around 1h 55 mins) when he kills Captain Darrow.
  • Nicolas Cage was concerned that he "looked like a little Japanese schoolboy" in his S.C.U.B.A. gear while the other actors all looked cool. Michael Bay admits to intentionally making him look ridiculous.
  • (at around 1h 22 mins) It took a while for Michael Bay to convince Nicolas Cage and Sir Sean Connery to go underwater while flames blasted above the surface at the mark, but both actors eventually agreed. There are safety divers immediately outside of frame during the sequence. "It was very frightening", adds Cage. "And Sean wasn't happy about it."
  • Reportedly, Sir Sean Connery accepted the part of Mason after learning that Nicolas Cage had been cast as Goodspeed.
  • It was Nicolas Cage's idea that his character would not swear. His euphemisms include "gee whiz".