Since “Pig” has just been released on our screens, the opportunity is perfect to immerse yourself in the career of Nicolas Cage. The actor, known for his eccentricities, has embodied quirky, stunning and totally unique characters in the cinematic landscape. We come back to five of his craziest roles.
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Nicolas Cage is an extraordinary chameleon actor. An actor who enters into the skin of all kinds of characters. Straddling iconic roles and mowed B-series, he refuses nothing, and is open to a multitude of options. Of Ghost rider To Snake Eyes, of The Last of the Templars To With an open tomb, of Willy’s Wonderland To Leaving Las Vegas (for which he even won Oscar for Best Actor), There is something unique about Nicolas Cage’s filmography, between turnips and masterpieces. And all this made us want to top 5 of his craziest roles.
Mandy was released in France on February 5, 2019 on VOD. Directed by Panos Cosmatos, it is a deeply unique work in the filmography of Nicolas Cage. After having chained the uninhibited B series, the actor rushes into a stylized and disturbing horror drama, in which he camps a husband thirsty for revenge. The action takes place in the 1980s. When Red Miller sees his wife kidnapped and murdered by a sect led by sadist Jeremiah Sand, he goes wild and becomes the violent instrument of revenge.
Mandy is a fascinating B series where Nicolas Cage is having a blast. Aesthetic inspirations are numerous, from Nicolas Winding Refn to John Carpenter. Visually stunning, carried by an inhabited Nicolas Cage, the feature film allows a stylized descent into hell that highlights interesting religious and metaphysical concepts. It’s slow, beautiful, violent, intriguing, gory and disturbing. And even if it is sometimes a little free, and the filmmaker watches himself filmed, Nicolas Cage bursts the screen, through an inner madness manifested by a fair and measured interpretation, in a totally mindless film.
Sailor and Lula (1990)
Palme d’Or in Cannes, Sailor and Lula is a David Lynch classic. Worn by Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern, it is, perhaps, the most affordable film by its author. Sailor and Lula tells the story of the escape of two young lovers, Bonnie & Clyde style, in a car across the United States.
David Lynch’s film is part of another part of Nicolas Cage’s career. At this time, the actor connects the impacting roles, and especially the great films. So he is still far from its own carricature, of his quirky and totally caricatured roles. It prevents that Sailor and Lula marks the premises of this change. The premises of his desire to portray crazy characters, and in total disconnection with reality. Roles where he can boast excessively and offer parodies of himself!
Volte / Face (1997)
Volte / Face marks the superb confrontation between Nicolas Cage and John Travolta. Directed by John Woo, the film tells how a dangerous criminal and a policeman exchange their faces. Nicolas Cage becomes John Travolta, and vice versa. The opportunity for the actors and the filmmaker to create total confusion in the minds of the spectators. The opportunity for the two actors to play an intriguing performance, where they are mutually inspired by the role of the other.
Volte / Face is a film that reminds the talent of Nicolas Cage, staggering in the role of the villain, who turns into nice, desperate to stop a John Travolta in great shape. Nicolas Cage signs an impressive performance, where he takes the game of his colleague John Travolta to perfection.
Color out of Space (2019)
Released September 6, 2020 on Amazon Prime Video, Color out of Space is an adaptation of the eponymous short story by Lovecraft, released in 1927. In this iconic sci-fi story, the Gardners watch a meteorite crash into their backyard and alter their property’s ecosystem. Astonishing ecological story, Color out of Space mix the genres: horror, comedy, science fiction, thriller. Directed by Richard Stanley, Color out of Space offers a paranormal dimension well treated which plays with the senses and anxieties of the spectator.
As for Nicolas Cage, he embodies an ambiguous family man, who changes a lot during the story. The opportunity for him to offer different facets of his talent, thus offering different levels of interpretation. Nicolas Cage plays a role …