This was said of the man who has starred in "The Wicker Man," "The Weather Man," "The Family Man" and "Matchstick Men." 42.
You might say that Cage is a "carnalvore," basing his meat-consuming choices on an animal's mating habits. In fact, he told a London newspaper in 2010: "I actually choose the way I eat according to the way animals have sex.
She was harshly disabused of that idea when, at the age of five or six, a teacher told her that she couldn’t take communion because “your mother is Jewish and she’s going to hell”. I would climb across the table and stab him in the head with a fork.” As she says this, she is up, coming at me with one knee on the coffee table and miming the same action, her fist clenched around imaginary cutlery. She laughs too, then sits back down, and returns to her scarf.
This week, Cage stars in David Gordon Green's "Joe," as a hot-tempered, but protective ex-con in a role that has critics raving about the actor's restrained performance. Salinger to his questionable dinosaur skull purchase, here are things you probably don't know about Nicolas Cage. Born Nicolas Coppola, the actor chose Cage as his stage name to honor comic book superhero Luke Cage. Inspired by Superman's birth name, he christened his (now 8-year-old) son Kal-El. Cage's father, the late August Coppola, worked as a comparative literature professor at Cal State Long Beach and served as a trustee of the California state university system. In 2001, Cage received an honorary doctorate from Cal State Fullerton. Cage filed suit against Kathleen Turner, his co-star in the 1986 film "Peggy Sue Got Married," after she wrote in her 2008 tell-all that he'd once stolen a Chihuahua. Jim Carrey, who had a small role in "Peggy Sue Got Married" as one of Cage's high-school pals, has been quoted as saying that Cage has "elephant balls." 13.
Whether or not you're a fan of the intense star, there's no denying he's a cinematic force to be reckoned with. Cage ate a live cockroach for his role in 1989's "Vampire's Kiss" -- although, allegedly, the film's director only wanted him to down a raw egg. When Cage met first wife Patricia Arquette in 1987, he declared, "I love you and I'm going to marry you." 15. It still took eight years for Cage to convince Arquette to marry him, which they finally did in 1995.
-- actors of his generation, Nicolas Cage got his start in 1982's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" in a part so small if you blink you'd miss it.
Then, after changing his name from Coppola to Cage, the actor's career took off and he's been a leading man ever since. Cage has two older brothers, Marc and Christopher Coppola, both of whom have worked in the film biz. Through his father, Cage is also related to director Francis Ford Coppola (uncle), actress Talia Shire (aunt), director Sofia Coppola (cousin), actor Jason Schwartzman (cousin), and actor/musician Robert Schwartzman (cousin). Cage's first movie role was as a cook in 1982's 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' (as seen in the background behind Judge Reinhold in the clip below). His job after that was selling popcorn at a movie theater. In 1983, he made a name for himself with the cult comedy "Valley Girl" and uncle Francis Ford Coppola's "Rumble Fish" and never looked back. A proponent of Method acting, Cage had two of his teeth surgically removed for his role in 1984's "Birdy." 11.