Behold The Genius Of Nic Cage As He Breaks Down His Most Iconic Characters From ‘Con-Air’ To ‘Face/Off’

Nic Cage is the absolute man. He’s starred in some of the greatest blockbuster films in history and continues to be one of the biggest weirdos in all of Hollywood.

Nicolas Cage doesn’t eat pork for a very specific reason. Have you ever heard his quote about eating birds? “I love all animals, I actually choose the way I eat according to the way animals have sex.” Apparently, he’s big into eating fish and birds because they all engage in what Nic Cage describes as “very dignified with sex. I have a fascination with fish, birds, whales – sentient life – insects, reptiles.”

That’s totally normal behavior. Nothing weird about that at all.

That 1996-1997 run of The Rock, Con-Air, and Face/Off might have been the best 3-movie Action-genre run of any actor’s career. If you can think of a better 3-run collection of films from an actor in two years then please enlighten me because I’d be curious what those films were.

Nic’s gone through some rough patches even though he was one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors in 2009 with an estimated $40 million in earnings that year. Most notably with major IRS tax problems tied to real estate deals. But Nic Cage has bounced back after taking pretty much every role that came across his desk.

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This week, Nic Cage went on camera with GQ‘s YouTube team to break down his most iconic characters, from Cameron Poe to Castor Troy, and Memphis Raines to Benjamin Franklin Gates. Here’s Nic Cage giving his first-hand account of each character that has helped make his career so successful.

While you’re watching this I want you to take notice of Nic’s AGGRO leather jacket and his monstrously large silver ring.

It’s amazing that he won an Oscar in 1996 for his role in Leaving Las Vegas, which catapulted him into the A-List of Hollywood, and since then he’s appeared in countless blockbuster films but hasn’t won another major award (Oscar or Golden Globe) since then.

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He was nominated for both an Oscar and Golden Globe back in 2003 for his role in Adaptation where he played both a neurotic writer with zero self-confidence and that writer’s identical twin brother who seemed to walk through life with good luck.

Someone needs to get Nic Cage into an award-winning role soon. The man deserves better parts. Enough of this Ghost Rider bullshit. Make a Kick-Ass prequel, or another National Treasure and win all the awards for cinematic perfection. Right? Right.

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