Today is Nicolas Cage’s birthday!
How old is Nicolas Cage today? It doesn’t matter. Nicolas Cage is timeless. He has no age. You could say that Nicolas Cage has always been there and will always be there.
On a more realistic note, you could say that Nicolas Cage is the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola and that he started his film career as Nicolas Coppola. (That was the name he used when he made his film debut with a small role in Fast Times At Ridgemont High.) Not wanting people to assume that he only got work because of his family connections, Nic soon changed his last name to Cage in honor of Marvel’s Luke Cage. Nicolas Cage has gone on to become one of the best-known actors in the world, an iconic figure of sorts. When he’s good, Nicolas Cage is great. When he’s appearing in a bad film, Nicolas Cage is often fascinating. Cage may have a reputation for being an eccentric and for appearing in almost anything but often Cage’s brand of weirdness is just what is needed to elevate a film like Mandy or Pig from good to great.
In honor of his birthday, here are two scenes that I love from a very good film, David Lynch’s Wild At Heart. Watch as Nicolas Cage explains the meaning of his snakeskin jacket. Stick around to watch Nicolas Cage serenade Laura Dern with the world’s greatest Elvis impersonation.
Happy birthday, Nicolas Cage!