Directed by Vic Armstrong, Cage plays airline pilot Rayford Steele, in this story of a biblical rapture that strikes the world, based on the book of the same name by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Millions of people disappear without trace, and the world is plunged into chaos. Co-starring: Cassi Thomson, Lea Thompson, Nicky Whelan, Jordin Sparks and Chad Micheal.
I’m a very spiritual person myself, and the story really spoke to me, The whole family element hit close to home and I think the film does an excellent job of balancing the spiritual aspect with the emotional aspect.
While shooting his new movie Outcast in China Cage receives an award for Best Global Actor at the annual Huading Awards. Awards also go to Nicole Kidman, Quentin Trarantino and Sam Worthington.
Making a movie in China, I’m buzzing with good energy, I feel great here. I love the people I’m working with, I love the crew, and there’s a genuine warmth and enthusiasm that I get from my conversations.
Cage plays ex-con, Joe Ransom, who drinks heavily, outruns police and gambles away his money. He is the unlikeliest of role models to everyone except 15 year old Gary Jones, the oldest child of a homeless family run by an drunk, worthless father. Joe takes Gary under his wing seeing much of himself in the kid. Together they try to find a path to redemption and the hope for a better life in the rugged, gritty world of small town Mississippi. Co-starring: Tye Sheridan and Gary Poulter.
I spent a lot of time in New Orleans, probably became a man in New Orleans — in fact, I know I became a man in New Orleans.
Cage stars in this action thriller as Paul Maguire, a reformed criminal living a simple life as a family man and husband. His new life falls apart when his daughter is kidnapped in an apparent act of revenge for the crimes of his youth. Bringing together his old crew, Paul wages war on the Russian mafia and will stop at nothing to deal out his own personal brand of justice. Co-starring Rachel Nichols, Peter Stormare, Danny Glover and Aubrey Peeples. Peeples on Cage:
I feel like it’s just a fun movie; they’re fun, crazy movies, which I think are fun to be a part of. After meeting him, he’s incredible, and he’s so professional, and he’s so nice. And he just is so welcoming that I have nothing bad to say about him; he’s incredible.
Nicolas Cage plays Grug Crood in this 3D prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures – and their outlook is changed forever. Co-starring Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone.
I thought it was just a very positive, magical story. I mean I liked the idea of the over protective father who learns to let go and has a better relationship with his daughter because of it.
Cage plays a desperate thief, in this thriller directed by Simon West, who has just 12 hours to steal $10 million and save his daughter from his vengeful former partner. With the clock ticking and his daughter trapped in a random taxi being driven around New Orleans, the frantic ex-con enlists the help of a former associate to help pull off the heist that will save his girl’s life. Co-starring Malin Akerman and Josh Lucas. Cage:
I have stayed in places like California and Rhode Island but somehow, New Orleans will always be special for me. I would love to shoot for more movies here.
In this movie directed by Roger Donaldson, Cage plays Will Gerard, a beloved high-school teacher empowers a group of vigilantes to exact revenge against the criminal who attacked his wife, but he begins to regret his decision when the clandestine crime fighters demand that he kill a man in return. Co-starring January Jones, Guy Pearce, Harold Perrineau and Jennifer Carpenter. Perrineau says:
If I’m being honest — I was like, Nick Cage? I’m in! (Laughs) I just wanted to work with him. He’s a guy that we’ve seen on that screen for years now. He’s like an actor’s actor.
Cage‘s ex-wife Christina Fulton blames Cage for their son’s mental illness and hospitalization. According to Fulton, Weston has been mentally ill for most of his life.
I do not want him with Nicolas Cage. I do not want him in that care. That is not the care my son needs.
In response Weston Cage says:
I am an adult. I don’t want to have anything to do with my mother. Any problems that I have ever had is because of the relationship that I had with my mother.”
Fulton says it is “an absolute disgrace” that the lawyer would solicit such a statement from her son while he was under a psychiatric hold, deemed legally incompetent.
In this movie directed by Patrick Lussier, Cage plays John Milton, an undead criminal who has broken out of Hell to kill Jonah King (Billy Burke), a cult leader who tricked Milton’s daughter into joining his followers in the wake of Milton’s death, only to kill her and her husband and steal their daughter -Milton’s granddaughter- to be sacrificed in a Satanist ritual. Co-starring Amber Heard and William Fichtner.
Well that’s what I was thinking when I was trying to stick my tongue out into the audience. I was really trying to exaggerate it, but I don’t know if they’re going to go with that or not. Might be a little too much too soon.
An average New York teenager decides to put on a costume and fight crime. Cage plays Damon Macready, also known as Big Daddy, mentor to Hit Girl. Also staring Chloe Moretz and Lyndsy Fonseca.
If I was going to be a superhero, I don’t know what kind of a costume I would choose.
Cage wins a United Nations Humanitarian Award in New York and is appointed as a UN goodwill ambassador on drugs and crime.
[My role] is to shine a spotlight on the need for global justice. My real life role as goodwill ambassador will certainly be even more challenging and meaningful than those I have portrayed on screen.
Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime:
Nicolas Cage’s characters have exposed us to some of the darkest aspects of human nature. Now he is championing one of the most noble – the quest for justice. His star status and strong conviction on these issues will help us achieve security and justice for all.
In this crime drama directed by Werner Herzog, Cage plays Terence McDonagh, a police officer in post Katrina New Orleans. After finding himself a hero in the storm’s aftermath, McDonagh also finds himself addicted to prescription pain killers and harder drugs. To feed his habit, and just because he can, McDonagh goes on a crime spree that ends in violence. Also starring Val Kilmer and Eva Mendez.
I was very vocal on the set about my feelings… but I have so much respect for Werner. It was interesting because he sounds like my great grandmother, the voice, the accent, so that was powerful, just recalling how frustrated I was with her. But I have a love for Werner because of that. He’s a great man.
Knowing is a science fiction disaster film directed by Alex Proyas and starring Cage, who plays an astrophysicist at MIT in the film.
I grew up with a professor, so that was all the research I ever needed.
August Coppola, his father, was a professor of comparative literature at Cal State Long Beach.
Cage plays Benjamin Gates who must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth’s diary to prove his ancestor’s innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Cage co-stars with Diane Kruger and Justin Bartha.
History is a world treasure and people seem to have picked up on that fact so I’d like to think that people around the world are interested in that. It is also good because it is based in our time not past or future but now.
Cage plays Yuri Orlov, an 80s era gun dealer in this crime drama directed by Andrew Niccol. After watching a Russian mob shooting in a Brighton Beach restaurant, young Orlov is inspired to become a gun dealer and make a mountain of money, and soon buys his first gun. Before he knows it Orlov has it all – money, riches, a trophy wife. Until he catches the eye of agent Jack Valentine. Also starring Jarod Leto, Bridget Moynahan and Ethan Hawke.
Andrew Niccol picked up this Uzi machine-gun, pointed it at me and said, ‘Are you in this movie or not?’ I said, ‘Well, yeah…’
Cage plays the dual roles of Charlie and Donald Kaufman in this dramedy directed by Spike Jonze and written by Susan Orlean, Charlie Kaufman and his fictitious twin Donald Kaufman. Initially meant to be a straightforward adaptation of The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, the movie is instead a surreal take on the difficulty Charlie Kaufman had in writing that adaptation. Co-starring Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper.
Access to Charlie definitely helped me shape my character. I think there are two Charlies. There’s the biological Charlie we have here, and then there’s the surrealistic Charlie, which is on the paper and in the movie. Spike and I together decided that we wanted to use the biological Charlie as a resource, in terms of interviews and examining his characteristics and the way he speaks, the way he thinks.
In this action crime thriller directed by Dominic Sena, Cage plays retired car thief Memphis Raines. Raines is called back to Las Vegas and out of retirement to help his brother steal 50 cars in one night and stop a crime boss from killing him as punishment for not completing a contract. Also starring Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Duvall, and Delroy Lindo.
When I won the Oscar I made a point of actively going against that and doing adventure films like Con Air and Gone in 60 Seconds, not what would be expected….I’ve been very blessed to get the roles that I wanna play and to be in movies that coincide in some way with my interests.
Cage wins the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter Ben Sanderson in Mike Figgis’s Leaving Las Vegas. Jessica Lange presents the award.
Oh, boy! Oh, boy! Three and a half million dollar budget, some 16mm film stock thrown in, and I’m holding one of these.
A petty thief played by Cage and the police woman who keeps arresting him fall in love and decide to start a family. When they discover they can’t have babies, they steal one from a furniture mogul who has just sired a set of quintuplets. This film stars Cage, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman.
I was impressed by their preparation. By their writing, I saw echos of other writers I admired and just how funny they were. They just kill me. Its like a bottomless they’re just funny.
Cage plays Nicky a small town boy who has been drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps and is about to serve overseas.
A romantic comedy starring Cage and Deborah Foreman. Cage plays Randy, a Hollywood punk who has crashed a party with his friend, Fred (Cameron Dye) and meets the girl of his dreams.
I was thrown off at first by the title, because I really hated valley girls in high school