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Nicolas Cage Net Worth

How rich is Nicolas Cage?

Nicolas Cage Net Worth:
$25 Million

Birth date: January 7, 1964
Birth place: Long Beach, California, United States
Height:6 ft (1.83 m)
Profession: Actor, Film Producer, Voice Actor, Television producer
Nationality: United States of America
Spouse: Alice Kim (m. 2004), Lisa Marie Presley (m. 2002–2004), Patricia Arquette (m. 1995–2001)
Children: Weston Coppola Cage, Kal-El Coppola Cage
Parents: Joy Vogelsang, August Coppola
Movies: , The Croods 2, Snowden

Nicolas Cage profiles:

myspace.com/nicolascage
imdb.com/name/nm0000115
freebase.com/m/01vvb4m
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Cage

Nicolas Cage net worth & biography:

 

Nicolas Cage net-worth is estimated to reach around 40 million dollars altogether. The majority of his own net-worth arises from his participation into appearing in pictures and also producing and creating them. He was born in 1964 in Long Beach, California and his ethnicity is both Italian and German. Nicolas Cage whose complete name is Nicolas Kim Coppolla is married to Alice Kim along with the couple has 2 kids together – Weston and KalEl. Before he recognized he wished to be an actor because of his potential, he attended Beverly Hills High-school.

Now, the majority of Nicolas Cage net-worth arises from his occupations as an actor, producer and director. Based on Forbes, in 2008 his net-worth was 38 million dollars. However, last year it improved by 2 million bucks and today Nicolas Cage net-worth reaches 40 million dollars, which demonstrates he is quite an effective actor. Based on the data gathered by Vanity Fair, his gains in 2010 achieved 23.5 million dollars and he was rated in the 17th place of the wealthiest individuals last year. The majority of his own net-worth arises from his appearances in pictures.

Nicolas Cage Net-Worth – 40 Million Dollars

The actor obtained 7.5 million dollars charge within the appearance within the film called “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”. Furthermore, because of his part within the picture entitled “Trespass” Nicolas Cage received 7 million dollars. Within the picture, he played a character of consistently furious husband and starred as well as Nicole Kidman. Moreover, within the film called “Drive Angry” Nicolas Cage played an angry father and got 6 million dollars for this character. Also, within the movie called “The Croods” he invoiced 1 of the animated figures and obtained 1 million dollars for that. Along with all these appearances, Nicolas cage had earnings of 2 million bucks from appearances in certain other older films.

As a hardworking performer, who consistently is involved into pictures Nicolas Cage is well known to a people. He’s generally directing and producing other film creations which likewise adds revenue for the entire number of Nicolas Cage net-worth, if not acting. However, Nicolas Cage is believed to owe some cash to tax companies and he’s in large debts for many of his own estates. Last Year, tax agencies pressured him to sell his estate in Southern Nevada along with the celebrity can be supposedly in trouble with tax agencies now too. Consequently, although he’s a successful and highly appreciated celebrity, he also has some enormous issues that might take off some cash from his entire net worth.

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Croods 22017pre-productionGrug (voice)
Dog Eat Dog2016announced
Army of One2016post-production
Bonjour Anne2016pre-production
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage2016pre-productionCaptain McVay
The Runner2015/IcompletedColin Price
Snowden2015post-production
Pay the Ghost2015completedMike Cole
National Treasure 3announcedBen Gates (rumored)
The Trustpost-productionJim Stone
Dying of the Light2014Evan Lake
Left Behind2014/IRayford Steele
Outcast2014/IGallain
Rage2014Paul Maguire
Joe2013/IJoe
The Frozen Ground2013Jack Halcombe
The Croods2013Grug (voice)
Stolen2012Will Montgomery
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance2011Johnny Blaze / Ghost Rider
Trespass2011Kyle Miller
Seeking Justice2011Will Gerard
Drive Angry2011Milton
Season of the Witch2011Behmen
The Sorcerer's Apprentice2010Balthazar
Kick-Ass2010Damon Macready / Big Daddy
Astro Boy2009Dr. Tenma (voice)
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans2009Terence McDonagh
G-Force2009Speckles (voice)
Knowing2009John Koestler
Bangkok Dangerous2008Joe
National Treasure: Book of Secrets2007Ben Gates
Next2007Cris Johnson
Grindhouse2007Fu Manchu (segment "Werewolf Women of the SS") (uncredited)
Ghost Rider2007Johnny Blaze / Ghost Rider
The Wicker Man2006Edward Malus
World Trade Center2006John McLoughlin
The Ant Bully2006Zoc (voice)
The Weather Man2005David Spritz
Lord of War2005Yuri Orlov
National Treasure2004Benjamin Franklin Gates
Matchstick Men2003Roy Waller
Adaptation.2002Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman
Sonny2002Acid Yellow
Windtalkers2002Sergeant Joe Enders
Christmas Carol: The Movie2001Marley (voice)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin2001Captain Antonio Corelli
The Family Man2000Jack Campbell
Gone in Sixty Seconds2000Memphis Raines
Bringing Out the Dead1999Frank Pierce
8MM1999Tom Welles
Snake Eyes1998Rick Santoro
City of Angels1998Seth
Face/Off1997Castor Troy / Sean Archer
Con Air1997Cameron Poe
The Rock1996Stanley Goodspeed
Leaving Las Vegas1995Ben Sanderson
Kiss of Death1995Little Junior Brown
Trapped in Paradise1994Bill Firpo
It Could Happen to You1994Charlie Lang
Guarding Tess1994Doug Chesnic
Deadfall1993Eddie
Red Rock West1993Michael Williams
Amos & Andrew1993Amos Odell
Honeymoon in Vegas1992Jack Singer
Zandalee1991Johnny Collins
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted1990TV MovieHeartbreaker
Fire Birds1990Jake Preston
Wild at Heart1990Sailor Ripley
Time to Kill1989Enrico Silvestri
Never on Tuesday1989Man in Red Sports Car (uncredited)
Vampire's Kiss1988Peter Loew
Moonstruck1987Ronny Cammareri
Raising Arizona1987H.I. McDunnough
Peggy Sue Got Married1986Charlie Bodell
The Boy in Blue1986Ned Hanlan
Birdy1984Al Columbato
The Cotton Club1984Vincent Dwyer
Racing with the Moon1984Nicky / Bud
Rumble Fish1983Smokey
Valley Girl1983Randy
Fast Times at Ridgemont High1982Brad's Bud (as Nicolas Coppola)
Best of Times1981TV MovieNicholas (as Nicolas Coppola)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police2012Documentary producer
A Thousand Words2012/Iproducer
The Sorcerer's Apprentice2010executive producer
Bangkok Dangerous2008producer
The Dresden Files2007-2008TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Next2007producer
The Wicker Man2006producer
Lord of War2005producer
The Life of David Gale2003producer
Sonny2002producer
Shadow of the Vampire2000producer
Bel Air2000producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Adaptation.2002performer: "Happy Together " - uncredited
Captain Corelli's Mandolin2001performer: "O'Mio Babbino Caro"
The Family Man2000performer: "La La Means I Love You"
Leaving Las Vegas1995performer: "Ridiculous" / writer: "Ridiculous"
Wild at Heart1990performer: "Love Me", "Love Me Tender"
Peggy Sue Got Married1986performer: "He Don't Love You" - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sonny2002

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Groundsman2013Short thanks
A Backyard Story2010grateful acknowledgment
Renegade Live @ the House of Blues2009Video documentary special thanks
What Is It?2005thanks
Love, Death, Elvis & Oz: The Making of 'Wild at Heart'2004Video documentary short special thanks
Specific Spontaneity: Focus on Lynch2004Video documentary short special thanks
Tricks of the Trade: Making 'Matchstick Men'2004Video documentary special thanks
Valley Girl: 20 Totally Tubular Years Later2003Video documentary short special thanks
Valley Girl: In Conversation - Nicolas Cage and Martha Coolidge2003Video documentary short special thanks
End of the Century2003Documentary thanks - as Nicholas Cage

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
NT2: Evolution of a Golden City2008Video documentary shortHimself
NT2: Inside the Library of Congress2008Video documentary shortHimself
NT2: On Location2008Video documentary shortHimself
NT2: Secrets of a Sequel2008Video documentary shortHimself
NT2: Underground Action2008Video documentary shortHimself
Eigo de shabera-night2008TV SeriesHimself
The Directors2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Wetten, dass..?2007TV SeriesHimself
Making the Best Next Thing2007Video documentary shortHimself
Weekend Sunrise2007TV SeriesHimself
HypaSpace2006-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Ghost Rider: Inside the Action2007TV MovieHimself
Corazón de...2006-2007TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'World Trade Center'2006Video documentaryHimself
Visual and Special Effects2006Video documentary shortHimself
Movie Rush2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2002-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Too Tough to Die: A Tribute to Johnny Ramone2006DocumentaryHimself
Extended Outlook: The Script2006Video documentary shortHimself
Forecast: Becoming a Weatherman2006Video shortHimself
Relative Humidity: The Characters2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Lord of War'2006Video documentary shortHimself
Magacine2005TV SeriesHimself
'National Treasure' on Location2005Video documentary shortHimself
Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope2005TV SpecialHimself
National Treasure Uncovered2004TV MovieHimself
GMTV2004TV SeriesHimself
Love, Death, Elvis & Oz: The Making of 'Wild at Heart'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Shootout2004TV SeriesHimself
John Travolta: The Inside Story2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 76th Annual Academy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: 'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World' Film Clip
Tricks of the Trade: Making 'Matchstick Men'2004Video documentaryHimself - 'Roy'
The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Intimate Portrait1996-2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Tinseltown TV2003TV SeriesHimself
Valley Girl: 20 Totally Tubular Years Later2003Video documentary shortHimself
Valley Girl: In Conversation - Nicolas Cage and Martha Coolidge2003Video documentary shortHimself
The Code Talkers: A Secret Code of Honor2003Video documentary shortHimself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role / Past Winner
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
Inside the Actors Studio2003TV SeriesHimself
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Cult: Music Without Fear2002VideoHimself (uncredited)
Sean Connery, an Intimate Portrait2002DocumentaryHimself
Howard Stern1996-2002TV SeriesHimself
2002 MTV Movie Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Hollywood Salutes Nicolas Cage: An American Cinematheque Tribute2002TV SpecialHimself
Spaghetti Requiem2001DocumentaryHimself
2001 ABC World Stunt Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Gomorron2000-2001TV SeriesHimself / Jack Campbell / Himself - Om Filmen
2000 MTV Movie Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000TV Series documentaryHimself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself
Making of Bringing Out the Dead1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Award to Norman Jewison
HBO First Look1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Junket Whore1998DocumentaryHimself
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Welcome to Hollywood1998Himself
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Making Angels1998Video documentary shortHimself - 'Seth'
Sean Connery Close Up1997Video documentaryHimself
Wild On...1997TV SeriesHimself
The 69th Annual Academy Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Most Unlikely Heroes1996TV SpecialHimself
Very Important Pennis1996TV SeriesHimself
Mundo VIP1996TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Clint Eastwood1996TV Special documentaryHimself
The 68th Annual Academy Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Male Actor in a Leading Role
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama & Presenter: Cecil B. DeMille Award
A Century of Cinema1994DocumentaryHimself
CBS This Morning1994TV SeriesHimself
Today1994TV SeriesHimself
Hi Octane1994TV SeriesHimself
The 66th Annual Academy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound Mixing
Hollywood Waterloo1994DocumentaryHimself
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Wogan1992TV SeriesHimself
Jonathan Ross Presents for One Week Only: David Lynch1990TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Nicholas Cage)
The Word1990TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The 60th Annual Academy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself -Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
SXSW Flashback 20142014TV MovieHimself
Extra2014TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2004-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2010-2014TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2014TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHimself
Superheroes: From Page to Screen2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Morning2013TV SeriesHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself
Vivir de cine2013TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010-2013TV SeriesHimself
ES.TV HD2011-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Bambule - Das Magazin2012TV SeriesHimself
Entertainers with Byron Allen2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
Attack of the Show!2011-2012TV SeriesHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live with Nick Lachey2012TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009-2012TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live1992-2012TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host
Late Show with David Letterman2005-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Scream Awards 20112011TV SpecialHimself
Janela Indiscreta2010-2011TV SeriesHimself
Jump Start Live2011TV SeriesHimself
Close Up2011TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Actor
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story2010DocumentaryHimself
Lopez Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself
Mark at the Movies2010TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight1990-2010TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2010TV SeriesHimself
The Rotten Tomatoes Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Was ich bin sind meine Filme - Teil 2... nach 30 Jahren2010DocumentaryHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2010TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-2010TV SeriesHimself
At the Movies2009TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2009TV SeriesHimself
Making of...2009TV Series documentary
Le grand journal de Canal+2009TV SeriesHimself
The Movie Loft2009TV SeriesHimself
Samuel L. Jackson: An American Cinematheque Tribute2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
NT2: Set in History2008Video documentary shortHimself
NT2: Crafting the Presidents' Book2008Video documentary shortHimself
NT2: Creating the London Chase2008Video documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?2015DocumentaryHimself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentary
Welcome to the Basement2013-2014TV SeriesHimself / Donald Kaufman / Charlie Kaufman / ...
Entertainment Tonight2013TV SeriesHimself
Elvis Found Alive2012DocumentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live Backstage2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Comedy Lab2010TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesTerence McDonagh
Del corto a Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired2008DocumentaryHimself
The Light and the Dark: The Making of 'Face/Off'2007Video documentaryHimself
Horâ wo 666 bai tanoshiku miru hô'hô2007TV MovieHimself
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood2007TV Movie documentaryCaptain Antonio Corelli
City Confidential2007TV Series documentaryHimself
San Sebastián 2006: Crónica de Carlos Boyero2006TV Movie documentaryJohn McLoughlin
Premio Donostia a Matt Dillon2006TV MovieSmokey (uncredited)
The Curse of Superman2006TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 22006Video documentaryHimself
VH1 News Presents: Hollywood Secrets Revealed - Scenes They Don't Want You to See2006TV ShortHimself
On Location in Tulsa: The Making of 'Rumble Fish'2005Video shortHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
101 Biggest Celebrity Oops2004TV Special documentaryHimself - #28 Francis Ford Coppola casts Sofia in Godfather 3
Bully & Rick2004TV SeriesHimself
Celebrities Uncensored2003TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Love Chain2003TV SeriesHimself
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryH.I. McDunnough
Biography1999TV Series documentaryHimself
100 Years at the Movies1994TV Short documentaryHimself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialCharlie Bodell (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Charlie Chaplin Icon AwardCatalina Film Festival
2013Huading AwardHuading AwardBest Global Actor in a Motion PictureJoe (2013)
2010TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorThe Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
2007Golden CameraGolden Camera, GermanyFilm International
2005Half-Life AwardCineVegas International Film Festival
2005WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsMost Offensive Male CharacterLord of War (2005)
2004Barrymore AwardHollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards
2003Career Achievement AwardChicago International Film Festival
2002TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Performance, MaleAdaptation. (2002)
2001American Cinematheque AwardAmerican Cinematheque Gala Tribute
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - Comedy/RomanceThe Family Man (2000)
2001Desert Palm Achievement AwardPalm Springs International Film Festival
2001Special AwardShoWest Convention, USADistinguished Decade of Achievement in Film
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - SuspenseSnake Eyes (1998)
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - Drama/RomanceCity of Angels (1998)
1998Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - Action/AdventureFace/Off (1997)
1998MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen DuoFace/Off (1997)John Travolta
1998Peter J. Owens AwardSan Francisco International Film Festival
1998Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 31 July 1998. At 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
1997Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - Action/AdventureThe Rock (1996)
1997Jupiter AwardJupiter AwardBest International ActorCon Air (1997)
1997MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen DuoThe Rock (1996)Sean Connery
1996CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996Jupiter AwardJupiter AwardBest International ActorLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996Career Exellence AwardMontréal World Film Festival
1996NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActorLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActorLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995Silver SeashellSan Sebastián International Film FestivalBest ActorLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995STFC AwardSociety of Texas Film Critics AwardsBest ActorLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1995Tribute to Independent Vision AwardSundance Film Festival

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorLeft Behind (2014)
2014IFJA AwardIndiana Film Journalists Association, USBest ActorJoe (2013)
2013Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorGhost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
2012Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorDrive Angry (2011)
2012Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Screen CoupleDrive Angry (2011)
2010Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActorThe Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
2010Scream AwardScream AwardsBest SuperheroKick-Ass (2010)
2010Scream AwardScream AwardsBest Fantasy ActorKick-Ass (2010)
2010Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Action AdventureKick-Ass (2010)
2009Scream AwardScream AwardsBest Actor in a Science Fiction Movie or TV ShowKnowing (2009)
2008Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorGhost Rider (2007)
2007Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorThe Wicker Man (2006)
2007Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Screen CoupleThe Wicker Man (2006)
2006People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Movie Star
2004ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsActor of the YearAdaptation. (2002)
2003BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleAdaptation. (2002)
2003CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorAdaptation. (2002)
2003Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActorAdaptation. (2002)
2003DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorAdaptation. (2002)
2003Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorAdaptation. (2002)
2003OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ActorAdaptation. (2002)
2003OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorAdaptation. (2002)
2003OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest EnsembleAdaptation. (2002)Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Brian Cox
2003PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleAdaptation. (2002)
2003PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting EnsembleAdaptation. (2002)Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Cara Seymour, Meryl Streep, Tilda Swinton
2003Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalAdaptation. (2002)
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleAdaptation. (2002)
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureAdaptation. (2002)Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Cara Seymour, Meryl Streep, Tilda Swinton
2003VES AwardVisual Effects Society AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in an Effects FilmAdaptation. (2002)
2003OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleAdaptation. (2002)
2003Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalAdaptation. (2002)
2002ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleAdaptation. (2002)
2002ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleAdaptation. (2002)Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Brian Cox, Cara Seymour
2002Grand Special PrizeDeauville Film FestivalSonny (2002)
2002UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorAdaptation. (2002)
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - ActionGone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
1999MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen DuoCity of Angels (1998)Meg Ryan
1998Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorFace/Off (1997)
1998MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Male PerformanceFace/Off (1997)
1998MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest VillainFace/Off (1997)John Travolta
1996BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActorLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadLeaving Las Vegas (1995)
1996People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actor
1996Sant JordiSant Jordi AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Mejor Actor Extranjero)Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
1993Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/MusicalHoneymoon in Vegas (1992)
1988American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)Raising Arizona (1987)
1988Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/MusicalMoonstruck (1987)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ActorThe Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
1996Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorLeaving Las Vegas (1995)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorThe Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
2003VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest ActorAdaptation. (2002)

TitleSalary
The Croods (2013)$1,000,000
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)$7,500,000
Trespass (2011)$7,000,000
Seeking Justice (2011)$12,000,000
Drive Angry (2011)$6,000,000
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)$12,000,000
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)$2,000,000
National Treasure (2004)$20,000,000
Adaptation. (2002)$2,000,000
Windtalkers (2002)$20,000,000
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)$7,000,000
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)$20,000,000
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)$10,000,000
Snake Eyes (1998)$16,000,000
Face/Off (1997)$6,000,000
The Rock (1996)$4,000,000
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)$240,000
Vampire's Kiss (1988)$40,000
Valley Girl (1983)$5,000

#Fact
1His birthday is one day before Elvis Presley's, of whom he is a fan.
2Was to have starred in 'Superman Lives' to be directed by Tim Burton but Warner's canceled it.
3Once woke up in his house at Orange County in the middle of the night to find a naked man eating a fudgesicle in front of his bed. The man was arrested by police but Cage pressed no charges.
4Became a grandfather for the 1st time at age 50 when his son Weston Cage welcomed a son, Lucian Augustus Coppola Cage on July 1, 2014.
5Anchorage, AK, USA: acting in The Frozen Ground (2013). [November 2011]
6Bought the sprawling Gray Craig estate in Middletown for $15.7 million, a purchase price that ranks among the highest ever for a home in Rhode Island. [August 2007]
7Filming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011) in Turkey. [January 2011]
8He's selling the sprawling Gray Craig estate in Middletown, Rhode Island. [October 2008]
9Became a father for the 1st time at age 26 when his girlfriend Christina Fulton gave birth to their son Weston Cage on December 26, 1990.
10Stated that the reason he owned so many pieces of property in the past--including multiple castles, mansions, and an island--was to protect his money without buying stock or relying on a bank, believing that real estate was the most trustworthy way to accomplish this. However, after the real estate bubble collapsed, he sold most of his property at a loss and rescinded on his belief. He now owns a modest amount of property: a house in Las Vegas near his friends and a small cottage near Glastonbury, England.
11On Reddit, he has an entire community devoted to him called "One True God.".
12March 2009 - Sold Schloss Neidstein, a castle in the Bavarian village of Etzelwang.
13Was originally cast as "Randy 'The Ram' Robinson" in The Wrestler (2008). However, Cage dropped out of the film because he felt he didn't have time to bulk up for the part and director Darren Aronofsky's heart was set on Mickey Rourke. Mickey would go on to win a Golden Globe and be nominated for an Oscar for his performance.
14He named his five favorite films as East of Eden (1955), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Wizard of Oz (1939).
15Despite playing her father in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Cage is 1 year younger than Helen Hunt.
16Ex-girlfriend Christina Fulton hit Cage with a $13 million lawsuit in 2009, regarding a property transfer. They negotiated a settlement in June 2011.
17When Cage was arrested in New Orleans and charged with alleged domestic violence against his wife, Alice, and disturbing the peace. The $11,000 needed to bail him out was posted by Duane 'Dog' Chapman, better known as "Dog the Bounty Hunter". [April 2011]
18The historic LaLurie House on the corner of Royal and Gov. Nicholls St. in New Orleans, which Cage bought for $3,450,000 in 2007, is reputed to be haunted by the many slaves tortured and killed by Delphine LaLurie in the 1830s.
19Is an alumnus of the children's theatre group MET2 along with Adam Lambert, Sofia Coppola, Matt McFarland, Kylie Tyndall, Keaton Tyndall, Vivian Bayubay, Nathan Norton, Derek Klena, Lauren Klena, & Roma Watkins.
20While making an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) for the film Knowing (2009), he mentioned that he is fascinated with hang-gliding.
21Owns the rights of the original The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963) movie, which he bought from Ted Turner, with the intention of turning it into a movie.
22Owns homes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York City and in one in Middletown, Rhode Island, which he purchased in 2007.
23In 2006, he donated $2 million to Amnesty International for a fund to help child soldiers.
242007: Bought Midford Castle (though not an actual castle) near Bath, England for an estimated price £5 million (about $10 million).
25Former son-in-law of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley.
26Devoted Elvis Presley fan that he is, in Wild at Heart (1990) he performed the Elvis classic "Love Me" with uncanny aplomb.
27Owns a home in New Orleans.
28Great-grandson of Francesco Pennino.
29He said he realized that all great movie stars, such as Spencer Tracy, had had recognizable voices, so he has stylized his to be distinctive.
30Auditioned for the role of Joel in Risky Business (1983), which eventually went to Tom Cruise and helped launch his career.
311999: Was among the guests at the wedding of Spike Jonze and Sofia Coppola. Others were George Lucas, Jason Schwartzman, Bo Barrett, Kirsten Dunst and Tom Waits.
32Was originally considered for the role of Brad Hamilton in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), but after his audition the studio thought his performance was too dark and the role went, instead, to Judge Reinhold. Additionally, Cage was 17 at the time and could not work as many hours as actors over 18. In this film, he is credited under the name Nicolas Coppola for the first and only time.
33Offered the role of Green Goblin/Norman Osborn in Spider-Man (2002).
34Said in a Reader's Digest interview that his wife, Alice, is into designing jewelry and has no interest whatsoever in being an actress.
352006: He purchased a home on the former property of John Wayne in Newport Beach, CA, for a record-setting $24 million.
36Considered "Blue" before settling on "Cage" as his surname.
37Big fan of Elvis Presley.
38Was a very close friend of late Johnny Ramone.
39After his first film role (in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)), he adopted the stage name of Cage, because he wanted to assure himself that any success he had was based on his own merits, not the fame of his uncle, Francis Ford Coppola.
40July 2006: Bought Schloss Neidstein, a mini castle in the Bavarian village of Etzelwang.
41Former stepfather of Patricia Arquette's son Enzo Rossi, Riley Keough and Benjamin Keough.
42Referred to as the "Jazz musician of acting" by David Lynch.
43Trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Royce Gracie
44Became a father for the 2nd time at age 41 when his 3rd wife Alice Kim Cage gave birth to their son Kal-el Coppola Cage on October 3, 2005. Just as Nick was named after a comic book character, "Luke Cage", so he has named his son after the comic book character "Kal-el" (aka Superman).
45His is (along with his cousin Sofia Coppola) the third generation of Oscar winners in the Coppola family. His uncle, Francis Ford Coppola and his grandfather, Carmine Coppola, are the other two generations. They are the second family to do so, the first family is the Hustons - Anjelica Huston, John Huston and Walter Huston.
46Attended Justin-Siena High School in Napa, CA, during the early '80s.
47Ate a real cockroach in the film Vampire's Kiss (1988), it reportedly took three takes. He once said about the experience, "Every muscle in my body didn't want to do it, but I did it anyway."
48Went to the same high school as Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Lenny Kravitz, David Schwimmer, Jonathan Silverman, Gina Gershon, Rhonda Fleming, Jackie Cooper, Rob Reiner, Antonio Sabato Jr., Pauly Shore, Michael Tolkin, Betty White, Corbin Bernsen, Elizabeth Daily, Albert Brooks and Crispin Glover.
49Met his future wife, Alice Kim Cage, at a sushi bar where she was a waitress. When they married she was only 20 years old.
50Former cousin, by marriage, of director Spike Jonze.
51One of three actors (with Lee Marvin [Cat Ballou (1965)] and Peter Sellers [Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)]) with an Oscar nomination for playing multiple characters in a film (in Adaptation. (2002), he plays two characters, Donald and Charlie). Marvin is the only one who actually won one for a double role.
52On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), he told Jay that he took the name "Cage" from a comic book character named Luke Cage, the "first black superhero." This is not accurate; the first black superhero in mainstream comics was Marvel's Black Panther, introduced in 1966. Luke Cage, introduced in 1972, was also preceded by: Marvel's Falcon, introduced in 1969; the black western hero, Lobo, from Dell Comics in 1965 (the first black character to star in his own title); the title character of "Waku, Prince of the Bantu," an African chieftain, introduced as part of the Atlas Comics anthology title "Jungle Tales" in 1954. When asked which of the powers he would prefer to have, he said flight was his desire.
53Cousin of Sofia Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola.
54Graduated UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.
55During an A&E Biography on him, the host explained that Cage was director Sam Raimi's first choice to play Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in the movie Spider-Man (2002). Apparently this was before he met Willem Dafoe.
56Father, August Coppola, was formerly a professor at Cal State Long Beach and Dean of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University.
57May 2001: Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts by California State University, Fullerton and also spoke at the commencement.
58Cousin of Robert Schwartzman, who changed his name to Robert Schwartzman-Cage inspired by Nicolas.
592001: Announced that he is dating Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the late Elvis Presley. They later married.
60On his upper back he has a tattoo of monitor lizard with a top hat.
61Tim Burton cast Cage in his doomed Superman project. Cage even did fittings of the costume.
62Suffers from vertigo.
631984: Listed as one of 12 "Promising New Actors of 1984" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 36.
64Ranked #37 in Premiere's 100 most powerful people in Hollywood in 1998.
65The Wild at Heart (1990) movie poster lists his name as both "Nicolas Cage" and "Nicholas Cage".
66Collects comic books and sees them as being today's equivalent of mythology.
67Loves to improvise, ocassionally to the annoyance of other cast members.
681997: He lived in a fake castle on the outskirts Los Angeles. He wants to import an authentic one from overseas.
69Proposed to Patricia Arquette on the day he met her in the early 1980s. Arquette thought he was a bit strange but played along with his antics by creating a list of things Cage would have to fulfill to win her. When he started to work his way through the list, Arquette got scared and avoided him. They met again many years later and later went on to marry.
70Grandson of Carmine Coppola.
71Younger brother of Marc Coppola and Christopher Coppola.
72Owns a Lamborghini that used to belong to Prince Ali-Reza Pahlavi, the former Shah of Iran.
73Stage name taken from comic book character Luke Cage.
74Close friend of Tom Waits, Crispin Glover and Rush drummer Neil Peart.
75Got Johnny Depp his first acting job.
76Nephew of Francis Ford Coppola and Talia Shire.
77Was engaged to Kristen Zang.
78October 1997: Ranked #40 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
792000: Filed divorce papers in February, withdrew them in April.
80His father was of Italian descent. His maternal grandfather was of approximately three quarters German and one quarter British Isles (English, Scottish) ancestry. His maternal grandmother was of Polish descent.

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1I try to pick ans choose my material based on what I can do to challenge myself and make myself uncomfortable. Always stay a student, never be a maestro.
2When I did 'Joe' it was an opportunity for me to get what I call 'naked' as a film presence. It was time to not put things on top of a performance, but take things off - where I could take my life experience of the last years and find a script where I didn't have to act. Where I could just be, and not think too much about it. What was a great compliment was when my wife saw it with me in Venice and said, 'That's you'.
3[advice to aspiring screen actors] If you're doing something really extraordinary, chances are you'll be an original. That might scare some people in the casting office. They might not know what to do with that. What I would suggest is to put a frame on it. Tape your audition. Put your performance in a frame so they can see it, and then go into the office. But I would send the tape. If you are genuinely talented, you are to be doing things that are special. So put a frame on it.
4[on developing performance style] I [wanted]to get more 'quietude' - what Hemingway would call the taut fishing line. I wanted to have that simplicity again.'Joe' gave me the opportunity to explore that.. I see myself as a student. I'll hopefully do more seasoned kinds of performance as I get older.
5[on being sought by Cher to join the cast of 'Moonstruck'] I don't really know why she wanted me in the movie. She kept fighting for me. She saw me in 'Peggy Sue Got Married' and said it was like watching a two-hour train wreck. It was pretty intimidating to be her leading man.
6I'd love to make a movie with Jack Nicholson. I don't know why it hasn't happened yet! But I think the two of us together, would [laughs] ... I'm sure it would be something to talk about! I feel very comfortable with him and I think we would do something special together.
7I don't take criticism seriously and I don't take praise seriously, both would be a mistake. If you buy into the negative that is the Internet today, or the cynical critic, it's not unlike listening to an abusive father that's trying to cave you in and you can't function. If you buy into praise, to people who adore you, you might get lazy and say, 'Well, I'll just keep doing that.' You have to stay uncomfortable. I learned that from David Bowie. I said, 'How do you do it? How do you keep reinventing yourself?' He said, 'I just never got comfortable with anything I was doing.' I knew those were words of wisdom from a great artist and I took those words seriously.
8I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean. I saw him in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955). Nothing affected me - no rock song, no classical music - the way Dean affected in Eden. It blew my mind. I was like, 'That's what I want to do.' This was before everyone had a thing called a Smartphone - just being famous for famous' sake. I'm not complaining, but it really sucks to be famous right now.
9I am in the process of reinventing myself. I am returning to my roots, which is independently spirited, dramatic characters. I had taken a year off to re-evaluate everything I had done, different kinds of performances I had done, the more operatic and more baroque stuff like Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011), Drive Angry (2011) or Season of the Witch (2011). I wanted to find something where I could use my life experience, my memories and my emotions."
10I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean. I saw him in "Rebel Without a Cause," "East of Eden." Nothing affected me -- no rock song, no classical music -- the way Dean affected in "Eden." It blew my mind. I was like, "That's what I want to do." This was before everyone had a thing called a Smartphone, and before the advent of the "celebutard" -- just being famous for famous' sake. I'm not complaining, but it really sucks to be famous right now.
11Now even the art of film criticism... now in the LA Times, the critic who reviewed "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," incorporated how many homes I bought or sold into the review. What the hell does Lindsay Lohan's personal life have to do with her performance in "The Canyons"? It should always be about the work itself. What difference does it make if Bill Clinton had an affair -- how does that affect his performance as President?
12Sometimes your very own family that you're close to can be toxic. They take your success or your potential as a personal insult on their failure, and they beat you up or they say you'll never make it.
13I haven't isolated myself. I am not living on a yacht somewhere. I am not tucked away or behind a gate somewhere. I am not flying on a private plane. I am going to the airport, I am with people, some of the interactions are good, some of them are not so good, but it keeps me in touch with being, you know, part of society. And I think that's necessary to stay relevant to be able to tell stories about people, which is what actors do.
14Film acting is one of the only industries where you're criticized for working hard. In any other industry it's considered a quality and something to behold.
15[on the most haunted place he's ever been to] There's a house I used to live in called The LaLaurie Mansion on Royal Street in New Orleans, and it's notorious as the most haunted house in the United States. I spent time in there alone in total darkness to get some inspiration to write the great American horror novel, but I didn't get far. I'm not gonna go into detail.
16Halloween is a great holiday for any actor if you think about it. It's all about dress-up and playing characters. So yeah, it's always had a special place for me.
17[on having a stalker] That was horrible. I mean, that's as bad as it gets: 2am and there's a naked man standing in front of your bed watching you sleep. It's not funny, but somehow people find it amusing.
18I'm one of those guys where the more coffee I drink, the more stunts I do, the more relaxed I get.
19There's very few things that make me laugh. Mike Myers as Austin Powers makes me laugh - that was genius - and Daffy Duck makes me laugh, but I like odd behavior. I don't like hip dialogue and one-liners and all that sort of cool, sophomoric comedy. It's just not for me.
20I'm up for anything that will get me to the truth of a performance.
21I hate violence. I just hate it. I read the paper every day - the New York Times, The Guardian - and I feel it, you know? It gets inside. I'm amazed that people are capable of those kinds of things to children and women.
22I would like to see a sequel to Lord of War (2005). I think it would work really well, especially in this day and age where guns are at the center of political discussion. And also the boy in the movie, my son, there's this idea that he grows up and he goes into the trade and then I'm trying to get him out of it. I think that could be a very interesting movie.
23Superman is an American myth. Like the English have Shakespeare.
24I think that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011) was mentally taxing, if only because I had to go to a Christmas party shortly after I had wrapped photography in Romania at 2 in the morning as the Ghost Rider. The invitation had a Christmas ornament on it with Ghost Rider's face on it as a tree. I had a couple of schnapps and went to the party; I had not entirely let go of whatever magic I had been channelling, and all hell broke lose. In fact, I think I kept saying over and over: "Merry Christmas, you assholes!" I am lucky I'm not in a Romanian prison.
25The first time that I played Ghost Rider (2007). Blaze was easy; I knew he was a man who had been living with a curse for 8 years of having his head light on fire, and the tone that would take. I compared him to a cop, or a paramedic who develops a dark sense of humour to cope with the horrors he has seen. But Blaze has also caused the horrors, so he's hiding out because he doesn't want to hurt anyone else. Ghost Rider was an entirely new experience, and he got me thinking.
26(1998, Movieline Magazine) I see Miles Davis as a surrealist father of mine. He was the first person to believe in me as an actor, the one who first said he understood what I was talking about. It was on "The Dick Cavett Show." Before we went on he said to me, "Why aren't you wearing your leather jacket? Didn't you learn anything from Dennis Hopper?" Because I was wearing a suit. Then I went out and started talking about how if Picasso could paint surreal, why couldn't actors try to achieve that as well? Then Miles came on, and he was very considerate and he said, "I hear what you're saying." He kept looking at me like we had our own connection. Ever since then he stayed in my thoughts. He said the words I needed to hear to keep going with my choices. It's weird because my surrealist name, Cage, is actually taken from a black character, Luke Cage.
27(1998, Movieline Magazine) I did not want to be in Peggy Sue Got Married. I turned it down three times. Francis said, "I really need you to be in the movie." I read the script, which was a perfectly romantic film, but the character he wanted me to play was boring. He was the babe to Kathleen Turner's starring role. Just like women don't want to play the babe in movies, I didn't want to be Kathleen Turner's babe. I just wanted to play a character. So I thought, How can I make this guy really far out? I asked Francis about it on the phone and he said, Absolutely. I said, "I want to go really far out." He asked, "How far do you want to go?" I said, "I want to talk like Pokey" Because to me it was funny. And also, it was the way a lot of guys in high school sounded before their voices changed-they always had this high-sounding voice that would crack. When I see the movie now I'm really happy that I did that. I really am.
28(1998 quote) What I like so much about Warhol-and he's actually influenced my acting, especially with Wild at Heart-is that he takes these icons and makes them his own, which is a brave thing to do. With acting it's not something you're supposed to do-you're never supposed to mimic or copy another person. For Wild at Heart I thought, 'Let's be Elvis'. I've always called that my Warhol performance, because I tried to subvert the image.
29(1998, on the scariest thing that has happened to him) Years ago I was driving a car I'd bought, an Austin Healey with a V-8 engine, sort of a makeshift Cobra. I had taken it to a mechanic to put an automatic shifter in it. The mechanic did a really sloppy job. If you barely knocked the shifter it would go into separate gears. I was driving on the Hollywood Freeway and I accidentally bumped it into park. I was doing 80 mph at 10 p.m. and I started doing 360s. I wound up facing traffic, and then a Mack truck was coming at me. I thought, 'This is it, I'm dead'. The truck driver had a CB radio and said, "Put the car in reverse." I did and drove backwards until I got off at the exit, backwards!
30(1998 quote) I was once surrounded by rattlesnakes in a rattlesnake patch with my cousin Roman when we were 16 or 17. We were fishing in Napa Valley and walked right into it. There was a huge one coiled in front of us. A bigger one, to the left, was uncoiled, so I knew he wasn't a problem. We had to go over the coiled one, so we felt trapped and paralyzed with fear. There was nowhere to run, we were surrounded. I saw this pole with a nail through it, and I knew that I had to do something, so I grabbed the pole and pounded the snake. Then it came up and started rattling and was about to strike. I killed it, but felt bad about it. I felt anything you kill you've got to eat, so I took it home, cut the poison glands out, took the rattles off and cooked it.
31(1996, on his life) I know what I want to do, I'm doing it, but I'm still very much a student of the craft and I think I can go further. I still torment myself. I have a lot of self-doubt.
32(1996) If I thought about awards, I would not have been able to do a movie like Leaving Las Vegas, because the word around town was that Mike [Figgis] and I were making the most unreleasable movie in Hollywood. I had some fear that the movie would not get released.
33(1996) I do not have a religion in my life, I wasn't raised that way. My father always believed that if I was going to have a religion I should discover it on my own and not have it crammed down my throat at a young age. I kind of wish I had some religion.
34(1996, on if he wants to do theater work) No, I have stage fright. I don't like it. I've never gotten over it.
35(1996) I remember my prom was a complete disaster. I used bonds my grandmother had given me to rent a tuxedo and a limousine so I could go to the prom with this beautiful girl. And at the end of the night I went to kiss her and she responded. I was so nervous that my stomach got really nauseous and I said, "Excuse me" and just threw up on the street all over my shoes and my rented tux. The limo driver wouldn't let me in the car. He split and I had to walk home. That was my prom night.
36(1996 quote) Jim Carrey and I went to George Hamilton's wine bar. He's an interesting one. He was there and had some fun stories. I told him how he was one of my heroes from the time he played Evel Knievel. We had cigars, and very expensive bottles of wine were opened, and Jim and I were going, "This is great, man." At the end of the night we got slapped with an $8,000 bill. It was at that point that George became the fox in the Pinocchio story. He happens to look quite a bit like that fox. I would not want to play cards with George Hamilton.
37{on the recession] People are losing their jobs because of what's going on in the economy, but I want to make movies that give families something to look forward to.
38James Dean in "East of Eden," the scene where he's trying to give Raymond Massey the money on his father's birthday. I was 14, I was at the New Beverly Cinema, and I said, "Oh, no, that is exactly how I feel. Oh my God, I have to do this. Nothing else ever affected me as strongly. -- on if there were any moments in his life when he realized he was going to be an actor.
39Usually it's very cathartic. The hard stuff is when you're not feeling great and you have to do a really happy scene. -- on the personal toll acting can take on a person.
40I don't want to minimize the effort that goes into having a career, but now with the video age, let's face it, you can write your own stories and you can make your own movies and get it out. Or go on stage somewhere in a small venue off-off-off-Broadway.
41So many directors are so arrogant. For example, Klaus Kinsky -- who Werner Herzog has a legacy with -- he was very frustrated with the arrogance. We always hear Werner's side of the story about "Klaus was this and Klaus was that" but you never get to here Klaus' side of the story. I was doing a scene (on "Bad Lieutenant") -- it was in my second day of shooting -- and we all know the imagination and preparation (required) to think I was on cocaine (for the character). There was a little bottle of baby powder, and I'm snorting that. I'm psyching up, I'm psyching up, and he comes up and says (in German accent), "Now Nicolas, what is in that vial?" And I was like, "Are you kidding me? After four hours of this you're gonna actually ask me that? Take me out of my preparation? You would think the director would understand the actor's process and give us the space and the room to do what it is we need to do.
42(The hardest part was) trying to figure out how I was going to entertain you while playing a guy who was completely out of his mind on crack. At the same time, trying to be responsible so it didn't become an advertisement for doing drugs. The other thing is, I wasn't sure I could play the part totally sober, which I was. In "Leaving Las Vegas," I had a few drinks between scenes to get to a certain feeling, to get to a certain truth. But with this I was trying to look at it more impressionistically from a landscape of maybe 25 years ago to see what would come out of that filter of my imagination. -- on the toughest aspect of preparing for "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call -- New Orleans"
43I was being stalked by a mime - silent but maybe deadly. Somehow, this mime would appear on the set of set of Bringing Out the Dead (1999) and start doing strange things. I have no idea how it got past security. Finally, the producers took some action and I haven't seen the mime since. But it was definitely unsettling.
44[on Face/Off (1997)] Without tooting my own horn - I think it's a masterpiece.
45[on making his character in Knowing (2009) a single father] I have seen a lot of movies with single mothers and their children. They're good, but there are not so many with capable single fathers. There seems to be this archetype that if you're a man and single, you're incapable of raising a child, which I think needs to be broken. If you find yourself in that position - like I have - it's important not to give up because of what people tell you.
46There is a method of thought that says it's better to stay mysterious, make yourself an event so when you come out, people have a hunger to see you again. I can think of some superstars who adopt that principle, where they are very selective. But we are all going to get older, and there is something to be said about doing some of your best work when you are younger, when you still have that virility, something visceral and raw. I've heard there have been some actors who've regretted not doing more work when they were under fifty. (On why he works so much)
47I remember when I met Johnny Depp, he was a guitar player from Florida, and he had no idea he could be an actor. I said, "I really think you are an actor, that you have that ability." That was just from playing one game of Monopoly with him. I sent him to my agent and he has gone on to carve out a successful career.
48What happens is, you become different people in your path as an actor. When I was doing those things, I was a very new actor. I didn't have a lot of training, and I was trying to make some sort of impact, because that was what was important for me at the time - to get on the map. There were things I would do that were more shocking, or approaches I would do to try and live the character, because I didn't have the training. But then, as I went on, I started to find other methods, ways to get into characters that weren't exactly destroying my life. (On the wild eccentrics he used to get into character earlier in his career)
49When I did Vampire's Kiss (1988), I got so wound up. It was so important to me that this vision I had of Peter Lowe's character get on film exactly the way that I wanted it, that I frankly don't think I was very easy for anyone to live with. Certainly, I was not easy for myself to live with. I remember that I wasn't drinking or anything at the time. One night I felt so wound up that I was about to snap. I ordered a martini. And I just relaxed, and I could tell my body really needed a rest. From then on, I learned you can do good work without torturing yourself.
50It's good to make movies that are tragedies, where people can think about things in life that are undeniable, that everyone has to deal with. But at the same time, it's also healing to make movies that are entertaining, that are a lot of fun, where you don't have to think about your problems.
51[Pablo Picasso] said art is a lie that tells the truth. What if you just want to tell the truth and not lie about it?
52I needed to change my name just to liberate myself and find out I could do it without walking into a Hollywood casting office with the name Coppola.
53It's very risky for an actor who's a bankable star to make pictures like The Weather Man (2005) or Lord of War (2005) because they inevitably promote them like big studio releases. And they're not big studio movies, they're more edgy, thought-provoking, independent-spirited films. What happens is, it goes into the computer, and everyone says they can't open the movie because they thought it was X when it actually was Y.
54I want to make all kinds of movies. I do want to make big movies that are a lot of fun to go to, but I also want to make movies that are going to stimulate some thought and maybe raise some awareness. And so please don't think you're gonna go on a roller-coaster ride with those movies.
55I'm at the point now where I know I'm doing something right when a movie gets mixed reviews, because then I'm not in the box. I don't want to make it too easy for people and I don't want to make it too easy for myself. I want to try something unusual. I feel good about the bad reviews because I feel like I've affected them on some level. They may not know what I was trying to do but they felt something.
56Hollywood didn't know if I was an actor or a nut or if I was this crazy character I was playing. I had developed an image of being a little bit unusual, different and wild.
57[about his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley] I'm sad about this, but we shouldn't have been married in the first place.
58I am not a demon. I am a lizard, a shark, a heat-seeking panther. I want to be Bob Denver on acid playing the accordion.
59There's a fine line between the Method actor and the schizophrenic.
60To be a good actor you have to be something like a criminal, to be willing to break the rules to strive for something new.

#Trademark
1Often plays eccentric wisecracking characters
2Often plays flamboyant and/or eccentric characters (Ronny Cammareri in Moonstruck (1987), Sailor Ripley in Wild at Heart (1990), Ben Sanderson in Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman in Adaptation. (2002)).

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