6. The Naming of His Second Son
Man, naming things is really important to Nic Cage, isn’t it? For the curious, Nic has two sons: Weston, who is 21, and—I kid you not—6-year-old Kal-El. Kal-El, by the way, is Superman’s birth name. Given Nic’s preoccupation with comics and superhero names, this probably shouldn’t surprise me as much as it does; but to quote Eddie Izzard, I just want to have been in the room when they were working that one out.
7. Ghost Rider
I’ll be honest with you: I was not aware that the first Ghost Rider film from 2007 actually did well enough to warrant a sequel. It was widely panned, and Nic got a Razzie nomination for Worst Actor for his troubles. But! It’s notable for being the first time that he finally got to play a comic book character. Given how into comics Nic is (he’s even written one with oldest son), that’s big news. And what’s more action-packed than a comic book movie?
8. Hey, Mr. Producer!
Even if you’re an actor, life can sometimes get static. That’s why it’s good to shake things up sometimes. It’s also why Nic announced in 2006 at the Bahamas International Film Festival that he was going to start cutting back on acting to pursue other interests: “I feel I’ve made a lot of movies already and I want to start exploring other opportunities that I can apply myself to, whether it’s writing or other interests that I may develop,” he said. So he tried on the producer’s hat, acting as executive producer of the Sy Fy show The Dresden Files. While the show was short-lived (sadly, because it was actually quite good), it must’ve felt good to try doing something unfamiliar and new for a change.
Finally, the comic book movie Nicolas Cage was meant to make! He and Chloe Moretz made one helluva team as a pair of father-daughter crime fighters in Matthew Vaughn’s 2010 adaptation of Mark Millar’s graphic novel. Also, the combination of Batman cowl and Fu-Manchu mustache is priceless.
10. The Birth of the “New Shamanic” School of Acting
What’s next for Nic? Well, in addition to Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, he’s got a whole lot of other projects coming out soon—but he’s also interested in educating the world about his acting style, which he calls “New Shamanic.” In fact, he even plans to write a book about it. Carry on! P.S. Picture is unrelated. I just think it’s funny.
Be sure to check out Ghost Rider: Spiriti of Vengeance this weekend for an action-packed good time!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.