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Why Nicolas Cage Is Simultaneously The Best And Worst, In Honor Of His Birthday

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Hot 1980′s Cage (Image: YouTube)

Nicolas Cage - The man, the myth, the legend (the hairdos). Whether you know him from his movies or simply from his internet infamy, everyone seems to know Nic Cage. In honor of his 50th birthday, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of being Nic Cage, aka why he is the best and also the worst. Also, there will be gifs. Oh the GIFs! And memes! Because the Internet loves Nicolas Cage like I love cupcakes, and boy do I love cupcakes.

Why Nicolas Cage is the worst

That hair

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Ever seen that episode of American Dad where Roger the alien wears a bunch of seagulls on his head as a wig? Yeah, well even THAT would be better than the bevy of ridiculous hairstyles Nicolas Cage has tried to pull off over the years. Dude, you’re balding, embrace it. Bruce Willis did (except for a few notable, awful, exceptions).

His movies 

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The only thing stranger than Nic Cage’s hair choices are the roles he chooses to take. I’m not talking about strangely sexy 1980′s–Nic Cage, obviously. No, I’m talking about National Treasure, Con-Air and most importantly, as a comic book nerd, Ghost Rider-era Nicolas Cage.

 His “acting”

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If overacting were a state, Nic Cage would be Texas. If over-acting were a punishable offense, Nic Cage would be serving life in prison. If over-acting…I think you know what I’m getting at. I hate to pick on Ghost Rider…actually, I live for picking on that abomination. That movie is what they should show in acting classes on what not to do. Or in clown school about the best way to be ridiculous.

Why Nicolas Cage is the best

His name

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Fun Nic Cage fact – he was actually born Nicolas Kim Coppola. Yes, as in THAT Coppola. Who else would give up such a famous Hollywood name in order to pursue a more fair acting career. There is something seriously noble about wanting to make it on your own. Either that, or he wanted as little to do with Sofia Coppola as possible. Either reason is great.

His hair

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Okay, so as terrible as Nic Cage’s hair truly is, it’s also kind of his signature. And there’s something endearing about a man either so clueless of so “I DGAF” a about his ridiculous hair. You gotta love a man with confidence, even if that confidence manifests itself as a terrible combover.

His “acting”

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This should have been the “Kiss Of Death” for his career, but he carries on…

A Nic Cage movie without over-acting isn’t really a Nic Cage movie at all, is it? This is my theory on why there is such a huge disconnect in my mind between sexy, sexy 1980s Cage and current, dorky dad with a toupee Cage. Current Nic Cage movies are delightfully weird and his over-acting is the icing on the weirdness cake.

His movies

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Like I said above, current Nic Cage movies can be awesome and weird. Take the Kick Ass franchise, for example. I think the key to a successfully enjoyable Nic Cage film is that he has to not be taking himself so seriously. This was the problem with the National Treasure movies. Dude, you’re just not a believable action hero. Middle-aged Batman-type super hero, on the other hand? Okay, I’ll bite.

His internet fame

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I know this has very little to do with anything Nic Cage has actually done, but I thoroughly enjoy the Nicolas Cage-as-a-human-meme phenomenon on the internet. I mean, come on…

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But the very best part of the whole Nic Cage, Internet star thing is his acceptance of it. According to an interview he did with The Guardian last year:

“Oh my god. I just can’t keep up with that stuff,” he says. “The internet has developed this thing about me – and I’m not even a computer guy, you know? I don’t know why it is happening. I’m trying not to… lemme say this: I’m now of the mindset that, when in Rome, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”

Isn’t that just the most endearing thing ever? So, have a great birthday, you weird, toupeed, awesome S.O.B. You earned it. Just never do another Ghost Rider movie again.

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    hahaha this is hilarious. nic cage plays the same role, has the same voice, etc, etc, in every movie. he kills me.

  • http://poorgoop.com/ Samantha

    Nicolas Cage is a symbol of hope. For every terrible Ghost Rider, you could wind up with a Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. And for every self-serious Wicker Man, you could get a super fun Season of the Witch. And his Ghost Rider 2 Comic-Con panel actually sold me on seeing the second one in theaters because he’s so likeably weird.

  • Jill O’Rourke

    Community recently had a plot where Abed tries to solve whether Nic Cage is good or bad. It was pretty great. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUhAomup4E0

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      YES!

  • Cordelia_Gray

    I unashamedly love Nic Cage. I even love Ghost Rider, because Nic Cage + Sam Elliot + flaming skeletons on motorcycles = AWESOME. Oh, and he’s got a kid named Kal-El. Seriously, a man after my own heart.