There’s a serious backlash building against the Nicolas Cage backlash, as if a whole chunk of film fans simultaneously came to the conclusion that his body of questionable and bad work is actually entertaining as hell. (That it all stands apart from his unquestionably good work isn’t in question.) I’m right there with it; my last viewings of Knowing and The Wicker Man pushed me to the point where I’m actively looking forward to films like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Drive Angry and Hungry Rabbit Jumps. (OK, Cage’s work in Bad Lieutenant and great buzz for Kick-Ass certainly didn’t hurt.)
But it might get out of hand. Since November, Nic Cage has been infecting cinema as a whole, as chronicled on the photoblog Nic Cage as Everyone.
I’m not going to sugar-coat this: a great many of the entries photoshopping Cage into every role from Edward Cullen to Jerry Maguire to Death (in The Seventh Seal) are really quite terrible. Nice tries, sure, but they’re not quite there. But then there are the ones that jump out as being spot-on. How about Steve Jobs and Mo’nique’s character in Precious? Harvey Milk? Yep, that’s good. Tony Stark? Creepy. Bernie Lomax? YES. And I think it’s obvious that any casting problem for the new Conan the Barbarian film is now solved:
It’s not too late, by the way, to get your very own Nicolas Cage Adventure Set, which we featured a month ago. I shot that link to my roommate immediately after Hunter published it, she bought the set for her boyfriend as a Christmas present and the photo below is part of our gleeful first assembly of the set last week. I want expansion packs! With additional fake colorforms, I could put Cage on the cover of every DVD in the house. Or finally have tools to pitch my ‘Nic Cage starring in a mashup of Lost and Scooby-Doo’ project that has been simmering for years.