Nicolas Cage Before He Was Nicolas Cage

BuzzFeed’s Hollywood scientists have unearthed rare footage of a young Nicolas Coppola in his natural state: 1980’s beach hunk. It is beautiful to behold.

1. “The Best Of Times” was a television special in 1981.

It dealt with the ups and downs of being a teenager in Cold War America. It (tried) to be funny, was often way too serious, and threw in some incredible song-and-dance numbers to help viewers swallow it all.

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2. But most importantly…

…it gave us Nicolas Cage (then going by his birth name of Nicolas Coppola).

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3. Before he was annually losing “Hollywood’s Craziest Grinner” to Gary Busey, Nic Cage was actually a pretty strapping hunk:

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4. The young Cage was a master of his body, totally in control of every muscle and sinew.

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5. He invented Cage Fu and tried to share it with the other residents of the muscle beach, but sadly, they didn’t notice.

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6. But the babes took notice.

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7. Even he took notice.

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8. It was a good life he led, young Cage. One filled with dancing…

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9. …polishing his butt with his friends…

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10. …and driving go karts.

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12. But charmed though his life was, it was not without its misfortunes…

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13. …and held its confusing, ethical gray areas as well.

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14. The young Nicolas was worried he’d be drafted into a possible war in El Salvador.

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15. Which, frankly, would have cut into his beach time.

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16. But ever the optimist, Nic saw a bright side to being drafted into a war.

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17. Moral dilemma averted, Cage celebrated!

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18. Winning pick up line in hand, Cage returned to the beach…

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19. …worked some more on his abs…

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20. …and proceeded to totally knock a babe out with this masterpiece.

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21. Too easy!

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22. Young Nicolas Cage, you were a joy to behold, a treasure of 1980’s television.

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23. Be you Cage, Coppola, or Ghost Rider…

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24. …we applaud you.

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25. Watch “The Best Of Times” in its entirety right here.

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