Nicolas Cage is one of those actors that everyone used to really love, but then he fell out of fashion and everyone sort of stopped paying attention to him. If you're one of those people, here are some hidden gems from his oeuvre that prove, without hyperbole, that he is one of the greatest actors of our generation.
Terence Mcdonagh in "Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans"
He's a fearless actor. He doesn't care if you think he goes over the top. If a film calls for it, he will crawl to the top hand over hand with bleeding fingernails.
Charlie And Donald Kaufman In "Adaptation"
There are often lists of the great living male movie stars: De Niro, Nicholson and Pacino, usually. How often do you see the name of Nicolas Cage? He should always be up there. He's daring and fearless in his choice of roles, and unafraid to crawl out on a limb, saw it off and remain suspended in air. No one else can project inner trembling so effectively.... He always seems so earnest. However improbable his character, he never winks at the audience. He is committed to the character with every atom and plays him as if he were him.
Castor Troy and Sean Archer in "Face/Off"
Behmen in "Season of the Witch"
Edward Malus in "Wicker Man"
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