Maybe you've heard of Nicolas Cage for his stellar performances in Snake Eyes, Bangkok Dangerous, and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. You might know him as that guy who spent a few months maried to Lisa Marie Presley. You probably clap excitedly every time you manag to catch one of his Queen Village scenes from National Treasure when it re-airs on TNT every Sunday afternoon between 2006 and next week. "Look! Headhouse Square!"
But, knowing Nicolas Cage for these things and/or occasionally asking your friends why they couldn't put the bunny back in the box only qualifies you as a moderate Nicolas Cage fan. It makes you a mere observer when compared to the faction of people on the Internet who eat, sleep, and breathe Nic Cage fandom.
There's Nic Cage as Everyone, which (SURPRISE!) prominently features the actor's face and relies heavily on Photoshop.
There's "Nic Cage Losing His Sh**" on YouTube, which has been viewed nearly 10 million times.
Then there was the time that a guy on eBay claimed that Nicolas Cage is a vampire who reinvents himself every 75 years. The guy had a photo, allegedly from 1870, of a man with a strong resemblance to the actor. He wanted $1 million for it.
Basically, the Internet loves Nicolas Cage. And, while that isn't exacly a startling revelation, it's nice to know he appreciates it. A recent profile published by The Guardian reveals, among other things, that Nicolas Cage knows about the memes and kind of gets what they're all about.
"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."
Most of it seems affectionate, I suggest.
"Well," a sudden, sardonic smile, "it is, but with enormous amounts of irony. Affection loaded with irony."
Additionally, the profile contains endless gems from the actor.
- "I invite the entire spectrum, shall we call it, of feeling. Because that is my greatest resource as a film actor. I need to be able to feel everything, which is why I refuse to go on any kind of medication. Not that I need to!"
- "I would rather be a performer than an actor. Acting to me implies lying. 'He's the greatest actor in the world' is like saying, 'He's the greatest liar in the world.' To perform, in my opinion, is more about emotion."
- "...I was still trying to live my punk rock dreams. I did not want to be in a big splashy romantic comedy with Cher."
The interview and subsequent piece are a part of a European press tour that has Cage promoting his forthcoming film, The Frozen Ground, which also stars John Cusack. While promoting the film, Cage previously revealed to BBCNews that he only "dabbled" in drugs for about six months or so.