Nicolas Cage is well known for appearing in tons of projects throughout the years, rivaling such prolific performers as Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson, and amassing over 100 film credits on IMDb. Given that the star has performed in so many classic films, including National Treasure, Face Off, The Rock, Mandy, and so many others, it may shock general audiences to learn that Cage has only held a great deal of enthusiasm for five scripts in his decades-long career.
According to a quote from the performer that has been making the rounds on X (formerly Twitter), Nicolas Cage has only ever insisted on appearing in Vampire’s Kiss, Leaving Las Vegas, Raising Arizona, Adaptation, and Dream Scenario.
Nicolas Cage has been in over 100 films, but there’s only five that he absolutely had to do.
This news, which has left Ghost Rider fans in shambles, has left many to wonder why the actor has performed in so many films despite his apparent lack of interest in their subject matter.
While Nicolas Cage was most likely exaggerating to some extent when he made his initial comments, it’s also likely that the star’s choice to show up in such a wide array of movies is due to extenuating circumstances. For starters, Cage lives an incredibly lavish lifestyle, collecting expensive art pieces and artifacts in his home, including a $276,000 Tyrannosaurus skull.
It has been reported in the past that Nicolas Cage was once taking any role that came across his desk as a means of paying off more than $6.3 million in unpaid property taxes owed to the IRS…
In a shocking turn of events, the dinosaur skull was reported stolen, prompting Nicolas Cage to return it to its country of origin without seeing a dime returned for his efforts.
While most of us can’t imagine working in over a dozen films per year, it’s also highly unlikely that the average person has lost a fully paid mortgage worth of money on a bad fossil investment. Unfortunately for Nicolas Cage, this $276,000 loss was just a drop in the bucket for his financial sorrows.
It has been reported in the past that Nicolas Cage was once taking any role that came across his desk as a means of paying off more than $6.3 million in unpaid property taxes owed to the IRS, resulting in the star appearing in a number of questionable roles. Nicolas Cage has even been lambasted in popular culture for his wide array of projects, including an iconic episode of the hit NBC sitcom Community.
Nicolas Cage is an Academy Award winner, something that fans might not remember while watching Jiu-Jitsu or Season of the Witch.
In the scene, Danny Pudi’s Abed Nadir takes an entire community college course dedicated to studying Cage and his career, with a thesis focused on determining whether or not the prolific actor is “good” or “bad” at embodying a role.
The results of the fictional course were ultimately inconclusive, causing Abed to spiral into a cinematic meltdown punctuated with a hilarious Nicolas Cage impression. Cage is, of course, far from the only actor to phone in a few lackluster performances, but his presumed passion for a number of films in his catalog has earned him a cult following of fans who have no idea what to expect when they see the star’s face on a movie poster.
Nicolas Cage currently has four films in various stages of active production listed on his IMDb page, though the quality of the upcoming films is truly anyone’s guess.