Via HeyUGuys.Co.UK, an excellent list of what could have been…
I know you read the title of this article and thought to yourself, “say what?” I KNOW! It’s crazy to think that Nicolas Cage doesn’t play every character ever written because he is truly the most amazing actor ever…period. That is what you were thinking, right? Moving on…
On a side note, I happen to adore Nicolas Cage. Why? Well, I think he does something that other actors aren’t willing to do. He goes friggin crazy. YES. He goes totally off the reservation no matter what role he’s playing. For example, he could play a single dad coaching his son’s football team to the state finals. The difference? Old Nic would play him as an alcoholic with a violent temper. Why would he do this? BECAUSE HE’S NICOLAS CAGE. That’s why.
As my wife and I spent a beautiful Saturday indoors watching many Nicolas Cage classics like THE WICKER MAN and VAMPIRE’S KISS, a thought came to me. What if you took Nic’s flair for the insane and applied it to characters that actually required that approach? Would it work?
Well I have good news for you folks. I’ve spent the last month combing through my movie collection and using my feeble mind, I was able to single out 5 characters that Nicolas Cage could have played with ease. Ready? Let’s begin and please let me know what you think in the comments below. Which movies have I missed?
Now this one is a dead give-away. I can see it now. This could have been really intense. Even though Jack Nicholson played this character with frightening and legendary success, I still think Nicolas Cage could have brought some extra gifts to the table.
For example, rarely do I see a Nicolas Cage movie where he’s not throwing or breaking something (furniture, faces, basically whatever is around). When Jack blows a microchip and tries to kill his wife and kid, this technique could have been employed to further heighten the tension. This character was tailor-made for the skillset of Mr. Cage, but I think it was a little before his time. Plus, imagine Cage working with Kubrick. Ah, to dream…
Again, this is perfect territory for Cage. A cop teetering on the edge of sanity, walking around all day with a gun, causing destruction and mayhem everywhere he goes… as I type this my mind wanders with amazement.
I’d be surprised if Nic didn’t screen test for this role. I feel like he can’t not screen test for this type of role. I can imagine him with the feathered hair, drinking and holding a loaded gun to his head in his trailer by the beach. Oh wait, that’s how I imagine him in real life. Go back and give LETHAL WEAPON a watch, but imagine Nic speaking Mel Gibson’s lines. Tell me I’m wrong!
Daniel Day Lewis’ portrayal of oil baron Daniel Plainview is hard to top because the second half of THERE WILL BE BLOOD was Plainview basically going crazy. It was awesome.
So it seems only fitting that Nicolas Cage could have employed that trademark psychosis he is so famous for to get the job done. Mind you, he would have lacked the emotional depth that Day Lewis brought to the role, but let’s be honest. Stick Nicolas Cage in the “milkshake scene”. Imagine his take on that. He would have requested a semi-automatic weapon instead of a bowling pin. Then after he was finished murdering Paul Dano, he would walk out of the room in slow motion with doves flying away behind him. It’s breathtaking really.
This one’s easy. I just think it would be amazing to see Nic dressed up in Jareth’s costume with the crazy hair and make-up while singing. That’s all.
In my humble opinion, Tony Montana is the essence of crazy. To this day, there hasn’t been a more volatile and explosive nutjob like him. It’s one of Pacino’s career-defining performances. So what could Nicolas Cage do with this role? Well for starters, he’d probably ignore the Cuban accent and just use good-old fashioned “Cage Speak”. (Writer’s Note: Cage Speak is a self-created term that refers to Nicolas Cage’s ability to make even the most mundane sentence extremely dramatic and intense) Also, Tony Montana is a “loud talker”. Nic has been known to scream arbitrarily in scenes that don’t really require screaming. Perfect match. I could overlook Tony’s Cuban heritage and regional diction for some good old-fashioned scene-chewing. Couldn’t you?(For Further Interest: Al Pacino is another actor with a history of extremely over-the-top performances.)