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Nicolas Cage


AFTER MAKING HIS NAME IN CLASSIC COMEDIES — PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, Moonstruck and Raising Arizona (not a bad opening résumé)—Nic Cage segued into intense dramas, like David Lynch’s Wild at Heart (1990) and his Oscar-winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas (1995). But that was just Act I and II. By 1997, the actor had graduated to…let’s call it the borderline nutso phase of his career: the high-octane, low-talking eccentrics of Face/ Off (1997) and Bad Lieutenant (2009), to name just two. And Cage gets it: He knows how over-the-top his performances can look out of context. But there’s serious deliberation behind the 54-year-old actor’s madness.

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