Any regular visitor to The Snooty Ushers site will know that we have a special place for the acting legend that is Nicolas Cage.
As today, January 7th 2017 is his 53rd Birthday, we have decided to devote an entire week to the great man.
Nicolas Coppola was born in Long beach California to a Professor and a dancer. With his uncle on his father side being Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola, there is little surprise that he found his way into acting. Not wanting to trade on the family name, he changed his and being a big fan of comic books, he chose the name of his favourite hero Luke Cage and the legend was born.
So, why is he such a firm favourite here at Snooty Usher Towers? Is it the fact that he has made such classic films as Con Air, Face/Off and The Rock? Is it is vast array of quality hair pieces he has worn down the years? Maybe, is it the fact that he is a 2 time Academy Award nominated actor, winning in 1995 for Leaving Last Vegas? Is it even his trade mark Cage Rage shouting moments? Well, yes, all of those, but it all started in 2011. Let me take you on a journey….
Myself and Rich (as we all did) worked together as glorified cinema ushers at the Odeon Metrocentre in Gateshead (other cinema chains are available). One of the many varied and interesting jobs that we had was to change the posters. It was at this point that we discovered a film poster for a little release called Season of The Witch. For some reason, it really struck a chord with us and we began to champion its release with a relentless social media campaign which consisted of a daily countdown with pictures, posters and trailers, to much ridicule.
Upon its release, by which time we had Dan firmly on board, we watched the film and while it’s quality was somewhat questionable, our enjoyment was undeniable. After this, Cage was releasing Drive Angry a few months later, so our campaign began all over again. It was also at this time that there was a second hand DVD shop in the Metrocentre, Rich and I would spend days collecting Nicolas Cage’s back catalogue. What started as a bit of laugh, turned into a slight obsession and now is a genuine collection. I, myself own 65 Nicolas Cage films of varying degrees of quality, but there really are some hidden gems in there.
Over the coming week, we will share with you the highs and lows and really, really lows of his career and have a little fun along the way. So strap in and enjoy with us as we celebrate Cage Week.