Nicholas Kim Coppola, or Nicolas Cage to us mere mortals, is undoubtedly the most fascinating man on the planet. Why? The following five videos might clue you in to the man's appeal. We'll give you a clue: he's fucking crazy. With his latest movie, Bangkok Dangerous, out this Friday, we take a look at his five most OTT moments to date. With almost $2 billion of box-office bank to his name, it's clear we schmucks can't get enough of Nicolas Cage and his bizarre antics - long may his horsey face loom over Hollywood, laughing like the maddest bastard who ever lived.
5. NICOLAS CAGE, HOTHEAD
GHOST RIDER (2006)
Nic fulfilled a lifelong dream (well, almost) when he played the part of his comic-book hero Johnny Blaze: motorcycle stuntman turned Devil's own bounty hunter. It's telling that even though you're basically watching a man's head catch fire, the most ridiculous thing about this clip is Cage's hair.
4. NICOLAS CAGE, HONORARY BRIT
NATIONAL TREASURE 2 (2008)
In the script (yes, this movie actually had a script), this scene read simply 'Nicolas makes a scene' - trust good old Cage to fill in the blanks. Interesting fact: the copper who pulls him away at the end is the son of Edward Woodward, who starred in... well, you'll see.
3. NICOLAS CAGE, SELLOUT
SANKYO PACHINKO ADS (2006)
Though Nicolas Cage certainly isn't the only Hollywood star to lend his name to some piece o' shit Japanese game/beer/toaster, very few sell out with quite as much gusto. Pfft, it's not like he's got much indie credibility left these days anyway. Let's all play PACHINKO!
2. NICOLAS CAGE, BADASS
WILD AT HEART (1990)
Say what you want about Cage and his recent output (it's shit, puerile, a waste of time and money... and so on) but he's done his hard graft in movies that matter. Take this short (perhaps NSFW) clip from David Lynch's typically twisted road movie: it's like being beaten up by Elvis himself.
1. NICOLAS CAGE, ENEMY OF BEES
THE WICKER MAN (2006)
No explanation necessary, really - if you've seen the film, you'll know just how batshit crazy Cage's remake of the British horror classic is. If you haven't seen it? This compilation of all the best bits tells you everything you need to know. "NOT THE BEES! NOT THE BEES!"