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"He Will Be Buried In A Pyramid" And Other Facts About Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage is an iconic figure in the realm of pop culture. While there is a subreddit dedicated to him (OneTrueGod), there are a number of memes of him that seem to constantly be circling the internet. The man himself, however, is an extremely fascinating guy. Here are some shocking facts about Nicolas Cage.


Picky Eater

  1. Cage eats animas based on how they have sex. He refuses to eat things unless they are dignified while mating.

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He was stalked by a mime. Cage said it would appear on his movie sets and follow him around everywhere.

What the fudge? 

  1. Cafe was once woken up by a naked homeless man standing over him with he was eating a fugesicle. The man was arrested by the police but Cage pressed no charges.

Speedster

Cage once drove 180 mph on the freeway: Cage likes to drive fast, if not necessarily angry. "Well, Amber [Heard] is still raising her eyebrow at me because I said that I've been 180 miles per hour on the 405 freeway on a motorcycle and she doesn't believe me but it's a true story. I did it coming home from work at 3 in the morning on another movie I made about cars called Gone in 60 Seconds. I bought a Yamaha-1 and I was doing 180 miles per hour home on the 405 and that's really, really crazy but I did it."

Resting Place

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He will be buried in a pyramid. As a celebrity, you need to think about whats going to happen after you die. You need to keep your corpse secure from grave-robbers and crazed fans, and Nicolas Cage is set in that department. Hes got a nine foot tall stone pyramid in one of New Orleans most famous cemeteries that his body will be interred within.

Ick

He once ate 3 cockroaches while filming a scene for the movie Vampires Kiss.

Royal Ride

Cage owns a Lamborghini that used to belong to Prince Ali-Reza Pahlavi, the former prince of Iran.

The Long Game

Proposed to Patricia Arquette on the day he met her in the early 1980s. Arquette thought he was a bit strange but played along with his antics by creating a list of things Cage would have to fulfill to win her. When he started to work his way through the list, Arquette got scared and avoided him. They met again many years later and went on to marry.

Famous High

Went to the same high school as Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Lenny Kravitz, David Schwimmer, Rob Reiner and Betty White, to name a few.

Doesn't Pussyfoot Around

When Late Show host David Letterman asked Cage whether he drank beer in high school in 2010, the movie star said one time he and his cat devoured a bag of mushrooms that had been in his refrigerator.

What's In A Name?

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To stand out from his famous relatives, he chose Cage, inspired by the African-American comic book superhero Luke Cage.

Anything For Love

He met his first wife, Patricia Arquette, at a deli in Los Angeles. During their courtship, she asked him to bring her J.D. Salingers signature on something to prove that he really loved her (he did).

Method

In "Birdy" (1984), he played a ladies man who was severely wounded in Vietnam, and during production, he decided to get his teeth pulled in real life so that he could connect with some kind of physical pain.

Charitable

Not just a strange guy, Nicolas Cage donated $1 million to Hurricane Katrina victims.

Goodwill

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He has served as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice since 2010, recently calling for greater efforts to help human trafficking victims in Nov. 2013.

Tats

He got a back tattoo of a lizard in a top hat and cane "to claim my own body, adding, other cultures have initiations into manhood and thats what the tattoo was for me", he told reporters for the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1994.

Dr. Cage?

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts by California State University, Fullerton and also spoke at the commencement.

Sound Off

Cage said he realized that all great movie stars, such as Spencer Tracy, had had recognizable voices, so he has changed and stylized his own voice to be distinctive.

Castle In The Clouds

In 1997, he lived in a fake castle on the outskirts Los Angeles and wanted to import an authentic one from overseas.

Dream On

In an interview, he revealed that when he was four, Cage would have this recurring dream in which he was on the toilet and this giant blonde genie woman in a gold bikini would reach into the bathroom window like King Kong and pluck him off of the toilet seat and laugh.

Love Triangle

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Nicolas Cage and Michael Jackson were both married to the same woman: Lisa Marie Presley.

Meet Cute

Cage and Presley met at a birthday party for rock guitarist Johnny Ramone, and the Ramones star was the best man at their wedding.

On Screen Torture 

The directors of "The Croods" (2013) essentially waterboarded Cage when they were shooting a scene in which the actor had to scream into a large tank of water.

Love Line

He met his future wife, Alice Kim Cage, at a sushi bar where she was a waitress. They married in 2004.

Highest Bidder

Nicolas Cage appreciates the finer things in life, like that time he spent more than $275,000 and outbid Leonardo DiCaprio for a dinosaur skull.

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After leaving a club in the country while promoting Ghost Rider, he got into a fight with his friend and ran through the streets yelling I thought we were brothers, man, and Ill die in the name of honor.

Method To His Madness

He developed his own acting method, and it's called Nouveau Shamanic: Cage formally studied acting for about six months and looked to thespians like Robert De Niro and then Laurence Olivier as models at various points in his career. But then: "By the time I got around to "Vampire's Kiss" and then "Bad Lieutenant" and now this movie, "Drive Angry" and then also "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," I had realized that I'd developed my own style and process and school of acting which is called Nouveau Shamanic. That's the new style of acting and at some point I'll have to write a book."

Spendthrift 

Nicolas Cage is notorious for his profligate spending, blowing huge sums on castles, yachts, a jet and a T-rex skull. So when it came time for him to get a pet for his house, no dog or cat would do. Instead, the actor dropped a bundle on an octopus, telling the press that he needed it to help him with his acting.

Reppin'

He still loves reptiles, telling Vanity Fair in Sep. 2013 that he asked to hold a venomous snake to calm his nerves on the set of the movie "Joe" (2013).

Superman Fan

Mr. Cage owned one of the most expensive comics ever published: a pristine copy of Action Comics #1, sold at auction for over $2 million. And if that wasn't enough, he named his kid Kal-El.

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The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood's searing novel, was written at the height of the Reagan administration and satirized political, social, and religious trends of the 1980s. It's also a hit television series on Hulu that returns on June 5.

While we still have a long way to go before we can find out what's next for June/Offred in the Republic of Gilead, we can, at the very least, regale you with some cool facts about one of the most enduring stories of the last three decades.

The Trailer for Season 3 Plays Off a Slogan from the Reagan Era

Perhaps the best thing that came out of the Super Bowl––aside from the memes haggling Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, that is––was the trailer for the third season of the Hulu series.

The trailer lampoons former President Ronald Regan's 1984 "Morning in America" political campaign television commercial.

"It's morning again in America," you hear over a soundtrack and images that resound with boundless optimism. Things turn dark from there. Soon the camera freezes on Elisabeth Moss's face: "Wake up, America," she says.

Margaret Atwood's Follow-Up Will Be Released Later This Year

Margaret Atwood will release a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale titled The Testaments in September 2019. The Testaments is unconnected to Hulu's adaptation and will feature the testimonials of three female narrators from Gilead.

This literary device keeps with the metafictional epilogue that follows Offred's story in the original novel. The novel ends much in the way Season 1 ends: with Offred entering the van at Nick's insistence. The epilogue explains how the events of the novel were recorded onto cassette tapes after the beginning of what scholars have come to describe as "The Gilead Period." An interview with a noted academic implies that a more equitable society, one with full rights for women and freedom of religion restored, emerged following the collapse of the Republic of Gilead.

Serena Joy Waterford Is Likely Based On A Noted Conservative Activist

As the series goes on, we learn more about Serena Joy Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) and her beginnings.

Serena was a conservative activist who, along with her husband Fred, spearheaded the Puritan movement that ultimately gave rise to Gilead. Inspired by women whom she perceives to have "abandoned" their families in the name of female autonomy, Serena Joy delivers impassioned speeches at venues around the nation calling for policies that would place women back in the home. She even wrote a bestselling book, A Woman's Place, that served as the vessel for much of her conservative dogma and inspired many of the Commander's Wives who become her friends and neighbors.

Serena was likely based on conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, who established herself over many years as one of the fiercest antifeminist and anti-abortion advocates in the United States. Schlafly was also a vociferous opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment, which she considered an attack against traditional gender roles.

The 1990 Film Adaptation Had a Messy Production

A film version of The Handmaid's Tale was released in 1990. It starred Natasha Richardson as Offred, Faye Dunaway as Serena Joy, Robert Duvall as Commander Waterford, Aidan Quinn as Nick, Victoria Tennant as Aunt Lydia, and Elizabeth McGovern as Moira.

The film was not well received and had a messy production. Director Volker Schlöndorff replaced original director Karel Reisz amid internal bickering over a screenplay by Harold Pinter. Schlöndorff asked for rewrites, and Pinter, who was reluctant to do them, directed him to author Margaret Atwood, who was one of several who ended up making changes to Pinter's screenplay.

Pinter told his biographer years later [as quoted in Harold Printer, p. 304] that:

It became … a hotchpotch. The whole thing fell between several shoots. I worked with Karel Reisz on it for about a year. There are big public scenes in the story and Karel wanted to do them with thousands of people. The film company wouldn't sanction that so he withdrew. At which point Volker Schlondorff came into it as director. He wanted to work with me on the script, but I said I was absolutely exhausted. I more or less said, 'Do what you like. There's the script. Why not go back to the original author if you want to fiddle about?' He did go to the original author. And then the actors came into it. I left my name on the film because there was enough there to warrant it—just about. But it's not mine'.

Star Natasha Richardson reportedly felt "cast adrift" when much of Offred's interior monologue was sacrificed as a result of cuts made to the screenplay.

The Film and TV Series Aren't The Only Adaptations of This Seminal Work

There are several different adaptations of Atwood's seminal work, including, but not limited to:

  • an audiobook read by Homeland actress Claire Danes that won the 2013 Audie Award for Fiction
  • a concept album by Canadian band Lakes of Canada
  • a radio adaptation produced in 2000 for BBC Radio 4
  • an operatic adaptation that premiered in 2000 and was the opening production of the 2004–2005 season of the Canadian Opera Company.

Elisabeth Moss, the Star of the Hulu Series, is a Scientologist

Between The West Wing, Mad Men, Top of the Lake, and The Handmaid's Tale, Elisabeth Moss has a reputation for starring in critically acclaimed television shows.

Much has been made, however, of her casting as Offred. Moss was born into the Scientologist belief system, which the German government has classified as an "anti-constitutional sect," the French government has classified as a cult, and the American government has allowed individuals to practice freely though not without considerable contention. Moss also identifies as a feminist.

Asked by a fan about the parallels between Gilead and Scientology (namely the belief that "outside forces" are inherently "evil") Moss responded:

"That's actually not true at all about Scientology. Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me. The most important things to me probably. And so Gilead and THT hit me on a very personal level."

An Episode During Season 2 Highlighted President Donald Trump's Border Crisis

Last summer, President Donald Trump and his administration created a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border when he and Jeff Sessions, his former attorney general, announced their "zero tolerance" family separations policy. The president blamed Democrats for the policy, imploring them to "start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration."

As images and stories of children ripped away from their parents at the border began to circulate, the Season 2 episode "The Last Ceremony" showed just how timely the show really is: After Offred is raped by the Waterfords, Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) allows June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss) to visit her daughter, Hannah, in an undisclosed location. June is given 10 minutes with her daughter before a guard forcibly separates them again.

The episode, written well before the crisis was initiated, premiered just as Homeland Security admitted that more than 2,300 children had been separated from their parents.

Another Episode During Season 2 Appeared to Predict Canada-U.S. Relations

The fallout between the United States and Canada during the G7 summit appeared to have reached its peak once President Donald Trump refused to sign a joint statement with America's allies and threatened to escalate a trade war between America's neighbors. He also referred to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "weak."

The Season 2 episode "Smart Power"––in which Canadian diplomats ban Gilead's representatives from the country and choose to stand with the women imprisoned in the totalitarian nation in a nod to the #MeToo movement––was written and premiered before the G7 blowup, but is no less prophetic.

In Season 2, Kate Bush's "This Woman's Work" Becomes an Ode to Female Resilience

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Pray God you can cope
I'll stand outside
This woman's work
This woman's world
Ooooh it's hard on a man
Now his part is over
Now starts the craft of the FatherI
know you've got a little life in you left
I know you've got a lot of strength left
I know you've got a little life in you yet
I know you've got a lot of strength left
I should be crying but I just can't let it show
I should be hoping but I can't stop thinking
All the things we should've said that I never said
All the things we should have done that we never did
All the things we should have given but I didn't
Oh darling make it go
Make it go away
















"It was shattering and perfect," said Bruce Miller, who created the Hulu Handmaid's Tale adaptation. "One of the things I really like about the song is that on its face, there's a bit of very interesting lyrical play. It's nice that that's going on while you're watching."

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