Nicolas Cage has always been known for his extremes, both in his acting choices and in his personal life.
Amidst all the weddings, quirky movie picks and extravagant spending that wiped out her $ 200million fortune, the 57-year-old movie star has never been known for drug scandals, signs of failure. or burnout, according to a 2018 profile in The Guardian. He takes pride in his work ethic and staying healthy, the profile said.
That changed last week when reports and video surfaced of him being kicked out of an upscale Las Vegas restaurant, where he was “completely drunk and rowdy” and taken for a ” homeless”. Page six reported, citing shared images by the sun.
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References to “Leaving Las Vegas” were inevitable in these tabloids about his rowdy behavior at Lawry’s Prime Rib on September 13. Cage won an Oscar in 1996 for his devastating portrayal of an alcoholic screenwriter who travels to Las Vegas to get drunk to death. .
Cage was kicked out of the restaurant after arguing with a staff member, according to Page Six and the Sun. The video showed the unshaven Oscar winner sitting on a sofa, wearing leopard-print pants and a black t-shirt, and struggling to slip his bare feet into flip flops.
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Eyewitnesses told The Sun that he was “in terrible shape and was walking around without shoes.” Restaurant staff also said he drank shots of 1980 tequila and Macallan single malt whiskey, which can cost $ 2,800 or more.
âHe was yelling at people and trying to fight, and then the staff asked him to leave,â a witness told The Sun.
Cage appeared to be in better health in photos taken last week on the Los Angeles set of his new movie, “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.” Whatever is going on with Cage in Las Vegas, the Daily Mail has shared photos of him filming a scene in Los Angeles with co-star Demi Moore. Other photos showed him filming the scene of a brawl and fist fight with a male co-star.
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Oddly enough, Cage plays a fictional version of himself in the film, in which his movie star must play some of his most iconic and beloved movie characters in order to save his wife and daughter from a baron of the notorious drug, according to the film’s synopsis.
The plot of the film certainly raises other questions, including the bizarre possibility that Cage’s uncontrollable behavior in Las Vegas was somehow part of the production. It might be wild speculation, but maybe Cage was somehow channeling his “Leaving Las Vegas” alcoholic character.
With this 1995 film, Cage established himself as one of the most unique and talented performers in the industry, “who gave every role his all.” Vox’s fFilm and culture writers Alissa Wilkerson and Aja Romano wrote.
This awards season, Cage has garnered some of the best reviews of his career with his new independent film, the surprisingly serious and poetic “Pig”. He plays a grizzled chef turned truffle hunter who goes in search of his stolen pig.
After “Leaving Las Vegas”, Cage went on to become one of Hollywood’s highest-grossing stars with a blockbuster hit streak including “The Rock”, “Con Air”, “Face / Off” and the “National Series” Treasure “. He could also play the romantic lead, goofy comedy character, or serious action hero, Vox said. His film choices have been wildly varied and unpredictable, ranging from âserious drama to exuberant schlock,â including the largely derided 2006 remake of cult horror classic âThe Wicker Man,â Vox added.
Cage’s reputation for being irrelevant or out of control also comes from losing much of his fortune by engaging in bizarre expenses, buying a stolen dinosaur skull costing $ 412,000 and a collection of real estate. , including exotic private islands and an 11th century castle.
Cage has also been married five times, most recently in February in Las Vegas to a woman named Riko Shibata, 30 years his junior. He was married to Patricia Arquette from 1995 to 2001, and Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley, but their marriage in 2002 lasted only three months.
Even with all the ups and downs of his career, Cage was pushed to work, he told the Guardian. He said he takes pride in staying healthy and having a strong work ethic, presumably for not performing – like other struggling celebrities – with uncontrollable substance-fueled behavior.
âI think my kids have to give thanks for this,â said Cage, father of two sons, 30 and 15. “When you’re a father, you can’t behave like that.”
In the interview, Cage also revealed that the job is almost a compulsion, a way to keep himself from falling into self-destructive behavior.
âIf I don’t have a place to go in the morning and a job to do, it can be very self-destructive,â Cage said. “Then I’m just going to sit down and order two bottles of red wine and dissolve them, and I don’t want to be that person, so I have to work.”